Effective, Friday, March 21, SIMS will be frozen at 5:00pm in order to allow for the extraction of data from SIMS so that it can be moved to CUNYfirst. The expected date of completion is Friday, March 28th. After the 22nd, SIMS will only be available for inquiry and transcript printing. CUNYfirst will be unavailable starting 5:00pm, Thursday, March 27th. We expect the system to be available on Monday morning, March 31, 2014 to all HR and Finance users. However, as March 31 is the end of the month, the standard downtime of 9:00pm through Midnight will still take place.
This is a big change for us, and we know that we can be successful if we each do our own individual part to make it such. It’ll take some time to be comfortable using this new system, so we’ll make sure everyone will know where to go to get help and support. Many of you have heard CUNYfirst is coming for a few years. We have been working, during that time, to make sure the off-the-shelf software package was tweaked to meet CUNY’s conditions and that the conditions would work for our students, faculty and staff.
In the weeks ahead, we’ll host events around campus to give students, faculty and staff the information they need as we near this transition. We look forward to seeing you and we look forward to ushering in a new age of technological readiness here at Medgar Evers College. For more information, visit MEC’s CUNYfirst website at www.mec.cuny.edu/cunyfirst.