Hyperion, a reporting software used to access various data sources, has been employed by the University for some time, and the software is at its life’s end. Hyperion will no longer be upgraded by Oracle and University Information Technology Services (ITS) is discouraging any future expansion.
ITS is currently testing a user interface that aims to allow Hyperion to coexist with WebFOCUS, to offer Hyperion in its current configuration for continued use, and allow users to upgrade Internet Explorer to newer versions, facilitating a seamless launch of the Hyperion product.
ITS’ intent is to run WebFOCUS and Hyperion in parallel for a short period of time while reports are migrated from Hyperion to WebFOCUS.
WebFOCUS is a feature rich enterprise business intelligence reporting solution providing advanced query, analysis, content formatting, with a multitude of output mode and device compatibility.
In addition, ITS is developing plans to bring student data (SADM) into the Enterprise Data Warehouse. ITS anticipates the Enterprise Data Warehouse replacement of SADM to use the Oracle delivered solution called EPM, Oracle’s datamart for the University’s PeopleSoft student admin software. This will entail the rewriting of Hyperion reports.
ITS will involve the existing Hyperion user-community in planning as it moves this effort forward. ITS estimates the WebFOCUS reporting tool conversion effort will last another 9 to 18 months.
This article, by Tim Williams, first appeared in the May 15, 2013 issue of the Project Weeklies newsletter of the ITS Project Management Office.