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To ensure ongoing efficient phone system operation across the entire campus, as well as maintenance, support, and security, HSU must upgrade our Ericsson phone switch by April 2015. In addition to these benefits, a switch upgrade will also position HSU to be able to host its own Voice over IP (VoIP) circuits in the future, which will increase flexibility for mobile users and reduce costs for remote facilities.
7/29/2015: The PBX switch encountered a problem, resulting in some phone outages on campus, which was related to the removal of LIMs from the system that had been completely cut over to the new switch. The problem can be resolved by reloading data from another PBX switch system that is also configured for 16 LIMs; once the team has located such a system, they will switch from cut overs to reloading, which will delay upcoming cutover work.
With the completion of LIM 11 this week, the number of lines cut over now stands at 899, or about 37% complete. Work will commence on the next LIM, 13, on 8/11/15, once the clean-up work for LIM 11 is complete. Project status has been moved from Could be Late to Behind.
6/24/2015: LIM 10 is now complete, bringing the number of cutover lines to 735, or about 35%, and is now working on decomissioning LIM 10 in order to focus on infrastructure in preparation for LIM 11 cutovers, scheduled to begin 7/7/15. The team worked at 60 cutovers/week for the month of June and felt that was an acceptable pace; however, we have decided to revert to 40/week in July until the capacity and priority of this project within the spectrum of demands on TNS resources can be determined.
5/29/2015: Preparation work for LIMs 10, 11, and 13 is wrapping up. The team reports not all preparations will be complete prior to resuming cutovers, but the outstanding work will not prevent cutovers from moving forward; it will be completed between the upcoming round of cutover days or during the infrastructure work to prepare other LIMs for cutovers.
Cutovers for LIMs 10, 13, and 11 are scheduled to resume on 6/2/15, and the rate of cutovers will be increased from 40 to 60 per week. Periodic reviews will determine whether this is a sustainable rate and adjust accordingly.
4/30/15: The preparation work for LIMs 10, 11, and 13 continues; the addition of the Diavox resource was helpful in speeding up this work. The team estimates this work will be finished by the beginning of June so cutovers can be resumed. A further day of cutovers has been added to the current schedule, which will increase the rate of lines cut over to the new switch from 40 per week to 60 per week.
3/26/15: Not all work has been completed as originally thought, so additional resources are being added starting 4/20/15 and the rate is being increased from 40 to 60 lines per week to maintain the shortest schedule possible. Daily check-ins have been initiated to help keep the project on track. The next step is to assess the possibility of schedule acceleration during the summer months and put in place draft plan and budget placeholders.
12/15/14: The vendor, Diavox, was on site 12/6/14 and all work to position LIMs 7, 8, 10, and 11 for cut overs will be completed by12/15/14. Funds are in place to carry the project into 2015; additonal funds are being pursued to ensure resources are available to meet the scheduled completion date of 7/31/15. Enterprise Change Control is still TBD.
10/30/14: All phone lines for LIM 9 will have been cut over to the upgraded switch by 10/31/2014. The next phase of the upgrade will proceed as follows:
9/25/2014: The dry run was a success, and we were able to establish time estimates for the main sections of migration day work - programming, installation, and verification of changes and create a fairly complete draft timeline.The next phase is scheduled for 9/30/2014, when 20 lines will be migrated; once again, we will then re-group to check estimated times against actuals.
8/27/2014: The Dry Run is scheduled for 9/15/2014. and will consist of migrating four desktop phones in TNS; this will enable the team to work through and define the migration process. The next step will be to migrate a limited number of "production-level" phones to flesh out the sizing and timeline for migrating the remainder of the affected phones/users. A formal plan will be created and entered into the Enterprise Change Control process.
TNS reports that sufficient equipment and parts are on hand to migrate 5 LIMs. The team still needs to determine what additional purchases are needed, if additional funding will be required, and when those purchases need to be initiated to keep the project on schedule.
7/30/2014: Initial planning efforts have resulted in breaking this project into 3 phases:
5/8/2014: This project has been approved and the purchase process for the upgrade switch will commence this month. Implementation is expected to be completed by March 2015. Funding support is still being finalized for this project.