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December 2013

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We will start highlighting our development and support work on a monthly basis rather than three-week cycles. Here are some of the highlights for December 2013 as well as ongoing work:

  • Cognos BI and TM1 – There are some residual tasks for Phase 2 of the implementation with Infolink Consulting before considering the project completed. We are working with Financial Operations to finish this work, which will provide them with a budgeting model that will significantly improve the budgeting process.
  • 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.  We went live with advisor access on November 21st as planned.  A go-live date for student access will be identified after advisors successfully use the software for a few weeks.
  • Billing Acknowledgement – ACU is required to have students acknowledge that they are responsible for paying their bill.  Financial Operations has requested that an acknowledgement page be added to the Electronic Checkin application that all students complete at the start of the term.  We finished programming work in December and tested in time for deployment this week.
  • Banner HR upgrade – The Banner HR upgrade was completed on December 21st.  This upgrade included prerequisite updates to core Banner components including Banner General.
  • Banner Workflow move and upgrade – We moved Banner Workflow to a new server and upgraded the software.
  • Student Aid Services (SAS) – Enrollment Marketing  requested our help with a project to send out electronic financial aid award letters for incoming, undergraduate students.  They have partnered with Student Aid Services to manage this, which includes the need for student and financial aid data.  The service will be used in parallel to Evisions hosted locally, which has already been in use for sending out all award letters.  We provided SAS with an initial test file and will complete work to automatically deliver files this month.
  • Health Saving Account (HSA) – A data feed has been created to support the new HSA option for employees in 2014.  This will operate similar to the feed that we provide for other services such as TIAA-CREF where account deposits are made for employees.  We delivered a test file before the Christmas break and have been working with HR and HSA to finalize work post-holidays.
  • Bean Bucks online purchasing – We have been working with Business Services to provide the ability for students to purchase additional Bean Bucks.  This service will only be available for students with Lifestyle and Freestyle plans.  We are currently testing and should introduce this by the start of the spring term.
  • Blogs update – We need to upgrade our blogs server (WordPress) to the most recent version to keep us up-to-date and address known bugs and security issues.  We applied the update earlier this week.
  • Xythos (myACU Files) update – Xythos is in need of updates.  We continue to see occasional performance and accessibility issues, which we hope this update will improve.  This update includes a new mobile web interface that will eventually replace the custom interface we wrote six years ago.  We applied the update earlier this week.
  • Banner Proxy accessWe 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.
  • In all, 26 development issues and 131 Motorhelp support tickets were resolved during the month.

See December 2013 – Resolved Development Issues for a more in-depth summary.