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Reports of My Demise May Have Been Exaggerated

Last week, rumors broke that I am being replaced as the leader of the SSDT.  Like many rumors, this one has a hint of truth but may be a misunderstanding. 

Seeking a Definition of "Done"

In my previous blog post, I committed to issuing "Preview Releases" of the USxS-Redesign software by the end of 2015.  USAS-R was released to the  OECN ITC sites on 12/29/2015.  USPS-R was released on 1/19/2016.

Yarn, Tar Balls and Reindeer

I had a dream, nightmare really.  One of those compulsive things, like the Face Peeling scene from Poltergeist, where you know you should stop but whatever you're doing is more important than the risk you're taking.

State Software is [not] dead!



For some of you, this blog post will be in the "TL;DR" category (Too Long; Didn't Read). For you, here's a summary of the key points:

  • State Software is Not Dead
  • The Current software is still a good value and serving districts well
  • The Redesign projects:
    • Are taking longer than hoped
    • Are making signficant progress
    • Will have some remarkable capabilities

Keep reading if you want the details.

My name is Roy, but I want to be Norm when I grow up.

For the last 10 years, when I've presented on State Software Migration Plan and the status of the USAS and USPS Redesign projects, I invariably encounter users who will say (paraphrased):

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