Enabling Future Growth
In addition to having quality and experienced teachers, schools need an up-to-date IT and ERP infrastructure to manage and support the success of their staff and students to be successful.
For a Maryland school system, upgrading its Lawson and Oracle ERP system for the first time in nearly three years was critical for continuing to manage and support its growing number of facilities, students, and staff. Surety Systems was called on to help prepare the organization’s infrastructure for this critical Lawson application and Oracle database upgrade.
A large school system required an Oracle database upgrade to be efficient and prepare the school system for future growth and technology deployments.
In addition to upgrading the database, Surety’s consultant designed and deployed an Oracle listener, installed Oracle Enterprise Manager, and successfully integrated Lawson.
Surety’s consultant audited, assessed, and implemented system fixes and upgrades that would help prepare the school system for an Oracle 11g upgrade and future infrastructure expansion.
“The consultant continues to assist the school system with ongoing platform training, delivering useful tips, strategic system recommendations, and tools to optimize and become more efficient on the Lawson platform.”
The school system consisted of 53 schools with nearly 40,000 students and more than 5,000 teachers, administrators, and support staff. Despite using the Lawson platform and Oracle applications for several years, the systems had become disparate and didn’t seamlessly share information. The HP-based infrastructure needed a significant upgrade to be efficient and to prepare the school system for future growth and technology deployments.
Surety provided a consultant with 16 years of experience in Lawson System Administration to audit and assess the school system’s current capabilities and functionality, including all non-Lawson applications that needed to be integrated into the Oracle databases. The consultant’s experience included extensive work with Lawson security applications and Oracle 11g databases.
When first looking at the school’s systems, it was determined that their HP hardware needed significant tuning and current parameters needed to be created before any upgrades could begin. It was also necessary to design, develop, and deploy an Oracle listener to allow diverse system protocols within the infrastructure to speak to the Oracle databases.
As part of the project, the Surety consultant configured and installed the latest Oracle Enterprise Manager and created more than 15 large Lawson data files to integrate with the organization’s Oracle databases. Additional tasks included applying patches, database tuning, replicating database options, and capacity planning.
The consultant also uncovered several security issues within the system. For example, the organization’s Oracle application files were housed on the same server and disks as their business-critical data files. Should that server or disks crash, it could paralyze the entire county’s school system.
Within two weeks of the project start, the Surety consultant had audited, assessed, and implemented system fixes and upgrades that would help prepare the school system for an Oracle 11g upgrade and future infrastructure expansion. In addition, the consultant continues to assist the school system with ongoing platform training, delivering useful tips, strategic system recommendations, and tools to optimize and become more efficient on the Lawson platform.
The work that the Surety consultant performed will position the school system well for future growth. The project was completed in record time, well ahead of the original project plan.
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