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July 5th, 2007 by tamuwebmaster

With Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) bringing on the SunGard Banner system to replace SIMS, one of the “added bonus” pieces is the Luminis portal. The Luminis portal is based on the JA-SIG uPortal product and will be used to provide that “myRecord” Web access aspect for student information.Being part of this portal committee, I’m realizing the implications for this portal. In some cases, it will be a welcome addition to campus services. It would help channel some of the activity from WWW for many of our constituencies; the Group Studio function alone could really add a new element of collaboration and communication for student organizations, faculty groups, and committees. The ability for detailed and targeted announcements to a specific user could help alleviate some of the bulk mail activity.While calling it a portal, it’s also being seen as an intranet for the university, providing customized content to students, faculty, and staff. So there’d be channels and tabs for research, student financial aid, HR forms, enrollment info, classes, etc.The concern though is who and how the information is maintained, developed, and updated. If it’s done right, then the portal would dynamically grab info from RSS feeds, or other content management systems or Web sites. If done wrong, then it’s going to be a hodge podge of poorly constructed text boxes and non-optimized Web images with info that’s out of date. There’s also the discussion of who is “tab-worthy,” who is “channel-worthy” and who gets to be “above the fold”.

To see a Luminis portal in action and get a feel for a basic install from a student and faculty/staff perspective, Colorado State has RamPoint with demo accounts set up for anyone to “play around” with. Simply click “View Student Demo” and “View Faculty/Staff demo” to see. Their look and feel follows the standard uPortal base layout.If you want to delve a little deeper, then I’d recommend perusing the blogs and resources of the Luminis Developer Network (LDN).Currently, the portal committee has broken up into a number of working subcommittees (for example, I’m heading up branding) with a goal to meet again as a whole with the Sungard folks again in late July.

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2 Comments to Texas A&M University portal

  1. Your RamPoint link goes to SunGuard, not to Colorado State. Am I missing something?

    FWIW, I did find the flash demo on the SunGuard site.

  2. Preston on July 11th, 2007
  3. I fixed the RamPoint link. Thanks Preston for catching that.

  4. chiv on July 16th, 2007

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