Archive for July, 2013

Dev Cycle 46

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We finished up Development Cycle 46 last week, which spans July 8th through July 26th.  Here are some of the highlights for this cycle as well as ongoing work:

  • Fire Engine Red graduate admissions application – We are working with Graduate Enrollment Marketing to prepare for their admissions application move to Fire Engine Red (FER).  We worked with the folks from Fire Engine Red to resolve a few remaining issues and hope to go live sometime around August 5th.
  • myACU – The final changes for the start of Fall 2013 have been deployed: improvements to the My Courses portlet and the addition of Freestyle plan meal counts in the Accounts and Balances portlets.
  • m.acu.edu – We have finalized the redesign and are now working to implement it in time for the start of the Fall 2013 term.
  • Ellucian Mobile – We purchased the Ellucian Mobile Platform edition to provide a native application for iOS and Android devices.  Initial setup and preparation is underway with the plan to release the applications sometime in the fall.  This will eventually replace all of the functionality provided in m.acu.edu and introduce some new features that Ellucian provides.
  • Xythos (myACU Files) – We applied a major database update to production on July 19th and 20th.  We are looking at a Xythos update in early August that fixes some known bugs and introduces a new mobile web interface, which could replace the custom interface we wrote five years ago.
  • Single Sign-on Update – We applied an update to single sign-on, which keeps us up-to-date with the software in regards to security and bug fixes.  We also introduced an often-requested enhancement that automatically makes the username field selected when the login page is loaded.
  • Course Calendars – We are updating the interfaces for creating and maintaining course calendars so that we can stay up-to-date with the management tools that Google provides.  We will start creating Fall 2013 course calendars soon.
  • NCAA Compliance Assistant integration – We are working on phase two of integration between Banner and the NCAA Compliance system: financial aid integration.  This will automate the manual entry work currently performed by Student Financial Services.
  • Blackboard and OpenClass – We removed Blackboard from service on July 26th. OpenClass is now the only learning management system (LMS) for campus.
  • Personnel change – In recognition of the increased need for data analytics, one of our developers, Will Wyatt, has moved into a role focused on business intelligence.  He will provide help to the developers when needed, but will spend most of his time advancing business intelligence initiatives for our campus.  The remaining four full-time developers and three part-time student developers will continue to provide development and support for projects in our department.
  • In all, 38 development issues were completed during this development cycle in addition to the on-going projects mentioned above.

See Dev Cycle 46 – Resolved Issues for a more in-depth summary.

Dev Cycle 45

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We finished up Development Cycle 45 last week, which spans June 17th through July 5th.  Here are some of the highlights for this cycle as well as ongoing work:

  • Royall undergrad admissions application – Enrollment Marketing introduced a few changes for the 2014 term application, which required some programming changes to the Talisma import process.  We deployed the updates and it has been running automtically.
  • Fire Engine Red graduate admissions application – We are working with Graduate Enrollment Marketing to prepare for their admissions application move to Fire Engine Red (FER).  We are making final changes based on testing of the Talisma data import processes, which should be completed soon.  The tentative go-live is Friday, July 12th.
  • myACU – We are working on some minor changes and improvements of myACU in time for Fall 2013.  Two of these changes were deployed during this cycle: addition of student service hours to balances portlets and a reintroduction of the login portlet to the myACU home/login page.
  • m.acu.edu – We are working with a design firm to create a new interface for m.acu.edu in time for Fall 2013.  The new m.acu.edu will streamline the process of accessing personalized information, especially for current students.  We have finalized most of the design and are awaiting all of the markup and assets so that we can begin implementing the design in time for the start of the Fall 2013 term.
  • Ellucian Mobile – We purchased the Ellucian Mobile Platform edition to provide a native application for iOS and Android devices.  Initial setup and preparation has started with the plan to release the applications sometime in the fall.  This will eventually replace all of the functionality provided in m.acu.edu and introduce some new features that Ellucian provides.
  • Xythos (myACU Files) – We tested a major database update in our test environment and will apply this change to production on July 19th and 20th.  We are looking at a Xythos update that introduces a new mobile web interface, which could replace the custom interface we wrote five years ago.
  • Single Sign-on Update – We are working on an update to single sign-on, which will keep us up-to-date with the software in regards to security and bug fixes.  We will target a go-live once a few final tasks are completed.
  • Course Calendars – We are updating the interfaces for creating and maintaining course calendars so that we can stay up-to-date with the management tools that Google provides.
  • NCAA Compliance Assistant Integration – We have started work on phase two of integration between Banner and the NCAA Compliance system: financial aid integration.  This will automate the manual entry work currently performed by Student Financial Services.
  • OpenClass – We are providing support to the Adams Center and Pearson as we move into the last stage of migrating courses to OpenClass and bringing Blackboard offline near the end of the month.
  • In all, 23 development issues were completed during this development cycle in addition to the on-going projects mentioned above.

See Dev Cycle 45 – Resolved Issues for a more in-depth summary.