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MyWSU migrating to Amazon Web Services

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On Sept. 30, Information Technology Services (ITS) is moving Washington State University’s Student Information System, MyWSU, from its current host vendor, Oracle, to cloud provider Amazon Web Services (AWS). During the hosting change process, MyWSU will experience a prolonged service interruption beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. The application will return to full function by mid-afternoon on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Benefits of the AWS move for WSU users include improved platform hosting flexibility resulting in reduced slowdowns during high traffic periods such as the beginning of academic terms, improved security, timely access to the most recent feature releases, and a bit of a new look thanks to the updated visual design of the Fluid User Interface.

Technical support of MyWSU will also see improved system integrations, maintenance scheduling flexibility, ready access to the most recent security enhancements, and increased frequency of PeopleTools upgrades to biennial versus every four to six years. Technical teams will reduce response time from weeks to minutes to change or scale up needed resources during those start of semester high traffic periods.

With the increased frequency of PeopleTools updates, WSU users will continually have access to the most recent updates, tools, and feature releases within the system.

Following the addition of the medical school’s 12 month academic calendar, it is a challenge to schedule a change of this magnitude. The post-30th day change date was selected in partnership with numerous academic and business departments from every campus to reduce all impact to WSU’s incoming students and faculty, as well as any business processes supporting term start. 

The ITS technical team will also perform service upgrades to the latest version of PeopleTools during the same maintenance timeframe, providing both business and academic myWSU users immediate access to the most recent software improvements available through this new relationship.

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