As a side effect of building and running the backbone, I introduced UNIX systems into what was then a wholly VMS organization. We initially used Linux - roughly from 1994 - 1997, then over the next 20+ years, briefly migrated to Solaris x86, then to Solaris SPARC and back to Solaris x86/x64, and then back to Linux.
Our CIO at the time recognized that a pure VMS/RDB shop was not a valid long-term strategy and as a result had us host a UNIX/Oracle application on behalf of another organization as a part of building out a new capability that he recognized we'd need someday. As our VMS/RDB team didn't appreciate (or were genuinely hostile toward) non-VMS platforms, they declined to take on the building and management of UNIX/Oracle stack. So I and my team did.
Thirty-four years in IT - The System Office, Novell Directories, and Building a State Backbone (Part 3)
Unfortunately nearly all the work we put into administrative and academic technology had to be abandoned. As a part of a larger initiative across the state, the various colleges and universities were being merged together into a single system that today is know as Minnesota State. In that process our college president retired, and the new college leadership de-emphasized the use of technology In business practices. Additionally, I recognized that at merger time most of the software that I had written would not usable. So I spent some time getting us off the software I wrote and on to other software that I knew would be used post merger.
Posted on: July 02, 2019
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