Today the brain suckers came to campus from Mary Washington. Mary Washington is just starting the same project William and Mary did 18 months ago; to convert their legacy administrative applications to SCT Banner. This is just the beginning of a long painful process; They came to get information from us, we to share the pain.
The meeting started at 10:00 am. 11 people from Mary Washington and 5 people from William and Mary started. In the two and a half hours until lunch we discussed the portal project I lead. I say “we” in the broadest sense, as I answered maybe 95% of their questions. The questions were from all quarters: their CIO, their EIS director (the equivilant of my boss), their Network guys, their UNIX admin.
By lunch my brain was dry. Empty. Lacking in further content. Hopefully they put some of that to use.
Thank goodness there were no questions for me after lunch.
Their project has a much cooler name than ours: