Top five FAQs: NGSIS Platform Modernization project

Enterprise Applications and Solutions Integration (EASI) and Next Generation Student Information Services (NGSIS) have been working to modernize U of T’s student information system, ROSI. This project involves converting over 2 million lines of code and replacing the mainframe server to improve system performance and capacity and real-time integration with other applications.

Throughout October and November 2017, the EASI team met and consulted with 21 academic divisions and 6 administrative units. Here are the top five FAQs – visit for the full list.

  1. When is the NGSIS Platform Modernization being implemented?
    The change from the mainframe server to the more efficient and robust server infrastructure, as well as the updated code, is tentatively scheduled for the holiday weekend in May, from May 19 to 21, 2018.
  2. Which systems will be affected?
    ROSI and ROSI Express (admin facing) – will be unavailable from May 19 to 21
    • ACORN, associated applications and SWS (student-facing) – will be unavailable from May 19 to 21
    • Other systems dependent on the mainframe and connecting to ROSI and ROSI data – will be unavailable from May 19 to 21:

    1. Degree Explorer
      • MyRes
      • eMarks
      • Varsity Blues Registration System
      Note: The Learning Portal will not be affected.
  3. After the cutover, will other student- and staff-facing systems be different? ACORN, Degree Explorer, and Course Finder will operate in exactly the same way, as will ROSI Express, eMarks, StarRes, and MyRes.
  4. Will I be able to use the function (PF) keys?
    Most of the function key actions will require the use of mouse clicks. You can still use the “enter” key for most enter functions, but many keyboard functions (like paging up and down with PF7 and PF8) will require a mouse click.
  5. Can users still type direct commands to get from menu to menu?
    Direct commands will still be the main way of navigating around ROSI. You will type menu selections, then use mouse clicks for paging, returning to a previous screen, etc.