SiteMaker Update: Project Complete

I’m very pleased to report that the SiteMaker Transition Project has successfully completed its goal of decommissioning the SiteMaker service!

I want to acknowledge and thank our terrific colleagues at the Library, Medical School Information Services, LSA, and other units that provided significant support critical to the success of this project. With their help, SiteMaker went from a service with over 12,000 sites in 2013 to zero active sites today.

Not surprisingly, our final round of communications in the weeks leading up to the October 30milestone of taking all sites offline created a flurry of last-minute requests for archives and some site migrations. The project team worked diligently to handle the demand and was able to decommission the service as scheduled on November 30.

Here is a quick overview of what the project accomplished:

  • Completed 900+ deletion and 984 archive requests.
  • Performed over 150 consultations.
  • Assisted in over 1,000 site migrations to alternate services.

What’s left to do:

  • The project team is focusing on the final remaining archive requests. This effort is on schedule to be complete by the end of December.
  • We are working with the U-M Web Team and Hostmaster on scheduling a cutover to a new virtual host for DNS redirects​.
  • Team leadership is consolidating and archiving project documentation and preparing final project reports.

About two years ago, ITS reviewed its service portfolio to identify offerings that were nearing end-of-life. The SiteMaker Transition Project was the result of that review, and was supported by university leadership and IT governance. I believe the success of this project provides a robust decommissioning model to follow as we work together to better meet the changing needs of the university, reduce costs, and advance U-M’s teaching, learning, and research activities.

Feel free to share this information with any faculty or staff who might be interested. Thank you for your continued support, and please contact the ITS Service Center if you have questions or concerns.

Sean DeMonner
Information Systems Executive
Information and Technology Services
Teaching & Learning, Knowledge, and Collaboration

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