Re: Scoutnet 2000
The Hammons family (hhammons@LAUSD.K12.CA.US)
Fri, 26 Dec 1997 11:36:25 -0800
To update what Todd Tingblad wrote, yes there is a Scoutnet 2000
document, In fact, I'm in possesion of two Different Scoutnet 2000
documents. Numero uno, which probably the one that Todd refers to was
published in May of '97, four pages, glossy print, vague statements of
goals and schedules. Number two was a thicker manual type with
recommended hardware and software options. Still left some questions
answered. Now let me respond to Todd's comments.
Step one for each council is form a technology committee(yeas, I'm a
member). Then to start planning a migration to a PC based network. the
reason is that TI has dropped support (yes, already) for the current
Unix boxes. This produced a window of opportunity to correct many
problems with the current system and also take advantage of our next
door neighbors in Irving (yes, the bad boys from Redmond).
Step two is begin training the local staff on M/S Office Pro (National
Site Liscense as $50.00/copy).
This year's deployment is National, Supply and the Regional offices.Over
the Next two years, deploy to the council's and Districts as
applicable(Sistricts as sattelites of the Councils, hey).
As to a point of disagreement, My documents say Frame Relay with
"possible" ISDN to remote districts. As to the costs, Think of the
support costs for "unsupported" systems. Rare Parts, Non-existant
Software upgrades. I've been there before and its cheaper to replace
than to keep the old system running.
They may not make their schedule. It is optomistic but the changes will
be a step in the right direction. The new SQL database , once we learn
which one it is, will provide councils with the capabilitly to customize
views of the data to quickly create those special reports you only
wished you had.
Finally, If you want to get into this deeply, there is a steering
committee of SEs. Find out who it is for your region. For Westerners,
contact the Ventura County Council in California.
Scoutmaster and Unit Comissioner
Troop 303 and Pack 330
La Crescenta, Ca
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City