Schedule

Please Note: This agenda is subject to change. (And exact times are still TBD)

Day 1 | Saturday, April 6 | Concurrent Sessions 1

Identity Management via an Argos DataBlock

By New College of Florida

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Our new Identity Management system can be monitored and maintained through an Argos datablock.
This datablock allows the real-time creation and maintenance of our Active Directory and Gmail accounts, triggered by events in our Banner database (e.g. Employee Hire or Termination). Active Directory and Gmail accounts can be automatically or manually enabled or disabled. Some of the more interesting techniques used in this datablock include:

  • A custom tabbing system that allows the transition from one screen to another using stacked panels.
  • Maintaining (add, update and delete) of custom Oracle validation and crosswalk tables.
  • Use of an Oracle reference cursor to display the Active Directory attributes for an individual.
  • Oracle packages, procedures and functions are used extensively throughout this datablock.

Presenter(s):
Robert Schaedel, Assoc. Director Applications Support and Development

Faster Than You Thought Possible:
How to Create, Write, & Schedule Financial Aid Reports

By American University in Cairo

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The session will cover the following topics:

1- How to easily create the datablocks, and the successful approach we’ve taken to build effective reports just in time!

2-The benefits of using Argos and moving from user to power user. (I always love to share with customers and encourage them. NO mission is impossible!)

3-Example#1 = How Argos was the most important factor to relieve stress, increase energy, concentrate and focus more effectively to facilitate the financial aid analysis and awarding process – especially in emergency situations!

4-Example #2 = Financial Aid Appeal report to grab the applicant’s information from Banner (student’s answers and their academic history).

Together, this all makes financial aid analysis and the awarding process faster than you ever thought possible!

Presenter(s):
Rania Ahmed Nafea, Manager, Financial Aid and Technical Operations

From Inception to Implementation – Building a Campus-wide Dashboard

By University of Tennessee – Knoxville

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This presentation will be a blend of functional and technical triumphs and trials faced during the development of a campus-wide dashboard at UTK. On the functional side, I’ll cover the inception of the idea, brainstorming how we could use Argos to implement the idea, bringing in Evisions Professional Services, and navigating changing requirements and policies during development. On the technical side, I will cover how we set up the overall tabbed navigation for a seamless experience, some clever tricks to provide a user-friendly experience, as well as highlight some good practices to make development and maintenance easier for such a large project. I’ll also talk about how some of these decisions also had some negative consequences as we got closer to implementation.

Hopefully, users can take our story and find a new way Argos can be used at their institutions, as well as pick up some technical Argos knowledge for future projects.

Presenter(s):
Zach Berven, IT Analyst III

TBD

By TBD

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TBD

Presenter(s):
TBD

Implementing the Data Cookbook and Data Governance with Argos

By IData, Inc.

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In this session, IData will show you the technical side of implementing a data governance program. You’ll learn how to build specifications within the report itself, as well as how to use the API feature in Argos to build the integration between the report and the Data Cookbook.

Presenter(s):
Brian Parish, CEO

Argos – Roadmap & AMA

By Evisions

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First, get the latest update on the Argos roadmap. Then, consider this the Evisions version of a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). Ask questions pertaining to the product roadmap you just saw. Throw technical questions our way. We’ll answer those too! The Evisions panel will consist of Argos experts who are there to answer whatever questions you may have.

Presenter(s):
Jeri Smith, Sr. Product Manager

FormFusion Hands-on: Tips & Tricks

By Evisions

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(This session requires separate sign-up at the time of registration. It is first come, first served. A maximum of 20 seats are available.)
This hands-on session will discuss tips and tricks in FormFusion to help you better understand template processing and development. Learn how FormFusion processes templates from the ingestion of the plain text to delivery of your enhanced output. We will review content such as conditional printing, additional string formatting using SQL, and creating additional output. Topics covered in this session include:

  • Template Processing
    • How it works and what to expect
  • SQL CaptureForm
    • How to specially format data and text
    • Utilizing the hold variables concept
  • Conditional Printing in Objects, Forms, and Directors
  • Multiple Copies and Overlays
  • Creating Additional Output
  • FormDirector: Directors and Configuration
  • Template Testing
    • Test Print Template

Requirements: Windows laptop; a very basic understanding of SQL

Presenter(s):
TBD

Day 1 | Saturday, April 6 | Concurrent Sessions 2

Make Your Own Life Easier – Rapid In-House Application Development

By The University of Alabama

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One of the most underutilized aspects of Argos is the ability to develop your own in-house applications on a much quicker timeline than standard development projects requiring resources from a variety of areas around campus. Depending upon your organizational structure, these types of projects can sometimes be completed solely using resources from within a single office.

