The Ohio State University

HR and SIS Applications

Split and Upgrade Software Platforms at OSU

Background

The Ohio State University (OSU) was running their Human Resources (HR) and Student Information Systems (SIS) applications from a single database and platform.  In order to maintain vendor support for the core applications and technology platform, OSU needed to upgrade both the HR and SIS software and split the applications into separate databases, while also upgrading the technical infrastructure to a more robust platform.

Approach

Navigator partnered with OSU to reimplement, upgrade, and separate their HR and SIS applications.  The project also involved implementing integration utilities to keep the separate PeopleSoft HR and SIS systems in sync, and PeopleSoft Interaction Hub (Portal) to facilitate a seamless user experience.  All upgraded systems were deployed on a new platform with upgraded hardware.  Navigator’s technical team led infrastructure testing, performance testing, and the Move to Production (MTP) planning and deployment effort, which was extremely complex and included a roughly 6 calendar day cutover process. 

Results

The project team successfully completed this very technically complex project.  The cutover process went very smoothly in part due to the rigid methodology followed in performing multiple test moves and a comprehensive dress rehearsal prior to the actual cutover.  System performance exceeded expectations so well that client was able to disband its post-go-live Performance SWAT team much earlier than planned.  

Some of the benefits realized by this project included: 
  • Increased system availability by providing near 24/7 access to students
  • Eliminating risks of unscheduled outages associated with aging hardware 
  • Migration to virtual servers and scalability and improved flexibility in performing maintenance
  • Standardized batch scheduling methodology by retiring core legacy scripts and reducing training costs and efforts spent on legacy scheduling
  • Enhanced high availability and disaster recovery capabilities
  • Implementation of security hardening utilities to better protect data, both at rest and in motion
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