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Groupware: The Technical Evaluation Group


The Technical Evaluation Group (TEG) was responsible for defining the technical requirements for the groupware solution. These included, but were not limited to: scalability, system availability, security, authentication and authorisation, data import/export, hardware platfoms, backup and disaster recovery, accessibility and standards for interoperability. The technical requirements were driven by a combination of the functional requirements, critical success factors for delivering enterprise systems, and the standards necessary to ensure that the groupware solution is suited to Oxford's devolved and heterogeneous IT environment (where, for example, there exist a mixture of hardware devices, operating systems, and client applications). The Technical Evaluation Group operated in conjunction with the Short-listing Panel and had the responsibility for advising on, and recommending, solutions on the basis of the technical specification.

1. TEG remit

The remit of the Technical Evaluation Group was to take a full and active part in the groupware evaluation and selection process through:

2. Membership of the TEG

Members of the TEG are appointed for their technical knowledge and experience of deploying and supporting University-wide systems. The TEG is not intended to be representative of different constituencies (that is the role of the Short-listing Panel). Members are expected to dedicate significant time to the Group, especially during the selection phase.

The TEG is chaired by Peter Jones, Senior Specialist, Hierarchical File Server, OUCS.

The TEG has established an email list ( which is open to individuals who have an active interest and expertise in the technical aspects of a groupware solution.

The Chair of the TEG is an ex officio member of the Short-listing Panel. The Vice-Chair and/or the Technical Secretary of the TEG may be in attendance at Short-listing Panel meetings.

Currently, the TEG membership includes:

3. Contacting the TEG

The TEG may be contacted via the Groupware Project email address,

4. TEG documentation

Minutes of TEG meetings and other relevant documents will be made available online.

TEG working documents (restricted access).