UPDATE: Vendor Selection Process
ITS issued a request for proposal (RFP) on September 22 for a web hosting platform that could replace the data tables functionality of SiteMaker. We subsequently extended the original October 17 submission deadline to November 7 to allow more time for vendor responses. Unfortunately, despite the extension and repeated requests, Zoho did not respond to our RFP. As a result, Zoho can no longer be considered as a potential vendor at this point.
Two other vendors did submit proposals. We will begin our review of them this week and intend to report our results in December. Because of this delay we will also adjust our roadmap milestones: the May 29 date will move to August 28 (no site edits/read only), and the July 31 date will move to October 30 (no site access/archive only). Please let us know if you have any concerns about this new timeline. ITS will continue to support SiteMaker until the transition and decommissioning process is complete.
Please note the following re: the status of Zoho Creator as a web hosting alternative so that you can make a fully informed decision in regard to SiteMaker transition planning:
You may still independently adopt Zoho Creator for your web hosting and development needs, if you choose. Zoho’s failure to submit a proposal in no way prohibits you from using their products.
ITS’s current license for Zoho Creator extends to the end of February, 2015. After that license expires ITS and the project team will no longer be able to provide support for Creator.