Come see how the Office of the University Registrar at the University of Alabama has leveraged Argos to increase productivity through application development. We will be focusing on two specific efforts. First, we will look at the development of a working calendar which keeps track of day-to-day tasks throughout the year. This application allows for the scheduling of tasks, assignment of duties, daily notifications, and much more. Next, we will look at a dashboard that was built to manage the intake of residency reclassification applications. The dashboard allows users within the office to quickly assess a student’s situation while providing an interface through which applications can be assigned to different staff members for review and tracked through various levels of review progress. Accompanying reporting dashboards were also built to get a bird’s eye view of the entire review process.

These two applications were built for very specific purposes, but we’re hopeful that the building blocks of each could be translated onto your campus to address a variety of needs.

Presenter(s):
Denny Savage, Senior Associate University Registrar
Jennifer McMillan, Senior Associate University Registrar

CrossWalk This Way

By Fashion Institute of Technology

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During the Fashion Institution of Technology’s pilot-group transition to Argos from our existing reporting tool, it was discovered that we had a need for data that was not located anywhere in Banner, our main source of data. Aware that many of our Banner fields had been ‘re-purposed,’ we knew that we would have to develop a work-around until we were able to undergo complete re-engineering of those fields. For example, we wanted a major description that is not limited by a number of characters and is in a presentable format for our letters sent out to students. In addition, we wanted to be able to group majors by departments for reporting purposes and distribution to the department Chairperson.

This led to the creation of our “Major CrossWalk” table. Building a crosswalk table as a data source required us to involve the Registrar’s Office, as they are the data owners for the major tables in Banner. This also emphasized our need to strengthen and improve our data governance practices. With the team set, the table was created and received approval. It was then decided this would be the first datadlock created in-house. We mapped out all of the requirements and defined the fields from Banner that would be crosswalked with the fields in our table (and did some data clean-up). We determined how new data or changes to data would be maintained and who would be responsible for maintaining. From there, we came up with the design elements for the dashboard for the maintenance. With all of this, IT took on the challenge to create the datablock. The datablock was tested and approved for production.

During this presentation we will provide an overview of all of these steps taken to create our first in-house datablock and provide functional end users with a user-friendly way of maintaining this data.

Presenter(s):
Sandra Braxton, Information Management Specialist
Caryn Prestigiacomo, Operations Manager
Rita Cammarata, Director of Records and Registration

Power to the People – Using Argos to Allow Functional Users to Script

By UNC Asheville

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UNC Asheville’s academic services offices have reduced their reliance on IT to bulk load records into Banner. After an approval process, update access to specific Banner forms is granted, and Datablock Designers create an appropriate dashboard. Not only does this allow users to complete necessary tasks more efficiently by not requiring each request to go through a three step approval process, it allows the users who utilize the data (and have access to update records anyway) more governance of their processes. So far, users have been granted access to process mass registrations, insert and remove SPACMNT comments, student and course attributes, as well as adjust limits for course sections, waitlists, and the maximum and minimum hour fields.

Participants will get an overview of the approval process, general setup information and a demonstration of selected update dashboards.

Presenter(s):
Cale Burrell, Business Technician
Lynne Horgan, Registrar

Argos Rejuvenation at Wentworth

By Wentworth Institute of Technology

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WIT has been using Argos since 2007, but mainly to just get spreadsheets of data from Banner. This past year, we started a new initiative to really help visualize the data and make it easier to get what you really want out of Banner.

The impetus for this was the amount of manual manipulation of spreadsheets we heard staff were doing. In some cases, it could take up to 2 weeks to gather a list of GPAs for a particular major for particular courses. We set out to create our own design language for datablocks going forward – previously, we had just used a simple gray background with one filter slapped on. Now, we have our own branding and template we use for each new report.

In conjunction with the new design, we also utilized Oracle to help build the custom tables the datablocks use for queries. We were finding 2 issues with our old method: scalability and speed. For scalability, our new method sometimes requires up to 12 filters to make it useful for everyone on campus. Without writing the SQL in an Oracle package and refreshing the data every night, it would be impossible to implement the smart filtering system on all of our reports. Even with that, the filtering grows more complex every day.

The other issue was speed. By going directly against the baseline tables (or even ODS views), the sheer volume of data being queried was grinding our reporting efforts to a halt. By combining all of the data we want into one static table, reports that may have taken 60 seconds to run can do the job in under 10 seconds.

