This December, the Samis upgrade will be a double upgrade following the forced abandonment of the summer upgrade as a result of Covid related delays in relation to awards and graduation processing.
Our upgrade dates are agreed with the SAMIS User Group at the start of each Academic Year. This agreement followed previous years of term end in December.
Each release brings new functionality that developers can then deploy through projects.
Immediate benefits include:
All Samis on the Web screens provided by Tribal will be WCAG2.1 compliant
Improved data anonymization in non-production instances
New HESA tables and a new HESES process screen to support changes to statutory reporting.
New processes and screen to support the Office for Students return.
Benefits dependent on further work to implement
The ability to add multi-factor authentication to logins which will reduce the risk of student accounts becoming compromised
New functionality for Curriculum Proposals and Approvals.
Improved Data Auditing functionality
Audit logging of data exports from Samis client tools
SAMIS will be unavailable Sunday 13, Monday 14, Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 December while we upgrade. We need time to back-up the databases and complete underlying work on the servers and databases before the upgrade starts. Please remember to log out of SAMIS when you leave work on Friday 11 December.
The following applications will be unavailable for the duration of the upgrade: - SAMIS on the web (includes Unit Evaluation and Coursework Coversheet printing and scanning) - SAMIS Desktop Client - Application Tracker
- SAMIS bookings (PG Skills, University Open Days, UCAS Open Days)
- Applicant username and password generation
- Registration Online (ROL)
- Business Objects (SAMIS-related reports only)
- Business Objects Webi Reporting
- Student Lookup
- User account creation & some other DDaT user account tools
- Panopto Review Scheduler
Data to and from SAMIS and other systems will not update during the upgrade. If you are responsible for any technical interfaces to or from SAMIS, please ensure that your connections to the database will not be attempting to run during this period. Systems that provide data to or get data from SAMIS include:
- Room Service
- Exam Timetable
- Student Loan Company
- Students' Union (MSL)
- Applicant CRM
- Student Journey CRM
Thank you for your patience while this necessary upgrade takes place. We expect to have all SAMIS related systems available again by 9am, Thursday 17 December.