More than two years have passed since the Data Warehouse Steering Committee first met. The pressure to provide ad hoc reporting and data analysis capabilities continues to mount, but because of limited resources and other priorities, no progress has been made since then. This memo is intended to be a revision of what has been done so far, and a call to get back on track.
The agendas, meeting minutes and reports from our initial meetings are posted on the web. Use these links to review what we did in those initial meetings.
Some of the members of the initial Steering Committee no longer work at Andrews. The committee needs to review its composition, and suggest additional or alternative names where necessary.
|Mistee Arias||Associate Director, Human Resources||Marlene Jorgensen|
|Derek Bradfield||Director, Student Financial Services|
|Bradley Christensen||Database Administrator|
|Gary Dickerson||Assistant Director, Administrative Systems|
|Richard Forrester||Chief Accountant||Sharyl Turon|
|Ann Gibson||Dean, School of Business|
|David Heise||Chief Information Officer|
|Ronald Herr||Associate Vice President, Financial Administration|
|Lisa Jardine||Alumni Coordinator/Annual Fund Raising|
|Patricia B Mutch||Vice President, Academic Administration|
|David S Penner||Vice President, Enrolment||?|
|Sharon Pittman||Chair, Social Work Department|
|Susan Schwab||Coordinator-Academic Systems|
|Jack Stout||Chair, Strategic Planning Committee|
|Ed Wines||Vice President, Financial Administration|
|DWSteering||Listserv for the committee|
It has become very clear from discussions in the Strategic Planning Committee, in Quality Improvement Teams and in other places around campus that enrolment and retention are key areas in assuring the ongoing success of the institution. In the November 18, 1998 meeting of the Data Warehouse Steering Committee, the following topics were suggested during a short brain storming session:
It is not entirely true that no progress has been made since we last met. In the minutes of the last Steering Committee meeting, towards the end, there is a reference to the high cost of client software, and the expectation that products will become available that are much less expensive. There was the same expectation for ETL (Extract/Transform/Load) tools. Those expectations have been met. We are able to begin our data warehouse project for significantly less capital outlay than was the case 2 years ago. Microsoft SQL Server 7 has been chosen as the relational database for the data warehouse, and this includes the ETL tools. Hardware specifications for the server are being determined at present.