Empowering the Workforce and Improving Communication to the Campus Community: Achieved with ODS and Argos

Missouri State University



Undergraduate Majors


The Challenge

Missouri State University needed to make it easier for its faculty and staff to generate operational and ad-hoc reports. Some of these reports contained sensitive data which made information security a major concern. They also wanted to have a comprehensive set of tools that could generate dashboards and other summary reports which would quickly provide information to individuals at all levels.

“The users and technical team are happy with Argos and the things they can do with it.”

The Solution

The Banner Operational Data Store (ODS) and the Argos software by Evisions provides the answer to Missouri State’s reporting requirements.

The purpose of the ODS is to provide a dataset that is easier and more efficient to query than the production tables. Using the ODS for reporting prevents production response-time issues that can be caused by long-running queries. The ODS provides enterprise-wide data for operational and ad hoc reporting with a consistent view of institutional data. In addition, the ODS allows more people to be designers and facilitates the use of Online Analytical Processing (OLAP). For these reasons, Missouri State uses the ODS as their primary query and reporting source.

To maximize the return on their investment in the Operational Data Store, Missouri State partnered with Evisions and purchased the Argos Enterprise Reporting Solution. Argos has been very well received by the Missouri State University community. Missouri State purchased the Evisions’ Argos software in April 2008 and in less than a year Argos was rolled out campus wide.

Since roll-out, Missouri State has developed over 300 production reports and have trained:

  • 70+ DataBlock Designers
  • 156+ Report Writers
  • 1,000+ Faculty/Staff Viewers

With unlimited Argos user licenses, Missouri State has been able to distribute and take full advantage of the ODS. Missouri State likes the English names for the fields in ODS and Argos’ ability to add additional aliases. Calculations and flags such as GPA and Registered (Y/N) are easier to find with Argos. Basic users find the Argos visual designer to be helpful in generating simple queries. More experienced users are able to add more sophisticated SQL to generate more complicated queries and reports. Because Argos is web based, campus-wide roll-out was relatively straightforward.

Missouri State uses Argos in a variety of departments and for a variety of uses including:

  • Unofficial transcripts to faculty advisors
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reporting
  • YTD financial summary reports
  • Reports in Finance, HR, Student Information and IR
  • Financial Aid – Automated reporting such as spring packaging reports and student loan reporting
  • Argos OLAP to present census data instead of static PDF files

Missouri State makes use of public and private folders for development and production purposes. They also take advantage of Argos’ security capability to fine tune access to sensitive information. Missouri State developed their own training classes and also uses Evisions’ live and recorded Argos trainings. The users and technical team are happy with Argos and the things they can do with it.

“Since roll-out, Missouri State has developed over 300 production reports…”

Kudos From the Client

“We needed to improve our ability to produce ad hoc reports including dashboards for decision-makers. We wanted to empower our staff to easily generate any report that they needed to service our university and students.”

Theresa McCoy

Coordinator of Management Information Systems, Missouri State University

“Argos has made it easier to provide information to the campus community.”

Katherine Coy

Director of Institutional Research, Missouri State University

  • Missouri State University Case Study
      Empowering the Workforce and...
  • City College of San Francisco
    City College of San Francisco Case Study
    College Gets Greener with...
  • Stephen F Austin State University
    Stephen F. Austin State University Case Study
    Taking the Banner Transcript...
  • Ana G. Mendez University System
    Streamlined, Cost-Effective Reporting with...
  • SUNY Adirondack
    SUNY Adirondack Case Study
    Using Argos to Help...
  • Rockhurst University Case Study
    University Achieves Cost Effective...
  • University of Wyoming
    University of Wyoming Case Study
    Document Solution Saves University...
  • Hilbert College
    Hilbert College Case Study
    True Decision Support with...
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock Case Study
    University Achieves Institutional Performance...
  • Point Loma Nazarene University Case Study
    Argos Makes Reporting from...
  • Southern Illinois University
    Switching to FormFusion for 1098-T Processing...
  • University of Leeds
    University Of Leeds Case Study
    Expands their Reporting Capabilities...
  • Liberty University
    Harnessing the Power of Scheduled Reports to...
  • West Virginia Network
    West Virginia Network Case Study
    Encouraging Collaboration with Streamlined...
  • Northwest Nazarene University
    Northwest Nazarene University Case Study
    Making Smarter Decisions with...
  • University of Idaho
    Argos Proves to be Good Fit...
  • North Orange County Community College District Case Study
    How One College District...
  • Aims Community College
    Aims Community College Case Study
    Time Saved with Streamlining...
  • Jacksonville University
    Jacksonville University Case Study
    Accessible and Affordable Reporting...
  • Butler Community College
    Butler Community College Case Study
    Reinventing Reporting Processes with Argos &...
  • Cuyahoga Community College Case Study
    Achieving Cuyahoga Community College's...
  • Lehigh University
    Lehigh University Case Study
    Immediate Access to Current...
  • Lansing Community College Case Study
    Ensuring Consistent, Accurate, and...
  • Australian Catholic University
    Australian Catholic University Case Study
    Time Saved and Real-Time...
  • Nicolet College
    College Uses Argos to Expand and...
  • West Valley - Mission Community College District
    Community College District Helps Develop New...

Contact Us

Call 888.533.5993 | Email sales@evisions.com

Share This