To the Campus Community:
To provide full access to the next generation of electronic communications and collaboration services essential to achieve Stony Brook's mission of research, education and discovery, I have commissioned a project to recommend a suite of services to meet our immediate needs and position Stony Brook to remain current with our technology tools into the foreseeable future. I have appointed a Steering Committee to investigate options and have asked them to place key emphasis on creating the broadest communications system possible for the campus as a whole, while recognizing that some diversity in systems will be necessary to meet academic needs.
The Steering Committee is co-chaired by Margaret Schedel, assistant professor of music and director of computer music, who chairs the University Senate Committee on Information Technology, and Chris Kielt, chief information officer, and includes representative faculty, students, and staff. The Division of Information Technology will provide staff support to the Committee, including an evaluation of the relevant options and the technical, communications, and support plans that will be needed to migrate email and adopt the new services. I have asked this Committee to give me a systems recommendation and a sensible migration plan by the end of December 2011. It is my expectation that we will act on this recommendation to make new email and collaboration services available for first use beginning in July 2012.
Communication and training will be central to this project's success, and we will keep the Campus Community informed during each stage of the project to ensure a smooth transition for all users as we take Stony Brook to the next level of excellence. Your input and feedback are welcome and may be submitted through the project website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/collaboration. More details will follow in the coming weeks and months.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.