Archive for October, 2013

Dev Cycle 50

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We finished up Development Cycle 50 last week, which spans September 30th through October 18th.  Here are some of the highlights for this cycle as well as ongoing work:

  • Security certificates renewal – Every web server that provides secure access has to have its security certificate renewed every two years.  All of our certificates expire at the end of the month, so we are working with Enterprise Infrastructure to insure that all certificates are replaced before they expire.
  • Fire Engine Red graduate admissions application – Graduate Enrollment Marketing started accepting admissions applications from Fire Engine Red (FER) at the end of August.  We are working on a few final modifications before considering the project complete.  We will take the old, locally-hosted graduate admissions application offline on November 1st.
  • LDAP to Active Directory migration – We are working with our systems folks to move our main authentication store to Active Directory.  This requires some changes to account management as well as configuration changes to a number of applications that rely on LDAP.  We will migrate all applications to Active Directory during the first week in November.
  • Password Management – We are working to implement features that will support our new password policy in conjunction with the move to Active Directory.  This includes the 180-day password change requirement, which will be enforced through single sign-on.  The new features that are built into single sign-on will go into effect during the first week of November.
  • DegreeWorks – DegreeWorks is a replacement for the CAPP application that we use for degree planning. This project will allow for greater flexibility and usability for students, advisors and staff that assist students with their degree plans.  The Registrar’s Office has targeted November 21st as the go-live date for advisor use.
  • Google Groups for Mass Mailing – We are moving away from our homegrown application for sending out email messages to large internal audiences.  We have identified Google Groups as the solution and have set up one of the groups used by the Chapel office.  We are finalizing the management of additional groups that ACU Police uses regularly and plan to have them start using these groups in November.
  • Cognos BI and TM1 – Phase 2 of the implementation with Infolink Consulting is almost completed, which provides Financial Operations with a budgeting model that will significantly improve the budgeting process.  Financial Operations is performing final testing and then we will identify a date to move this work into production.
  • Ellucian Mobile – We are testing functionality to compare with what is provided with m.acu.edu.
  • In all, 43 development issues and 85 Motorhelp support tickets were resolved during this cycle.

See Dev Cycle 50 – Resolved Issues for a more in-depth summary.

Dev Cycle 49

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We finished up Development Cycle 49 the week before last, which spans September 9th through September 27th.  Here are some of the highlights for this cycle as well as ongoing work:

  • Fire Engine Red graduate admissions application – Graduate Enrollment Marketing started accepting admissions applications from Fire Engine Red (FER) at the end of August.  We now have a Talisma import process in place to support this, but are working on a few final modifications before considering the project complete.  We will take the old, locally-hosted graduate admissions application offline on November 1st.
  • LDAP to Active Directory migration – We are working with our systems folks to move our main authentication store to Active Directory.  This requires some changes to account management as well as configuration changes to a number of applications that rely on LDAP.
  • Password Management – In conjunction with the move to Active Directory, we have been working to implement features that will support our new password policy.  This includes the 180-day password change requirement, which will be enforced through single sign-on.  We have also made a few adjustments to the password change tools to support the new strength requirements.
  • DegreeWorks – DegreeWorks is a replacement for the CAPP application that we use for degree planning. This project will allow for greater flexibility and usability for students, advisors and staff that assist students with their degree plans.  The Registrar’s Office has targeted November 21st as the go-live date for advisor use.
  • Google Groups for Mass Mailing – We are moving away from our homegrown application for sending out email messages to large internal audiences.  We have identified Google Groups as the solution and have set up one of the groups used by the Chapel office.  The Chapel office has been successfully using this student group for the last two weeks and have been impressed with how quickly messages are sent and received. We are working to set up additional groups that ACU Police uses regularly.
  • Cognos BI and TM1 – Phase 2 of the implementation with Infolink Consulting is nearing completion, which provides Financial Operations with a budgeting model that will significantly improve the budgeting process.
  • Ellucian Mobile – Initial setup and preparation is underway and we have started testing functionality to compare with what is provided with m.acu.edu.
  • In all, 41 development issues and 95 Motorhelp support tickets were resolved during this cycle.

See Dev Cycle 49 – Resolved Issues for a more in-depth summary.