Cognos to Argos Report Migration

In 2021, Emerson College decided to improve consistency in data analysis across all areas of the college through the establishment of shared practices including: Reporting standards and governance, data management, and common tools. As part of this initiative - the Data Analytics Program was founded. The first major project is the implementation of the enterprise reporting solution Argos from Evisions with the goal to become the college's new institutional reporting tool deployed campus-wide. The Argos Reporting System is a user-friendly web based reporting tool designed for novice and experienced data reporters allowing users to pull Banner data using pre-made reports with multiple filters.

The following clear objectives will be met with the adoption of Argos:

  • Enhance reporting data accessibility and consistency by building a centralized data repository
  • Enable Emerson departments to consistently and collaboratively analyze common data to inform institutional decision making
  • Establish reporting standards and guidelines for users
  • Increase self-service and access to accurate and well-formatted information in a timely manner
Timeline

The Argos Reporting Environment was implemented and launched in February 2022. We continue with migration of mission critical reporting for Student Foundational Data, Key metrics and Institutional Dashboard (Enrollment, Financial aid, IR, Registrar’s office) in close collaboration with end users.

January 2023 is our target month by which all reports currently available in Cognos will be migrated to Argos.

We understand that, for many of you, this migration will require careful coordination and use considerable amount of your time to become familiar with the new reporting tool, so we want to provide ample time and assure you that the Cognos reporting environment will remain available during this transition and for occasional ad-hoc report runs (on request basis after December 2022).

We ask that to start, over the next few months, if you have new reporting needs, that you develop them in Argos. Please also use this opportunity to review existing reports in Cognos that have not been run for a while, and let us know if your report needs, as documented in July 2022, have changed. We will continue to work with you in converting remaining reports and building new, customized reports (on request basis).

Accessing and Using Argos

Existing Users

To log into Emerson’s Argos environment, simply visit argos.emerson.edu in a web browser. Select the "Use Single Sign-On" option and login using your Emerson credentials.

New Users

Argos is made available to any Banner user as needed. If you are new to Argos, please review our Getting Started with Argos Reporting guide with information on how to request access to Argos. Two important steps are required in order to gain access:

  1. You will need to request access from the data owner. Please see the security article for more information.
  2. Once access is granted, the user is able to access Argos by visiting argos.emerson.edu.
Migrating Reports from Cognos to Argos

Argos contains data for reporting from many Subject Areas at the college, including the following:

    • Academic Affairs including Academic Programs, Registrar and Administration
    • Admissions
    • Advancement
    • Campus Life
    • Enrollment Management
    • Financial Aid
    • Housing
    • Institutional Research
    • Library
    • Residential Education
    • Student Accounts

The Emerson College IT Business Intelligence team has been migrating reports for end users as part of this implementation. We have identified Argos reports which are similar and consolidated them in order to reduce redundancy in data blocks. In addition, other clean up issues include removing duplicate rows in output, verifying accuracy of data and adherence to standards developed by the data standards committee. If you cannot find what you need and for specific report requirements that are not available in an existing report, submit a request to the IT Helpdesk and specify the fields and filters needed in your new report.

Training
Training Requirements

Banner student data is used in the training exercises. Participants will need to have access to Argos and be able to see the data. If you are new to get started, see the “Accessing and Using Argos” section with information on how to request access.

Training Sessions

General training sessions via Zoom will be provided by Evisions over the course of November and December during the following times.

Additional general training sessions to be added as needed.

More specific training based on functional user needs can be arranged. Please submit a ticket via Helpdesk to arrange a specialized training session.

Video Tutorials and Recordings

Recordings from past training sessions by individual departments can be requested via the Helpdesk. Past training sessions:

  • September 12, 2022 - Speech@Emerson

Browse the technical training offerings from Evisions:

For additional questions, special requirements, or to schedule a meeting, please contact us at helpdesk@emerson.edu.

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