Meet IRIS: The new project to improve NAU communications

IRIS info sessions

To learn more about the IRIS project, attend an information session with ITS in the large pod conference room of the Applied Research and Development Building from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, or from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 16. To RSVP, contact To receive teleconferencing instructions, note the need to teleconference in your RSVP.

Information Technology Services is gearing up to improve the way NAU manages its communications needs, including e-mail.

The university is updating its e-mail system as a first step toward bringing an integrated suite of communications capabilities to faculty and staff.

A new Microsoft Exchange server will provide e-mail, calendar management and other integrated communications. The project, the Integrated Realtime Intercommunications Services, known as IRIS, will be implemented this summer and fall.

“We are looking forward to replacing our faithful but aging system with new technologies that will serve the NAU community for many years,” said Fred Estrella, chief information technology officer.

He said the goal is to replace the “jan” mail server and move faculty and staff to the Microsoft Exchange server with minimal disruption in a phased implementation scheduled for completion in the fall semester. Students will remain on the “dana” server.

“Ultimately, we want to provide a fully integrated electronic service that completely supports academic life at NAU,” Estrella said.

It also means NAU will provide a new webmail system.

E-mail conversions begin this summer for staff and faculty who are working on campus. E-mail conversion for the remaining faculty and staff will begin in fall semester. Faculty and staff are scheduled to be on the new e-mail system by mid-fall.

The new server also will replace the Oracle calendar. Microsoft Exchange will allow users to share and assign calendar permissions, accommodate personal calendars, group and resource scheduling, and access through the web, Mac or PC. Calendar migration will occur this fall.

Other services, such as instant messaging, will become available after the e-mail and calendar conversions.

For information, go to the IRIS Home Page.