Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bad Timing

It's unfortunate that the times when I have the most interesting things to talk about are also the times when I'm far too busy to find the time to write about them.

We're hurtling full speed ahead towards our big move in the spring, and many projects are rushing to get completed before then. Document scanning is finally getting underway, well after the planned summer start date. This wouldn't be such an issue if it weren't for the fact that the two departments we're starting with both have major deadlines at the end of this week which kick off their busy seasons. They had staff members sitting around practically begging for work for weeks, and now they're having to cut some of the metadata entry for the scanned documents because they don't have the staff time for it. In some ways, it's actually a good thing, because it means that they have to be more realistic about what can be achieved, but it's unfortunate that the delay in contracting with the scanning company means that they can't be as thorough as they might otherwise have been. We've been working closely with them to make sure that at least the most important information is captured, and everything will be full-text searchable, but hopefully we won't be regretting the shortcuts later down the road.

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