NGSIS Platform Modernization Project
Enterprise Applications Solutions and Integration (EASI) is undertaking structural changes to ROSI to improve system performance and capacity, and real-time integration with enterprise systems. These improvements will increase the University’s technological capacity to enhance services that will benefit students, as well as administrative staff through the NGSIS program.
Code Conversion: ROSI is written in Natural, a programming language which once provided flexibility and performance over other code bases but is now limited in comparison to current standards.
EASI has engaged an outside firm to convert over 2 million lines of code from Natural to JAVA. This will allow ROSI staff to access the ROSI administrative screens directly in a web browser.
Mainframe Conversion: The existing mainframe is approaching the end of its lifespan and is increasingly constraining functional processes. Work is underway to allocate, configure and deploy a more efficient and robust server infrastructure.
- Permits 15,000 students to access the system via ACORN simultaneously versus the current 700
- Provides new option for PDF output
- Allows for a modern file management interface
- Works directly in popular web browsers
- Opens up the potential for live integration between divisional systems and ROSI
- Helps U of T stay at the forefront of technological innovation
Testing and Implementation
Quality assurance testing began in early Fall 2017. This will be followed by three months of user acceptance testing performed by divisions from mid 2018. Additionally, there will be multiple practice-runs to mitigate the risks involved in cutting over to the new system in Fall 2018.
Staff engagement in testing will ease the transition, but it is noteworthy that most of the 3000+ administrative users of ROSI will notice little difference, as functionality and business processes for divisions will follow current patterns.
ROSI data experts in the divisions who currently use Rocket Shuttle to create and run advanced queries in ROSI will use a modernized version of Rocket that will be familiar to them, though it will require some training.
NGSIS is assembling instructional and training documents. As well, EASI’s communications will inform U of T of progress until project completion.
This new platform sets the stage for further application interoperability and the redesign of the ROSI user interface.
The Goal of NGSIS
As initially articulated in the NGSIS Strategic Plan 2016-2020, the goal of NGSIS is to create and deploy technological solutions that help students fully engage in rewarding learning experiences and achieve academic and personal success, and that help faculty and staff in providing a rich and supportive educational environment. Learn more about NGSIS.
NGSIS Executive Sponsors
- Scott Mabury (VP, University Operations)
- Sandy Welsh (Vice-Provost, Students)
Project Leadership Group
- Cathy Eberts (Director, EASI)
- Patrick Hopewell (Director, EIS)
- Richard Levin (University Registrar)
- Bo Wandschneider (CIO)
- Mike Wiseman (Director, ISEA)
- Philip Millenaar (Project Manager, EASI)
- Frank Boshoff (Solution Architect, ISEA)