The main focus of the presentation is how we went from using Argos in a stale manner to making it a user-friendly, indispensable tool across campus (and how Oracle supports the back-end efforts with that). However, it would also include some workarounds and limitations we have found (such as charting issues with more than one sequence and having to explicitly create a smart filtering system, which makes changes down the line much more complicated).

Presenter(s):
Benjamin Assa, Data Architect

Why a TEST MAPS is Important

By Evisions

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Find out why it is good practice to have a dev server for Windows updates and MAPS updates. Learn how you could benefit from having a dev server as a backup.

Presenter(s):
TBD

FormFusion/Intellecheck – Roadmap & AMA

By Evisions

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First, get the latest update on the FormFusion and IntelleCheck roadmaps. Then, consider this the Evisions version of a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). Ask questions pertaining to the product roadmaps you just saw. Throw technical questions our way. We’ll answer those too! The Evisions panel will consist of FormFusion and IntelleCheck experts who are there to answer whatever questions you may have.

Presenter(s):
Jeri Smith, Sr. Product Manager

Drill-through Charts: A Hands-on Experience

By Evisions

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(This session requires separate sign-up at the time of registration. It is first come, first served. A maximum of 20 seats are available.)

This hands-on session will show the basics of building drill-through charts in Argos. See how you can go from an executive overview to detailed information with a click of the mouse. Learn how to take advantage of the Library of Objects to help speed up development. Topics covered include: charts, naming conventions, forms, Library of Objects, on-click events, DataBlock variables, and object properties.

Requirements: Windows laptop, minimal Argos DataBlock Designer experience, and minimal SQL experience.

Presenter(s):
TBD

Day 1 | Saturday, April 6 | Concurrent Sessions 3

Building Check-in Applications using Argos for Simple Attendance Tracking

By Bridgewater State University

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Bridgewater State University is using Argos to build simple yet powerful check-in applications for easy, effective attendance tracking across our campus. This started as a creative solution for a complex business need and has transformed into a simple, low-cost solution that can be replicated for different purposes and replace expensive and clunky third-party tools. We have used check-in applications for a variety of purposes such as: iPad deployment for Education majors, Career and Wellness fair attendance tracking, fitness center usage, new student orientation check-in, music recital and theater show attendance tracking and much more. We also use Argos to send receipts, thank you emails, and other communications to attendees of these events. I will show a variety of these check-in applications in the session as well as provide a technical walk-through so that attendees can build their own!

Presenter(s):
Heather Tisdelle, Assistant Director of Administrative Systems

Utilizing Argos to Support University-Wide Retention Initiatives

By La Salle University

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La Salle University is utilizing Argos to support retention initiatives across campus. Many of the features of Argos are utilized to communicate data and historical trends to different stakeholders across campus. Multi-column boxes are used to show individual detailed retention. Scheduled banded reports are distributed to specific groups to remind them of the on-going efforts and to see if there has been any improvements based on different initiatives. Dashboards have been created so that at-risk students and groups can be easily identified for specific intervention strategies. Having Argos integrated within our retention initiatives helps our end users see what is going on and take ownership of our institutional data.

Presenter(s):
Victor de Couto, Director of BI and IR

Advanced Schedules in Argos

By Ball State University

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Want to make the most of your schedules? Come learn some advanced skills, solutions to various scenarios and needs, and how to setup distribution lists. Gain tips on reducing the size of attachments, updating distribution lists, building HTML within your SQL, and creating “set-it-and-forget-it” schedules. Worried about “advanced” in the title? Don’t be. You will receive step-by-step instructions on the material covered.

At the 2018 conference, I presented on schedule creation, quickly covering many aspects of scheduling. This new presentation will be a more in-depth look at some of those aspects. It will reference my prior presentation which was turned into a webinar in November 2018.

Presenter(s):
Bryan Fortriede, Information Specialist for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services

Wow Them with Banded Reports

By Belmont University

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Banded reports are great for showing row-level data with sub-totals and totals, but did you know you can do so much more? Belmont University uses Argos banded reports to present comprehensive reports in PDF format for admissions, enrollment, faculty and more. Learn the tricks to create many sections, each with their own display formatting (including charts and graphs), and to create multiple banded reports within the same data block, but with different data, and much more.

Presenter(s):
Patricia White, Assistant Provost

Security & Permissions: Best Practices

By Evisions

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This session will show you how to implement security on objects in the explorer tree for users and groups.

We’ll explain and demonstrate the different ways credentials can be used to connect to the database. You’ll see an example of one Data Connection with 4+ users who all connect to the database using a different set of credentials (proxy, use connection name, use maps username and password, use connection username and password, do not allow connection).

