Archive for August, 2013

Dev Cycle 47

0 Commentsby   |  08.19.13  |  Uncategorized

We finished up Development Cycle 47 last week, which spans July 29th through August 16th.  Here are some of the highlights for this cycle as well as ongoing work:

  • Start of school – We are in full start-of-school mode as we help campus prepare for the first day.  This includes the usual list of items, such as custom reports, card access for campus doors and preparation for the use of course tools like OpenClass.  We will continue to dedicate a lot of time to these issues through early September.
  • – We deployed the updated version to production last week.  We are working on a few minor fixes and improvements that we plan to release later this week.
  • Course Calendars – We updated the interfaces for creating and maintaining course calendars so that we can stay up-to-date with the management tools that Google provides.  Fall 2013 course calendars were created last week and all known issues have been resolved.
  • 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).  All of the import process code has been deployed to production and we are in the process of testing some test submissions before considering the project complete.
  • Cognos BI and TM1 – Phase 2 of the implementation with Infolink Consulting is underway.  This project’s focus will continue to improve the reporting and analytics that phase 1 provided to Financial Operations.
  • Ellucian Mobile – Initial setup and preparation is underway with the plan to release the applications later in the fall.  This will eventually replace all of the functionality provided in and introduce some new features that Ellucian provides.   Work on this project will pick up once the fall term gets underway.
  • Xythos (myACU Files) – We decided to hold on a Xythos application update due to a bug that would impact some Mac users.  We are waiting on a fix from our vendor and will plan to update after the conclusion of the Fall 2013 term.
  • 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.
  • In all, 58 development issues were completed during this development cycle in addition to the on-going projects mentioned above.

See Dev Cycle 47 – Resolved Issues for a more in-depth summary.

ACU’s New Mobile Application

0 Commentsby   |  08.16.13  |  Mobile

Over the past few months, the development team has worked to bring to the ACU community a refreshed version of our mobile application ( This version of the application is built with a framework ( that is more responsive and efficient. Home Page

The new home page is simpler and focuses on providing access (via SSO) to key areas that students have said are most important to them: current balance information for meals and Campus Cash, chapel credits, printing balances as well as detailed information about their courses. This version is based on a fairly common metaphor in the mobile application ecoshpere and sets the stage for more development and a gradual migration from this framework, which is web-based, to an application framework from Ellucian that runs natively on a number of devices. A few important points about the new

  • This is the first redesign of the interface since our original release at the start of the Connected initiative (August 2008).
  • There are no longer separate public (ACU Mobile) and private (My Mobile) tabs to access. We have combined all the content into a single location.
  • This update does not include all functionality from the current site. We will introduce more functionality at a later date, but may not port over all features.
  • Access to other mobile tools such as NANO Tools and Mobile Files will continue to be provided, but will have the old mobile look and feel until we have time to update all interfaces.
  • The new site supports a much wider range of mobile devices, but iOS and Android have been our primary test platforms. See the Sencha website listed above for the devices that are supported.

If you have the icon for the previous version of on your mobile device, it should automatically point to the new version. If you need assistance in having this application setup on your device, contact Team55 (x.5555)