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Technology Initiative

Who’s this guy in the hat asking me questions?

Hello there! 

If we haven’t met yet, I’m Devin, the Technology Initiative Coordinator for the Partners Advancing Completion through Transfer Opportunities (PACTO) project.  You may have seen me in such settings as “The guy killing Query Builder”, or “That database geek”, or even “Who the heck does he think he is, telling me we’ll have no more reports?!”  Suffice to say, my primary mission as part of the PACTO grant is to increase our data-based decision making.  To do that, I am helping to improve and simplify the College’s access to its data.

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.

I am working for and in conjunction with the Colleague Back to Basics committee as part of the Colleague optimization project.  I also participate in the Ellucian Steering Committee meetings providing reports on the health of the data and progress on the review of custom objects within the information system.  But overall, I am here to help you with the database and the system behind the scenes.  I may likely ask for your permission to rearrange a few things but not without explaining why first.  I look forward to working with you and if I haven’t given you a good reason to trust why I’ve walked across campus to chat about something related to Colleague or why you may happen to find yourself in a room with me looking at a lists and reports on the overhead, please let me know. 

 

 

 

2014 Archived Technology Initiative Data

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2014

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.
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