We’ll also discuss how to use the feature for BANPROXY and connection scripts. (Coming in Argos 6.2!)

Presenter(s):
TBD

IRIS – Roadmap & AMA

By Evisions

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First, get the latest update on the IRIS roadmap. Then, consider this the Evisions version of a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). Ask questions pertaining to the product roadmap you just saw. Throw technical questions our way. We’ll answer those too! The Evisions panel will consist of IRIS experts who are there to answer whatever questions you may have.

Presenter(s):
Don Ashley, Sr. Product Manager

Application Development in Argos: A Hands-on Experience

By Evisions

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(This session requires separate sign-up at the time of registration. It is first come, first served. A maximum of 20 seats are available. This is the exact same session as the one listed in Concurrent Sessions 4. Please only sign up for one of these two sessions, so that as many attendees can participate as possible.)

In this hands-on session we’ll go over best practices and basic skills to quickly design light-weight, user-friendly applications in Argos. Topics covered will include: Utilizing insert/update/delete functionality, validating user input, leveraging object properties, and designing for ease of use.

Requirements: Windows laptop, minimal Argos DataBlock Designer experience, and minimal SQL experience.

Presenter(s):
TBD

Day 1 | Saturday, April 6 | Concurrent Sessions 4

Creating an Academic Advisor Toolkit with Evisions Argos

By Oakland University

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Learn how Oakland University is using Evisions Argos to create an Academic Advisor Toolkit. This Toolkit will replace Banner Relationship Manager, which is no longer supported, and will be the place where all advising and student support notes go. This is a solution that was developed in response to a problem. But not only does this solution solve the problem, it’s actually much better than what it’s replacing.

The Toolkit will receive input from both technical and functional users and will be used by almost 100 people who work in advising and student support services. It features multiple forms, multiple data connections and relies heavily on a few SQL variables both for pulling information and for inserting notes into the BRM tables. Where advisors currently have to work in multiple systems to piece the information together, this new solution enables them to get all of that information in one place – Argos.

Presenter(s):
Bill Johnson, Sr. Systems & Data Analyst

Understanding, Creating and Using OLAP Cubes for Multidimensional Reporting

By University of Georgia

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A new type of visualization has increased in popularity with reporting tools such as Argos, the OLAP cube. OLAP cubes allow for incredible ease in processing large volumes of data to quickly and dynamically derive meaningful insights. However, this flexibility also opens up several common pitfalls that may lead to misinterpretation of the data. We will demonstrate the use of OLAP, cover basic vocabulary, concepts, how to create your own OLAP and avoid common problems.

Presenter(s):
John Tong, Application Analyst Principle
Andrea Hallow, Application Analyst

Dashboarding for Student Success

By University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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Looking for a way to put all your academic department reporting in one place? This session is a case study on how UT Chattanooga has used Argos dashboards to provide departments with the information needed for student success in a an easy to use interface.

Presenter(s):
Jamie Walden, Director, Banner Systems

Beyond Reporting

By Imperial Valley College

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You’re comfortable with Datablocks and Banded Reports. What else can you do with Argos?

This presentation intends to show different use cases for Argos besides reporting:

  • Creating XML and CSV content to be consumed by other systems (Excel, Android App, etc)
  • Using Argos as an Application Development Tool to create e-Forms to input data.
  • Tips & Tricks

This presentation is somewhat technical, but everyone is welcome to attend. The target audience is those users (probably intermediate level) that feel comfortable with datablocks and banded reports but haven’t tried other things with Argos. This is definitely not for the advanced users since they most probably they already know this.

Presenter(s):
Alejandro Aguilar, Senior Programmer /Systems Analyst

Monitoring Argos Usage

By Belmont University

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I will show how Belmont University has implemented a way to track usage across campus using ETL combined with the MAPS Data Warehouse. I will cover the steps that we took, the problems we ran into, the solutions to those problems, and what the final product looks like now.

Presenter(s):
Patrick Haller, Business Intelligence Developer

So You’re New to MAPS Administration

By Evisions

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Are you new to MAPS Administration? Learn the key points and best practices when becoming a new MAPS Administrator. This presentation will cover things like User Administration, User Role Creation, LDAP/CAS Integration, and Connection Security.

Presenter(s):
TBD

Application Development in Argos: A Hands-on Experience

By Evisions

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(This session requires separate sign-up at the time of registration. It is first come, first served. A maximum of 20 seats are available. This is the exact same session as the one listed in Concurrent Sessions 3. Please only sign up for one of these two sessions, so that as many attendees can participate as possible.)

