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How do we start Ellucian Banner 9 Upgrade?

Migrating Ellucian Banner 8 to Banner 9 is now the biggest project in Higher Education area. Many of universities and colleges are now working hard for this: recruiting the team, organizing the resources, building up new hardware and software platform, and so on.

Yes, upgrading to Ellucian Banner 9 is a very challenging job as it introduces much hardware and software prerequisites before performing function level upgrade.  Those are now widely known: Ellucian Ethos Identity, Application Navigator, Ellucian BEIS SSO Manager, and Ellucian Solution Manager. All of them are required for Banner 9 upgrade. But, where may we get started? The quick answer is Ellucian Solution Manager.

From project management perspective, at the very beginning, we need to create plan, schedule, and upgrade path ...

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Utilizing Information Schema for Database Migration

SQL-92 is a milestone in setting up the standards of SQL query language for relational database. In SQL-92, an important feature is to define Information_Schema – a series of read-only views for retrieving database metadata.

Information_Schema is quite useful when porting one SQL-92 compatible database to another, especially when you have large number of backend scripts which involve metadata operations.

Information_Schema may bring lots of convenience when we build up database-driven solutions since usually these solutions use database metadata quite often.

Let’s see which major databases support SQL-92 Information_Schema :

RDBMSRankSQL-92 CompatibleInformation_schema
Oracle1stOracle data dictionary: desc dict;
Open source project: ora-info-schema
MySQL 5+2ndMySQL Info Schem...
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What Confluent can do for data synchronization?

Confluent is a streaming platform based on Apache Kafka. Apache Kafka is a distributed streaming platform which offers three key capabilities:

  1. It lets you publish and subscribe to streams of records. In this respect it is similar to a message queue or enterprise messaging system.
  2. It lets you store streams of records in a fault-tolerant way.
  3. It lets you process streams of records as they occur.

So Kafka is good for:

  1. Building real-time streaming data pipelines that reliably get data between systems or applications
  2. Building real-time streaming applications that transform or react to the streams of data

Now let’s get back to Confluent. Confluent offers Confluent Open Source and Enterprise editions. We may see Confluent a wrapper of Apache Kafka...

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