Back in April, I wrote about the plight of the Oklahoma State University use of Lotus Notes.  The saga of a questionable Notes to Exchange migration had been unfolding at OKState for several months.  Many of us met Andrew Kelley at Lotusphere, an amazing guy who spent his own money to come to Lotusphere because of what he believed in.  And we followed the postings of "File Save" and others on LDD, that linked to a bulletin board on the OKstate.edu website where we could read all the discussion about the migration project.  The project leader, Brandon LaBonte, was personally responding to queries about migration and what the reasons were for the move.  I think some might describe his responses to "why are we migrating" questions as a bit defensive; no surprise if you go back to my earlier blog entry (as well as jonvon's) that describe how it unfolded.
I hadn't heard much in the last few months, until a Lotus BP pinged me this evening to see if I had heard the news.  (Thanks, David!)  It seems that there's been a bit of a controversy going on at Oklahoma State University in the last few weeks.  According to this article on University Daily, two OKState staffers, Brandon LaBonte and Michael Hewett, were recently forced to resign after deploying copyrighted software from Texas Tech University at OKState without permission.  LaBonte, Hewett, and OKState CIO Gary Wiggins had all joined OKState en masse when Wiggins moved there from Texas Tech.  They were also the crew that pushed the Notes/Exchange migration.
In addition to LaBonte and Hewett's resignations, Oklahoma State University announced yesterday that CIO Gary Wiggins had resigned.  The press release notes one of Wiggins' key accomplishments:

"One of his greatest accomplishments was to negotiate the Microsoft campus agreement that has allowed all of our students to freely obtain various kinds of software for academic use," Morris said. "To date, more than 18,000 copies of software with a retail value of more than $8 million are being used by our students."
Yes, his impressive adoption of Microsoft technologies has clearly resulted in significant benefit to Oklahoma State. (Aside: Who pays $444 for a copy of Microsoft Office?)

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