Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Early Customer Reports Reveal HUGE Performance Improvements With New vCal Import Process

Here are just a handful of the comments we have received from customers who are using the recently refactored vCal Import process:

"REMARKABLE! I cleared a prior term from R25 in preparation for batch exporting it again.  As such, it had all its room assignments already in our PeopleSoft test system. What usually takes several hours did not. I started the batch export process at 12:27PM and it finished at 12:45PM (18 minutes) exporting 2,271 classes. Since I could not believe it, I cleared the term again (which took 56 minutes) and re-ran the batch export at night from home.  Again, it ran in 18 minutes, representing a 90%+ time reduction.  Bravo for allowing us to assign resources. Double Bravo for allowing event type changes."
-- Bob Caron, UMASS Boston

"I just ran a batch download for fall into test. 2043 sections loaded in about 17 minutes. It used to take 5 hours or more. Hurray! Thank you!"
-- Tammy Miller, University of Idaho

"I just had to share how great I think it is that the meeting pattern now appears as part of the reservation. This saves me a ton of time researching issues with placements in the Optimizer…
Nice enhancement to go along with the lightning fast transactional processing… You guys are AWESOME!"
-- Steve Reed, Ball State University

"These are the results of the 201508 Batch Export:
       Interface started on 2015-02-11 at 08:44:03:67
       Batch Download completed 09:11:22:654 Number of classes: 4359……………… 27 minutes!!!!
This is fantastic!"
-- Vandy Travelstead, Clemson University

"It is *ridiculously* fast. The old way took 5.5 hours; the new way took about 30 minutes."
-- Monika Schwartz, Duquesne University

If you have a vCal performance story you'd like to share with us, or have a suggestion for where we can make additional improvements, please let us hear from you.  CollegeNET is paying attention and working hard to provide you with the best possible user experience.  Let us know what matters to you so we can make it happen!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Come See What Your Peers Are Up To at the CollegeNET User Conference!

Below is just a sampling of the engaging customer presentations that will be on tap at this year's annual CollegeNET User Conference.  Come hear how other institutions have creatively addressed their institutional challenges using CollegeNET products and services. We hope to see you here in July!


University of Kansas - Prospect CRM Implementation
Washington State University - Multi-Campus Implementation of Prospect CRM
Lehigh University - Implementing CollegeNET Admissions Systems
University of Kansas - Implementing Admit for Grad Funding 
Miami University of Ohio - Using Prospect CRM for Graduate Assistantship Nomination


College of Lake County - Integrating Catering into 25Live®
Missouri State University - Implementing 25Live for Energy Efficient Scheduling
East Carolina University - Final Exam Scheduling in 25Live
Loyola Marymount University - Streamlining Facilities Management in 25Live
UT San Antonio - Creating 25Live Custom Reports with Webservices
CSU San Marcos - Implementing 25Live Publisher Across Campus
UMASS Boston - Creating X25® Parameters and Reports
Florida Southwestern SC - Room Assignment Optimization with Schedule25®

The User Conference  is July 12-15.  Please register Here!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Stories from the Road: Golf Carts!

Often when I’m visiting a campus I see golf carts in use … by the facilities folks, security, general transportation around campus.  Oh, and occasionally on an actual golf course that is a part of the school.

At Furman University in South Carolina golf carts are used to give tours by the admission staff, but with a twist.  The roof of each cart is actually a solar battery so the carts are powered by the sun!  New technology requires new habits, though, and soon after the carts arrived, they started running out of ‘gas’ while on tour.  It didn't take long to figure out that the cause was the garage--- no sun,  no power!

In order to keep the carts charged and ready to roll, the admissions staff are now keeping the carts right at the curb outside their building.  Way to go Paladins for going green!

--James VanArsdel, VP of Client Relations 
Note:  If you'd like to have James visit your campus to learn about your CollegeNET implementation, or explore campus in alternative forms of transportation, please let your account manager know!