Mason Enterprise Messaging Is on Its Way to Your Computer

Posted: April 19, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

University Computing and Information Systems (UCIS) staff is setting up the main address book for the university’s new Mason Enterprise Messaging system (formerly known as Netscape e-mail). As soon as this task is completed, security measures will be implemented to ensure that messages are secure as they travel between workstations and the primary mail servers. UCIS will then begin migrating large numbers of George Mason users to Mason Enterprise Messaging. This migration is expected to begin in early summer.

Currently, the university does not have a common e-mail system for all people. Many users, including all students, use PINE, while many faculty and staff members use GroupWise and other e-mail systems. Because synchronizing address books, as well as exchanging messages and attachments, between different e-mail systems can be difficult, George Mason decided two years ago to select a single, comprehensive electronic messaging system for the entire university.

A group of 43 faculty and staff members, representing most academic and many administrative areas, was recruited to identify and document the functional requirements of a new messaging system. UCIS sought proposals for a solution to meet those requirements. The systems proposed were then tested by a subset of the initial group of faculty and staff. After several months of analysis and testing, the group selected Netscape over Lotus Notes, Novell GroupWise, and Microsoft Exchange.

UCIS plans to ensure that all incoming freshmen receive Mason Enterprise Messaging accounts when they start school this fall. A plan is now being finalized to migrate all faculty, staff, and students to the new system during the upcoming academic year. For more information, visit the Mason Enterprise Messaging website, which contains information about the benefits of the new system, and details on how to access e-mail from off campus. The site will also provide updates on the progress UCIS makes in migrating campus users to the new system.

A note for faculty and staff members: You must know your personal identification number (PIN) to access your Mason Enterprise Messaging mailbox for the first time. If you do not know what your PIN is, contact Human Resources at x32600.

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