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Here are some of the major projects that ITS is currently working on:

Banner Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Upgrade

ITS is working with the campus community to upgrade our existing ERP system, Banner. This is necessary to keep the Banner application up to date. As of December 31, 2018, our current Banner version will no longer be supported.

The team has moved onto training. We delayed training for the Support Center and Campus Techs due to the storm damage to Carnegie Hall. The training script for assistance with general navigation has been finalized. Training by the Registrar's Office will kick off this week.

myDrake Portal (blueView replacement)

Ellucian’s Luminis Portal, the technology currently used to support blueView, is at the end of its life. ITS is partnering with University Communications to build a new portal experience with features from the Office 365 platform, which is currently used for online email access (Outlook).

myDrake has launched at We have received lots of feedback about the new portal and have made a few small changes to things that weren't working as intended. We have also started a list of possible additions and changes. We will be reviewing these changes as a team and deciding on what fits.

Weekly meetings have been set up for a sub team to finalize the new Slate admitted student page. This replaced the old Admitted student tab on blueView.

References to blueView are being updated on and documentation across campus. Our goal is to complete this work by July 27.

Learn more about the myDrake project by reviewing the myDrake FAQs.

Microsoft OneDrive Central Storage Implementation

ITS is implementing Microsoft’s OneDrive storage solution in order to streamline document storage for campus. With OneDrive in place, faculty, staff, and students will have easy access to storage for both individual and collaborative needs.

ITS staff initially piloted the use of OneDrive before beginning to roll it out to campus.

Below is the tentative schedule for campus-wide deployment. Dates may change as the schedule progresses.

Area/Department Start Date
ITS 10/27/17 78% complete
International Center 11/13/17 50% complete
Robert D. and Billie Ray Center 11/13/17 Complete
University Advancement 11/20/17 92% complete
Harkin Institute 11/27/17 80% complete
Old Main 12/11/17 67% complete
Olmsted Center 2/12/18 70% complete
Student Financial Planning 2/12/18 Complete
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 2/19/18 48% complete
School of Journalism and Mass Communication 3/19/18 6% complete
School of Education 3/19/18 5% complete
College of Arts & Sciences 3/19/18 13% complete
Cowles Library 3/19/18 4% complete
College of Business & Public Administration 4/20/18 8% complete
Law School 4/30/18 7% complete
Facilities 6/11/18 In Progress
Office of Admission 6/11/18 In Progress
Public Safety 6/11/18 In Progress
Athletics 6/11/18 In Progress
3206 University (HR, Head Start and Ray Society) 6/11/18 In Progress

Student Success Software (Starfish) Implementation

The goal of this project is to implement Starfish, a system to support the university in its efforts to increase retention through early intervention and advising. Today, these efforts are primarily managed manually within college offices, or using the Symplicity CARE system. The adoption of Starfish transforms these manual processes into an automated solution.

The team is focused on testing. Each situation for testing has been initially checked and and a recheck of all test situations will occur starting today. All data files have now been loaded to Starfish. Early next week, the data team will review data within the system and confirm it is loading properly and identify if any adjustments are needed.

Next up is copying test to production and completing production setup work along with preparing for training which is targeted for August.

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