It’s the season of harvest, and a great time to reflect on where we’re at with Project Mercury and the [...]
Posted on April 26th, 2010 by marc
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"I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build."
- Howard Roark from 'The Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand, 1942
It’s the season of harvest, and a great time to reflect on where we’re at with Project Mercury and the GMail seeds we’ve sewn this year. It’s oddly appropos that our progress might be articulated by the famous German poet Rainer Maria Rilke:
Who now has no house, wil not build one (anymore).
Who now is alone, will remain so for long,
will wake, and read, and write long letters
and back and forth on the boulevards
will restlessly wander, while the leaves blow.
Herbsttag (Autumn Day)
In a mere three months since inception Project Mercury has met all its targets and reached a critical halfway point in reaching every staff email box. As of today 3133 staff have made the switch to GMail, we now use only 500 of over 15,000 Gigabytes of storage and the system delivers 99.999% uptime while sending 200,000 messages and receiving 100,000 daily. More importantly, though we’ve learned from missteps along the way, we’re getting rave reviews.
None of this would be possible without three critical success factors: the skill and dedication of Team Mercury, cooperative spirit and effort of the United Federation of Infoservices (aka the faculty and departmental IT departments), and of course the enthusiasm and positivity of Macquarie University staff.
At this milestone I extend thanks and congratulations generally to the Informatics team and the Federation for the results to date. These people have worked ridiculous hours together harmoniously and effectively for the good of MQU. It is noticed and appreciated. Particular recognition is due to both Program Manager Tim Abbott and Project Manager Adam Shah for charting the course as well as meeting the standard set by Project Mercury staff and Federation ambassadors and teams alike.
Coincidentally, the Council of Australian Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) asked MQU to brief them in the context of a best practice exemplar.
This PDF of a Keynote presentation I made on 23 April 2010 was the result; in addition to territory familiar to the gentle reader of my earlier post Mercury, swift messenger of Olympus there is additional and new material that covers some additional rationale, progress to date, experiential reference and a few customer testamonials.
Omitted from the PDF for reasons of size and format is an animated timeline visualisation as was projected at the beginning of April. Here’s an H.264 encoded 640×480 pixel MPEG4 weighing in at 15.1Mb. Please contact me if interested in a higher fidelity rendition.
Email. Killer app for Cloud.
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