Update from Database Applications & Systems

Submitted by Chris Norris

Here are some of the projects and tasks that DAS staff members have been working on during the past month…

Mike Schuster
- Ran the SYPAEMH process in production to apply Emergency holds for 394 students
- Modified off campus study, field of study database triggers and package to correctly build the first away term for students with multiple curriculum
- Modified SYPCSCC process for applying class codes to prevent it from including winter credits when calculating current credits and also to only copy specific attributes to future terms
- Worked with Jai Shankar to modify the TSRCBIL FormFusion template to print ‘Do Not Remit’ in a few places on student bills when their total is 0 or a negative amount
- Rewrote the LS Apps by Prior College report
- Diagnosed and fixed a problem where custom database procedures were sending email with a timestamp off by 5 hours.
- Modifications to LS & BLSE Financial Aid online web applications
- Expanded the answer box for the college currently attending question on the LS and BLSE Financial Aid applications
- Added error handling in save supplement procedure to check for nonnumeric characters entered as answers to questions looking for numeric answers
- Added text to top of ls_application and blse_application to tell applicant not to use the enter button.  Changed text for “Save” buttons to “Submit” buttons
- Added text to explanations/special circumstances instructions: “Please limit to 300 characters.”
- Added error handling in save_application procedure to alert user if they didn’t enter a ‘.’ or ‘@’ in their email address
- Created a spec for the MIIS web application.
- Modified Faculty Advisee list SSB form to allow users to email all advisees or selected advisees
- Online Room Draw 2009 modifications
- Several modifications to room draw space maintenance SSB form for residential systems coordinator
- Several modifications to room draw SSB forms for student submitted applications
- Planning conversations with Jeff Rehbach, MBS Books, and Bob Jansen about creating a process to upload course information to the Online Bookstore vendor and modifying the course listing pages to include links to the bookstore software

Rob Pekor
- Put final touches on the Phone-a-thon data interface for College Advancement
- Added keyword descriptor to output filename of the segment data produced
- Enhanced and modified Oracle procedures behind a Hyperion Mailing  report
- Corrected issues with the Volunteer web application (Agents-in-Action) for Annual Giving, problems centered around the field length of the home phone number
- Assisted in fixing problem with online donor roll.
- Created multiple data files for various populations (segments) specified by Annual Giving.
- Analyzing and starting to build specifications for the data feed for the Harris online community project
- Put final touches on the Banner/List-Manager (Broadcast Email tool) integration model with Travis
- This required new function to delineate language school and Bread Load of staff, faculty and students
- Set up volunteer data/assignments for Annual Giving
- Enhanced the Agents-In-Action application to allow input of new ask amounts and assignments
- Created new Oracle package/procedures to allow sending files via FTP from database procedures

Travis Stafford
- Banner/List-Manager Integration project
- Defined types and sub-types
- Defined admin model
- Web Forms
- Supported existing Web Forms
- Ongoing migration of new requests to WPcformsII for BLSE, ACE, RCFIA, HR
- Resolved numerous HEAT tickets and provided support for end-users of online services

Liz Whitaker-Freitas
- Hyperion System 9 Upgrade/Migration
- Resolved several post-migration issues
- Responded to unplanned services outages
- Worked with LIS Staff to develop lab images for new HS9 plugin
- Assisted functional/technical leads with publishing, scheduling and provisioning in new environment
- Researched and resolved connectivity issues with existing queries
- Resolved Oracle Client install issues
- Researched causes of failed jobs
- Tested and deployed Patch/SP
- Cleaned up some custom Roles/Groups
- Worked with Velaris on plan for log archiving
- Resolved report issues (Admissions Data Processing Reports, College Advancement Mailing Reports)
- Other Hyperion
- Trained Tech Lead on how to use derived queries and dashboards
- Trained LS on how to publish and maintain ad-hoc reports
- Processed Hyperion security requests
- Resolved Hyperion HEAT tickets
- Prepared list of services currently being performed by Velaris or Midd staff with recommendations for ongoing support
- Ongoing work for the Lockdown project to change reports using saturn or saturn_midd embedded credentials
- FileMakerPro
- Changed views for Athletics FMP application, troubleshooting issues, change nightly schedules to import view data

Ian McBride (was on CTO for a significant portion of this time)
- Participated in the Web Makeover team meetings and work on the Web Redo project
- Installed a test instance of Drupal CMS for this project
- Finalized the soon-to-be-live new News site for Communications
- Moved all non-CMS web applications off the primary CMS server
- Ongoing work to build out site templates for the New England Review in WordPress
- Developed a web service for system monitoring and backup contacts
- Continued work on a web service API for MiddTube

Chris Norris
- Monitoring and Troubleshooting for Online Services
- Identified and resolved Hyperion issues related to SP1 update
- Researched issue related to Banner INB and IE crashes
- Resolved TouchNet Payment Gateway outages and related issues
- Identified and resolved issues related to recent www –> web forms/services migration
- Monitored Online Course Registration (10 days) and resolved related web issues
- Training and Support for End-Users of Online Services
- Conducted a ListManager-Basics workshop for College Advancement staff
- Conducted a ListManager-Advanced workshop for heavy-use broadcast emailers
- Provided ongoing support for CMS editing, resolved HEAT tickets, answered support calls
- Project Specs / Work Definitions
- Refined Banner List Manager Integration project spec with Travis and Rob
- Helped initiate development of Harris Online Community project spec for Communications
- Completed DAS workgroup SWOT analysis for LIS restructuring efforts
- Revised DAS workgroup goals and objectives for upcoming year
- Ongoing Maintenance & Support
- Processed new GO requests
- Updated Middlebury’s United Way web presence
- Coordinated changes to Monterey’s Online Giving Form
- Reviewed Project Phoenix BIA reports, ongoing planning and specification for remote DR web presence
- Tuned GSA Search to improve keyword matching in search results
- New Projects & Tasks
- Configured SubmissionManager web application for Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference
- Participated in the Web Makeover team meetings and worked on related assigned tasks
- Worked with Advancement and Communications on microphilanthropy test for Organic Garden
- Worked with LIS Budget Administrator to help identify areas for cost reductions
- Worked with LIS Licensing to clarify Hyperion software licensing details
- Worked with LIS Policy Advisor to clarify PCI-compliance status
- Worked with Dean of the College and Directory of Public Safety on new Emergency web site specification
- Vendor Related Activities
- Participated in Sun-Guard/SCT Banner DBA weekly status calls
- Participated in Velaris Hyperion SysAdmin weekly status calls
- Initiated contract re-negotiation with Hyperion SysAdmin vendor (Velaris)
- Transitioned DavisUWCScholars.org and DavisProjectsforPeace.org site management duties to external vendor

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