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Technology Initiative

Hello there! 

 

My name is Jan Jacobson and I am the new Technology Initiatives Coordinator for the Partners Advancing Completion through Transfer Opportunities (PACTO) project.  My goal is to provide technical data support to faculty and staff to ensure the most accurate data is used in the data-based decision making (DBDM), to provide national and state level information and support student tracking.  I will also be assisting in managing, compiling, and reporting on institutional research data related to Title V, and collecting data and providing objective analysis of the information.  I look forward to helping implement continuous training for faculty and staff.

I am very fortunate to work with Robyn Torres, the Data Survey Specialist, in meeting the challenges of our PACTO project.

The PACTO project is a Department of Education grant meant to increase student graduation and successful transfer to NAU-Yuma in pursuit of a baccalaureate.  My coordination directly affects the future use of the Colleague (misnomered ‘Datatel’) and the related Colleague Reporting and Operating Analytics information systems.  These tools increase our data-based decision making through improved access, responsiveness, and the implementation of a more-flexible reporting and analysis tool.

What is a Data Survey Specialist?

My name is Robyn Torres and I am the Data Survey Specialist for the Partners Advancing Completion through Transfer Opportunities (PACTO) project.  My position is two-fold.  First, I support the AVID initiative by building and analyzing reports based on student achievement, as well as distribute and collect AVID satisfaction surveys.  Second, I assist the Technology Initiative Coordinator in the implementation of a more-flexible reporting and analysis tool, Web Intelligence. I also assist report architects from all departments in building and customizing Web Intelligence reports.  I take pride in being approachable so don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need assistance. 

2014 Archived Technology Initiative Data

December:

  • Continued developing Colleague Reporting and Operating Analytics (CROA) and SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence tools, especially encouraging increased reporting through training and developing analysis and reporting skills in reports architects
  • Continued training users in aspects of Windows/SQL  Server-based Colleague Information System 

November:

  • Continued developing Colleague Reporting and Operating Analytics (CROA) and SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence tools, especially encouraging increased reporting through training and developing analysis and reporting skills in reports architects
  • Continued training users in aspects of Windows/SQL  Server-based Colleague Information System 

October:

  • Completed system and data migration of Colleague Information System from Linux/Unidata to Windows/SQL Server architecture.
  • Continued developing Colleague Reporting and Operating Analytics (CROA) and SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence tools, especially encouraging increased reporting through training and developing analysis and reporting skills in report architects.

September:

  • Continued developing Colleague Reporting and Operating Analytics (CROA) and SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence tools, especially encouraging increased reporting through training and developing analysis and reporting skills in report architects.
  • Continued testing migration target environment, identifying both accepted workflows and identifying, reporting, and addressing defects.
  • Installed corrective changes to Colleague-on-SQL environment and planned migration event.

August:

  • Continued developing Colleague Reporting and Operating Analytics (CROA) and SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence tools, especially encouraging increased reporting through training and developing analysis and reporting skills in report architects.
  • Completed online SAP Business Objects Universe Design training.
  • Executed test data migration and worked through corrective actions to complete migration in addition to identifying and resolving complications with the migration source environment and ensuring those resolutions are scheduled for implementation within the production environment.
  • Began oversight of user acceptance testing and defect reporting.

July:

  • Continued developing Colleague Reporting and Operating Analytics (CROA) and SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence tools, especially encouraging increased reporting through training and developing analysis and reporting skills in report architects.
  • Completed online SAP Business Objects Universe Design training.
  • Executed test data migration and worked through corrective actions to complete migration in addition to identifying and resolving complications with the migration source environment and ensuring those resolutions are scheduled for implementation within the production environment.
  • Began oversight of user acceptance testing and defect reporting.

June:

  • Continued developing Colleague Reporting and Operating Analytics (CROA) and SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence tools, especially encouraging increased reporting through training and developing analysis and reporting skills in report architects.
  • Attended online SAP Business Objects Universe Design training.
  • Developed comprehensive user testing plan for Colleague-on-SQL environment for upcoming test migration.
  • Advised and corrected data inconsistencies to ensure as close-to-production environment as possible for test migration.

May:

  • Continued developing Colleague Reporting and Operating Analytics (CROA) and SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence tools, aligning them with business objectives and reporting requirements by adding data to Operational Data Store and providing semantic layer objects for individual reporting.
  • Facilitated increased reporting through training on Web Intelligence tools and developing analysis and reporting skills in report architects.
  • Continued addressing data errors centered on migration failures, including planning software updates to accommodate custom file specifications.
  • Continued analysis of custom objects/code working with various College entities in determining the retention of Colleague screens and features.

April:

  • Conducted and completed first test migration between Unidata and SQL Server Colleague environments including addressing errors centered around migration failures and file specification updates.
  • Implemented Colleague Reporting and Operating Analytics and SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence tools, including training on use and administration, and correcting extraction, transformation, and loading operations.
  • Continued analysis of custom objects/code working with various College entities in determining the retention of Colleague screens and features.
  • Attended pre-conference training for Colleague Studio integrated development environment at Ellucian Live in Anaheim, CA.

March:

  • Continued analysis of newly-discovered Unidata database data errors  in preparation for rehosting of database within Ellucian hosted environment.
  • Continued working with Programming Services group regarding custom object analysis and meeting with stakeholders regarding project milestones.
  • Continued analysis of custom objects/code working with various College entities in determining the retention of Colleague screens and features.
  • Tested hosted environment for connectivity and additional tool functionality.

February:

  • Completed “end-to-end” sweep of Unidata database capturing new data errors not yet resolved in preparation for database move to Hosted environment.
  • Continued working with Programming Services group regarding custom object analysis and meeting with stakeholders regarding project milestones.
  • Conducted Colleague information system custom code scanners and reporting identifying which custom implementations will need further addressal during the migration process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2015

February

Technology Initiatives Coordinator: 

  • Worked on developing knowledge of Colleague Reporting and Operating Analytics (CROA) and SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence tools. 
  • Worked on improving my knowledge in all aspects of Windows/SQL Server-based Colleague Information System, so that future training can be implemented in a positive and time effect manner.

Data Survey Specialist: 

  • Built the Arizona State System for Information on Student Transfers (ASSIST) Annual report in Web Intelligence. ASSIST is a relational database containing enrollment and degree information on students attending Arizona’s public universities and community college districts.  The information is made available to participating institutions through a statewide data warehouse.
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