The ITS Office's Historical Background


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2001

The My.Lasalle Internet portal was conceptualized. Each De La Salle Internet account holder were given access to the University's different information services anytime, anywhere.

The DLSU newsletter and final exams and course card distribution schedules were made available for download into a student's or faculty's personal digital assistant or PDA. This is done with the use of AvantGo software installed in the PDA.

The DOS-based Online Broadcast System which was initially developed in 1999 was converted to a web-based program to make announcement of class suspension and cancellation over the DLSU websites easier for the Security Office's staff. The announcement was also made available via the DLSU WISe

Aside from the DLSU website, Entrance Exam Result was also made available via the DLSU WISe

CFO upgraded WebCT 1.3.1 to version 3.1 to give the users more functionality and ease of use. The 2.4-meter Satellite Dish was also upgraded to 3.7 meters to increase the down link bandwidth via satellite.

The computer lab at St Joseph building was renovated and opened to students as the Multimedia Lab of the College of Computer Studies. Eloquently designed tables and a whole new setup of a computer lab facility can be found inside the lab. Installed in the PCs are a host of different Macromedia softwares plus 3D Studio Max as well as multimedia equipment like PC cameras, speakers, video capture card and earphones and microphones. An audio room was also set up where students can record sound effects for their projects and another room housed the server, printer and scanner.

Computer labs were equipped with the CLO Information System, a database software developed by SMO designed to ease the burden of responsibilities of the CLO- Student Assistants. Initially, it accommodated the logging in and logging out of users. More application would be enabled to make the Computer Lab Operations a paperless office

The electronic class list has been redesigned to facilitate downloading. A faculty member would only have to enter the subject/section of the class and hi/her email address. He/she could even specify the format of the output file. The file would be emailed within the day to the faculty as an attachment. The transcript file has been integrated for all the undergrad, graduate and CSB students. The file has been migrated from VAX to Oracle. With this migration, the verification of the students' academic records by the Registrar's Office staff and Vice-Deans/Graduate School Director would be facilitated.

DLSU acquired additional 72 dial-up lines for students and faculty, and additional 1 unit of Remote Access Server (RAS) to support the added dial-up lines.
Compaq Proliant 8000 server was also acquired for Faculty Mail server. ITC also planned to acquire Storage Area Networks (SAN) to externalize and consolidate enterprise storage and help create continuous operations and disaster tolerance.

Computer Laboratories deployed Dell PCs to computer labs to lessen the number of problems encountered with generic PCs. Only three (3) computer laboratories benefited from this upgrade namely: LS212, G304 and MSCL.

The Data Administration Office worked on having an online procedure for querying the University's Masterfile. Initially, searching for records in the Course Masterfile and School Masterfile was made available through the Oracle Application Server. The search program was installed in the server and users can run the program using any standard Internet browser from their respective offices (where Internet connections are available). It was expected to eliminate costly and time consuming process of providing hard copies of such files by providing a more up-to-date, easily accessible, and less costly means of providing information to the users for reference purposes.

The PSI web site was up with a search engine powered by Atomz. The site employed the ASP technology for easy maintenance and quick redesign. The idea for online course enlistment kicked off after it was decided that undergraduate enrollment would go online. Course enlistment is a prerequisite to enrollment.

On June 11, 2001 the web-based enlistment program was was made accessible to students on June 18, 2001. Students enlisted for the subjects that they intend to take the following term using the Enlist in Courses option. On the other hand, Academic Assistants and Vice Deans were provided with a View Tally option where they can query the actual tally of the courses enlisted by the students. With this facility, they were able to project the number of sections which need to be opened the coming term.

The Admissions System handled the acceptance and screening of applicants as well as the data entry and update of pertinent admissions data for each accepted student with the Online Application Form. With the availability of this web-based application form, applicants filled out and submitted their forms online. Applicants were saved from the hassle of going to the DLSU Admissions Office to get the application form. This was especially helpful to applicants from outside Metro Manila. This feature also freed the Admissions Office personnel from manually entering data into the system since the applicants themselves have already entered the necessary information.

Network expansion was completed for the Velasco and St. Joseph Buildings. Wireless LAN was likewise installed at the University Library, Miguel, Gokongwei Ground Floor, North Conservatory, and GSB-RCBC Plaza. This facility provided students more avenues in connecting to the Internet.

The former auditorium classroom was renovated to accommodate a University-first, state-of-the-art, e-classroom. This was spearheaded by the Library Director and conceptualized by the IT Center and CREM under the tutelage of Bro. Mike Rapatan. The room was equipped with a surround sound system, a pair of hi-tech multimedia projectors and of course the essential component, the Robotel Smart Class System that enable students and faculty members to collaborate and even discuss classsroom work on a real time, per PC per student basis. It also boasts of a multi-directional pan/zoom/tilt camera which prepares the room for a possible Video Conferencing session in the near future.

The merging of archived files, specifically, data stored in the legacy systems was started. Both the archived graduate and undergraduate course offering files and data from the oracle database from year 1990 until the 2001 1st term have been consolidated. However, because of missing backup files, it was planned to collect data only from year 1995-2001. While waiting for the retrieval of the archived course offering files of GSB and CSB, preparation for datawarehousing was started.

Three datawarehousing and query tool softwares were under evaluation, namely: Seagate Info, SQL Analysis Server and Oracle Discoverer.

The Library Portal System, a web-based system that allows searching of the library holdings of the different DLSU system schools, was developed by the Documentation Office. Systems Management Office on the other hand, developed the system that allows a standard interface and result generation of queries from the different platforms used by the campuses.

Faculty Information Update Form (FIUF), a web-based application developed using ASP (Active Server Pages) technology with a FoxPro database, was designed to complement the manual submission of update forms to the EVP office. A report will then be generated and verified by the EVP office. These verified data would then be used for the promotion of the faculty members. The application was integrated with the My.LaSalle and faculty members were given access to the portal. Data from the application were downloaded into the Faculty Information System (FIS).