In this hands-on session we’ll go over best practices and basic skills to quickly design light-weight, user-friendly applications in Argos. Topics covered will include: Utilizing insert/update/delete functionality, validating user input, leveraging object properties, and designing for ease of use.

Requirements: Windows laptop, minimal Argos DataBlock Designer experience, and minimal SQL experience.

Presenter(s):
TBD

Day 1 | Saturday, April 6 | Concurrent Sessions 5

Argos – To the Letter

By Ball State University

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Find out how Ball State University uses Argos to create Admissions letters that pull in dynamic messages based on each student’s situation. You’ll not only learn how this has benefited the Admissions Office and students at BSU, but you’ll learn the steps taken to create those letters – so you can do them back at your institution. This session will also cover the creation of letters that are multiple pages and which include a PDF created in Argos.

Presenter(s):
Missy Adkison, Coordinator Enterprise Data Analytics & Distribution

Automating Faculty Course Assignments, Contracts, and Electronic Signatures

By Lawrence Technological University

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Assigning faculty to courses in Banner and creating the contracts for electronic signatures for both full-time faculty and adjuncts has been a challenge for our departments, especially when there are a lot of concurrent processes occurring in the colleges, the Registrar’s Office, and Human Resources. Trying to coordinate faculty preferences and schedules, new adjuncts hiring process, and last minute changes to both course offerings and instructor availability was an administrative nightmare – mostly done manually.

Our goal was to create an Argos system that would coordinate the process from the department chair’s first pass at assigning instructors to the creation of the Docusign teaching contracts. Chairs can test out various scenarios, even before an adjunct is officially hired or a course is assigned in Banner, check for overloads or underloads, assign variables that determine pay rates, and see what it will cost with each scenario. Once completed and approved, we use the email bursting feature to automatically send each instructor a copy of their assignments for the term, the chairs a report of all of their department’s assignments, the dean a report with all of the costs for the college, and the departments’ admins the bulk load files for electronic signature processing.

See how we used Argos to make this process more efficient and fully automated.

Presenter(s):
Linda Kucinski, Senior Systems Analyst

Leveraging Argos Datablocks for Processing and Reporting

By Lane Community College

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This presentation will cover how we’ve utilized Argos as a front-end dashboard to encompass many reports and processes related to Lane Community College’s On-Cycle Payroll process. In this session I will be explaining what the previous business process was and how the use of Argos has helped to streamline the edit reporting process, the execution of report building, as well as bundling it all together in a nice place. I will share code snippets of the driving factors that allow this Argos datablock to be so powerful.

Presenter(s):
Kenny Ascheri, Programmer Analyst

Collaborative Business Intelligence

By Macalester College

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At Macalester College, Business Services develops and deploys on-demand reports to over 300 Budget Managers in order to ensure they have accurate, timely information to keep their spending on target. By using Argos features, such as WebViewer and charts, we have been able to meet the needs of all campus users at every technical level. These reports have been central to our goal of empowering campus users to be fiscally mindful and make data-driven decisions more rapidly.

Presenter(s):
Amy Holter, Director of Business Services Technology

Clustering in MAPS/Argos

By Evisions

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MAPS and Argos version 6.1.1 offers some key improvements. Foremost among these is the optional clustering feature designed to support high-availability, increased performance, and redundancy, and to improve maintenance options. In this session you will get an understanding of how clustering works, and you’ll learn how enhanced scalability and load balancing will enable you to grow your MAPS and Argos environment as your data, schedules and institution grow.

Presenter(s):
Peter Wilbur, Technical Product Manager

Creating Functional “Super” DataBlocks

By Evisions

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We will explain the methodology and process for creating a datablock that meets “most” of the general reporting needs of a functional area. Included will be a focus on the 80/20 concept and avoiding programming for exceptions. Also, we’ll introduce a spreadsheet created in partnership with FIT.

Presenter(s):
TBD

Hands-on: Troubleshooting MAPS with the Log File

By Evisions

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Follow along and do as we do, as we explain how to go about troubleshooting certain errors within MAPS and how to use the log file to pinpoint the probable cause.

Requirements: Windows laptop; MAPS Administrator or Argos administrator

Presenter(s):
TBD

Day 2 | Sunday, April 7

Hands-On Workshop

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The second day of the conference does not feature any sessions. It will be a half-day (roughly 4-5 hours) workshop-type atmosphere where you’ll be able to work on what you want at your own pace. So bring your laptop! Day 1 presenters, fellow attendees, and Evisions staff will be on hand to assist you.

During this day, you will also get a sneak peek at Evisions’ new support and community site!

Exact times to be announced. (This day will end a few hours prior to the start of Ellucian Live’s opening evening reception.)

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