We have specified, designed, constructed or consulted on interfaces between many different systems, to better integrate data between systems, manage data flow, and provide enhanced information for staff and students. An example of our work in this area is cited below.
Syllabus Plus / PeopleSoft Systems Integration
A major university appointed Mosaic Space to manage the integration of the newly installed timetable system, Syllabus Plus, together with a newly installed student system built by PeopleSoft. The requirement was for a real-time connection between the two data sources that maintained the timetable with the student system. The driving force behind this integration was the streamlining of the enrolment process, while maintaining the integrity and efficiency of the classroom utilisation for the university.
This problem was particularly difficult to manage manually, since it required a number of key data management features, including the ability to plan for future classroom requirements; classroom usage monitoring during the enrolment process; and the facility to adjust classroom booking and allocation during the enrolment process to address variations in the enrolment levels.
An integrated system was built that created warnings when certain levels of enrolment were achieved that went beyond the predicted boundaries. This would trigger a search for addition appropriate space within the framework of a balanced timetable which maintained student pathways of study, as well as managing the staff requirements for the university. The strength of this system integration was that it allowed the two systems to maintain their own data integrity while sharing information that was constantly changing and being adjusted. This required a regular exchange and reconciliation of data. Even more importantly, it provided better information for both students and staff in a timely fashion. This made the planning of schedules more straightforward and reduced the amount of time that had previously been used in re-adjusting the enrolment of students due to misleading or out-of-date information.
The ultimate result was the ability of the university to move to an online enrolment system that reduced staff time that had been occupied with enrolment problems and created a more efficient operation that enhanced the reputation of the institution.
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