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Kansas State University

iSIS Data Delivery Strategy

Data delivery is the means by which information is drawn from iSIS and delivered to the end user, usually in the form of a report. Requests for data can be made through ad hoc or online queries, and can be used for either operational reporting or trend analysis/decision support. Access to certain sensitive data elements will be based on approved data access policy rules.

The key Data Delivery Goals:

  • Use currently licensed data delivery tools such as Query, SQR, Crystal; Optio e-Com Present; or Discoverer.
  • Deliver reports electronically.
  • Build reports with enough broad applicability to avoid the need for creating numerous specialized reports. Where possible, consolidate reports and models to provide this broad functionality.
  • Build reports with enough flexibility to avoid needing modification or customization at the college or unit level.
  • Consider a separate reporting database, such as a copy of the production system, to avoid reporting loads on the production server particularly during peak processing time.

Through participation in design and prototyping sessions, the project team will review delivered Campus Solutions reports, current legacy reports, and end user needs. The results from these sessions will be the basis for modifying reports.

Requirements:

Standard specification templates will be used to document reporting requirements. Each reporting item in the Data Delivery inventory will have a corresponding requirements document. Data Delivery technical staff will work closely with subject matter experts (SME) to create, validate, and approve each report. A decision will be made and documented in the inventory of the method or tool in which the data will be delivered (i.e., an on-line query, SQR, etc.)