Develop a Better Data Sharing and Integration Strategy

Build a better data integration and sharing strategy

Today’s higher education institutions are facing a multitude of challenges around data analysis, security, and increasingly hybrid architectures. The issue of how to balance ongoing security challenges while connecting cloud and on-premises applications is common across institutions. These challenges may lead many organizations to develop an integration strategy to help in the alignment of these increasingly complex architectures. However, limiting the focus to only integrations can become overly technically focused. Instead of developing an integration strategy, institutions should instead take a holistic approach to data sharing and develop an information strategy.  As information is a valuable asset for organizations and … Read More

Taking Advantage of Our Higher Education AWS Standard Plays (Begin Your Journey to the Cloud)

M&S helps direct you on your journey to the cloud

Is your institution moving to the cloud? Are you adopting a cloud strategy, such as Cloud First, where the institution takes the plunge and jumps in with both feet, or perhaps an Opportunistic Cloud or Experimental Cloud strategy where they test the waters with select projects? Perhaps your institution has instead elected to stay out of the cloud entirely and to simply watch from a distance. Each of these strategies can be appropriate in the right context, but adopting a cloud strategy that works for your institution should be a priority. With any of these strategies, you need to ensure … Read More

Visit Us at Mid-Atlantic Banner User Group, 2018

M&S is proud to be a MABUG (Mid-Atlantic Banner User Group), 2018 sponsor! In addition to helping sponsor the event, we will be presenting on a framework M&S Consulting’s Higher Ed practice has been working to perfect: Using a Common Data Model (CDM) intermediary to integrate diverse campus systems leveraging APIs. Our team that will be attending MABUG, Kate and Tak, have decades of experience in Higher Ed tech and are excited to be in the middle of all the excitement October 14-16 in Fredericksburg, VA. If you’re going to be there we would love for you to come and say hi … Read More

AWS Standard Play Workshop at Bridgewater College

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Bridgewater College took their first step to AWS by taking part in a new AWS program named, Standard Play. In 2018, AWS created the Standard Play program that provides a variety of workshops to help higher education customers take their first steps into the AWS Cloud. Bridgewater, in need of modernizing their website infrastructure, decided to focus on its main public-facing website for the pilot of the technology. As the AWS partner leading the Standard Play, M&S Consulting conducted a multi-day workshop to pilot the migration of Bridgewater’s website to AWS. M&S utilized infrastructure as code principals through CloudFormation to … Read More

“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

One choice that faced institutions implementing Ellucian’s Banner ERP was deciding between the proverbial “vanilla” install, where schools conformed their processes to Ellucian’s pre-packaged solution; and a highly customized environment that better suited existing business requirements, but required coding customizations not only at the outset, but on a recurring basis… because customizations needed to be re-coded each time Banner re-released a particular form. Ellucian is promising to take some of the pain out of this choice with Banner XE. The “XE” stands for eXtensible Ecosystem, and a key feature is a complete redesign of their administrative and self-service forms. Simpler … Read More