Data Steward: March 2003 – May 2005
Challenges at UIS:
The University made the decision to replace all existing major systems (Payroll, HR, Student Records and Registration) with a PeopleSoft solution. When each major phase was implemented, the old sources of data were eliminated, and all users were expected to use Business Objects and the new EDW for all reporting needs. There were no parallel systems for backup.
I supported the smallest of three campuses that make up the University of Illinois. UIS did not have technical resources readily available, as did the Urbana or Chicago campuses. Many of the deans and the deans' assistants had very little technical training.
Technically, my role as data steward did not include creating reports. However, I worked with individuals to teach them how to develop simple reports using Business Objects, as well as training them in Excel and other standard Microsoft office tools. I would create more complex reports and would train my users how to run them and use parameters to fit their needs.