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Facilities and Operations
Active Data Calendar/Exchange
Anyone have any scheduling experience with Active Data Calendar's scheduling module. The folks that do our web calendaring and marketing are eyeing it for the calendar, event registration, payment, and email marketing/social network integration. They want us to look and at least consider it as we look for a campus wide solution like EMS, 25Live, etc. I don't recall seeing anyone mention it and searched but couldn't find it. I'm already assuming that the scheduling module won't be as robust as we need, but figured i'd "take it to the streets" and see what the word is.
Jon, I looked at this software maybe three years ago when I was considering a "calendar" program... not for scheduling purposes, but to have events posted and allow folks to 'advertise' their events. It does not appear to be a contender at all for use as and event resources management tool. It is a nice calendar though. We ended up choosing the MasterCalendar product from Dean Evans (EMS). Our site is located at the following URL if you'd like to see our implementation. http://today.ccsu.edu/
We have some private calendars as well with this product for Residence Life and Student Affairs. Internal users (staff) at Res-Life use it for their meetings, duty hours, etc... and tracking their programs. The public version of their events show up on the All Events calendar.
Student Affairs does a similar thing for all Departments in the Division. We now see what other depts are doing so that we don't plan events on top of each other or in conflict.
School of Business and International Offices own the calendars you see. They manage the events you see on them. Some events (most?) are imported via an automated process each evening, with a calendar manager approving the postings for the various calendars each day... or interval of their choosing.
ECSU uses Active Data Exchange. See the bottom two calendars at http://www.easternct.edu/ecsu/calendars.html
for their implementation. I don't believe they use it for scheduling of facilities, rather promotion of event information.
W. 'Otis' Mamed, MS. Director, CCSU Student Centerhttp://stdctr.ccsu.edu | Personal Twitter = omamedEvents http://today.ccsu.edu | Event Tweet=CCSUToday
Thanks for the feedback. I'm concerned that our "calendar" folks 1)Don't understand the difference (or similarities) between calendaring and scheduling and 2)will only be looking out for themselves and what they are currently doing, rather than the University as a whole and what they COULD (or SHOULD) be doing.
What we are TRYING to accomplish is getting a system that will do, at the very least, both very well so that there isn't a need to double enter event details, as we all know how often event details change so having one common database of event information is preferred.