LCMS Migration to WordPress

As you know, working with LCMS is arduous at best.  From the JAVA requirements to bad requests to slow rendering of navigation, at times, it seems the patience of Job is needed to update your websites.

There have been rumors of the demise of LCMS for several years.  Because of this, for the last year and a half, we have been researching the possibility of moving to WordPress as a CMS.

This year, we have successfully converted UCA’s news site to WordPress as well as a majority of the upper levels of the university’s website. Our extensive testing has allowed us, for the first time in many many many years, to be excited about developing, converting sites and soon to be training website editors.  In short, working web development is fun again.

Last month, SungardHE announced they (COMPLETE EMAIL IS BELOW): “will no longer be providing support for Luminis Content Management Suite (LCMS) as of October 1, 2012. After researching customer web content management system (cms) needs, and examining adoption and use of LCMS by our customers, we decided to discontinue support in order to use our resources as efficiently as we can within the Banner Digital Campus.”

In addition, it is important to note that “this action does not affect portal, integration, or other non-LCMS components within Luminis products or SunGard Higher Education offerings.”

Immediately after this announcement, we decided to move full speed ahead with site conversions.  We are currently working with the college of natural sciences and mathematics with conversion of their sites.

We will soon begin evaluating all websites within all colleges and departments.  After prioritizing them, we (web development) will begin converting each site to WordPress – you are NOT expected to do this.  During this time, we will make you aware the conversion process once it is about to begin.  Upon conversion, we will provide one-on-one training.  At this time, you will once again start maintaining your own site.

This conversion(s) will not take place overnight.  We are still in the process of putting together training materials and preparing our own website to better market and promote our services to the UCA community.

If you have any questions, please contact us.  In the meantime, continue to update your websites using LCMS.

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Subject: LCMS EOL

Dear Luminis Content Management Suite Customers,

The purpose of this communication is to inform you that SunGard Higher Education will no longer be providing support for Luminis Content Management Suite (LCMS) as of October 1, 2012.

After researching customer web content management system (cms) needs, and examining adoption and use of LCMS by our customers, we decided to discontinue support in order to use our resources as efficiently as we can within the Banner Digital Campus.  As a result, SunGard Higher Education will continue to provide client support on LCMS and related tools through October 1, 2012.  After that date, all client support and maintenance will terminate. Note that this action does not affect portal, integration, or other non-LCMS components within Luminis products or SunGard Higher Education offerings. Also, please note that this action does not affect SunGard Higher Education’s continued partnership with EMC Documentum for document management and imaging needs on campus.

To reduce impacts to live customer operations and facilitate LCMS customer transitions to other web cms systems if desired, we have partnered with four higher education-focused, industry-leading web cms vendors, and will be providing content export tools and support to help migration to these or other web cms options.  The new web cms partners are listed below and are all recommended options based on their solutions and higher education experience.

SunGard Higher Education Web CMS Partners:
*  HannonHill
*  Ingeniux
*  Jadu
*  OmniUpdate

We have made this decision and taken this approach after consulting with and listening to customers, who expressed a desire to have choices around solution feature sets, technologies, deployment and licensing models, as well as overall cost of ownership over time.

Lastly, although the desupport date for LCMS is 24 months away, if you are currently using LCMS for web content publishing, we encourage you to make your plans as soon as possible.

This notice is intended to provide high-level information, but we understand that you may have further questions about this program.  Please contact your SunGard Higher Education customer relationship team for more information and details as needed.

Best regards,

Mike

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The Luminis Content Management Suite (LCMS) enables UCA to more easily and efficiently manage, create, change, update, and delete the informational content presented on its Website. LCMS allows you to manage your workgroups (departments), your content contributors, the content approval process, the informational content itself, and the many administrative tasks associated with Internet and Intranet Websites.  LCMS allows UCA to:

  • Preserve look and feel across all Web information pages.
  • Have only one copy of each piece of information so changes, additions, and
    deletions need be made in only one place.
  • Organize resources and processes so that information (content) is produced by
    subject matter experts and technical tasks are handled by personnel with
    appropriate skills in those areas.
  • Automate as many tasks as possible through the creation of various workflows,
    jobs, and configurations.

All University Websites are being consolidated and will be managed under LCMS. Each workgroup in the Luminis Content Management Suite (LCMS) is the equivalent of a department or organization that must manage content. Each workgroup in the LCMS is assigned specific personnel to accomplish the tasks required for that workgroup. This means that personnel can be assigned tasks and responsibilities within workgroups. This, however, does not give them permission for those same tasks outside of their respective assigned workgroups. Assigning responsibility on a workgroup-based level enables responsibility for departments and institutions to be placed in expert hands for that department, ensures accurate and timely information, and prevents accidental or unwanted changes.

Training for LCMS is being conducted by Jan Hill from the Instructional Development Center (IDC). Classes are being offered as needed. Space is limited to 4 people per class. Colleges, offices, and departments are all asked to contacted by Jan to schedule training in LCMS.

Once an individual has been trained to use LCMS, they will begin the process of converting their current site into the new system. Once this conversion is complete, you must contact Brent Passmore, Director of Web Development for content review and "go live" approval.  After the site has been approved, your old site will be removed and the new site published in its place.

As a reminder, every UCA college, academic department and administrative office with an active public Internet or page (or pages) accessible via a uca.edu domain must review that page (or pages) before the beginning of each semester to ensure the information is accurate and up-to-date. For more information regarding maintaining a Web site at UCA, please refer to Board Policy 411 - Web Site Usage Policy.