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Dev Cycle 51

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We finished up Development Cycle 51 last week, which spans October 21st through November 8th.  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.  We worked with Enterprise Infrastructure to insure that all certificates were replaced before expiring at the end of October.
  • LDAP to Active Directory migration – We are moving our main authentication store to Active Directory, which requires some changes to account management as well as configuration changes to a number of applications that rely on LDAP.  We have migrated most applications to Active Directory and will be completing the remainder of the list in the next few days.
  • Password Management – We implemented features to 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.  Users will be prompted to change their password when the expiration date is met.
  • Cognos BI and TM1 – Phase 2 of the implementation with Infolink Consulting has been completed, which provides Financial Operations with a budgeting model that will significantly improve the budgeting process.  We are working with Financial Operations to move this work into production.
  • 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.
  • 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 rollout to a limited group of advisors.
  • Banner Proxy access – We are working with the Registrar’s Office and the Depot to implement proxy access in Banner.  This will allow parents, guardians and other individuals to be granted access to Self-serve Banner by their students.  The student will be able to select what type of access is granted and can revoke access at any given time.  This is an often-requested feature and we are excited to provide this functionality soon.
  • 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.  A job now runs regularly to keep group membership up-to-date.  We give ACU Police access to the groups they use regularly soon.
  • Ellucian Mobile – We are testing functionality to compare with what is provided with m.acu.edu.
  • In all, 43 development issues and 103 Motorhelp support tickets were resolved during this cycle.

See Dev Cycle 51 – Resolved Issues for a more in-depth summary.