“Cutover”–the process of moving FirstLink colleges from the old/legacy system to the new ctcLink system–is happening! The legacy system was shut down for Spokane and Tacoma colleges at 11:59 pm Wednesday evening and the ctcLink/Ciber project team has been on a 24/7 schedule ever since, performing conversion activities day and night. These activities include both automated and manual entry of data from the old system to the new, followed by a validation process to confirm the data is correct in the new ctcLink system.
As of this morning (8/22), the team is on track to pass the data validation process to FirstLink colleges by Noon tomorrow (8/23). Select college subject matter experts plan to activate their ctcLink accounts in the production (go live) environment and then spend some time validating their own data in the new system Sunday afternoon before ctcLink is handed over to them on Monday, August 24–the official Go Live day! FirstLink colleges will then introduce ctcLink to students, faculty and staff over the next couple weeks based on their individual campus rollout plan.
Be thinking of your peers at Tacoma and Spokane colleges as they make this momentous move to ctcLink. It has taken a tremendous effort on everyone’s part to get us to this point.
For a more in-depth look at the activities that began Wednesday, and from a college perspective, check out the latest “vlog” post from TCC’s Andy Duckworth: http://ctclinkvlog.tacomacc.edu/2015/08/17/tcc-ctclink-vlog-episode-40/