Campus Mainframe for BASIS Retired
The mainframe that powered BASIS (Business and Administrative Strategic Information System) for more than 25 years was powered off Monday. This is the second phase of decommissioning BASIS, which was replaced by Workday in July 2020. The hardware will be removed from the data center during the spring semester and a formal ceremony celebrating the BASIS team will be held at that time.
Development of BASIS began in 1991 to address human resource needs. Modules for leave reporting and general journal were completed in 1994. Following this release, the second iteration of BASIS began to address the financial needs of the university. The first budget cycle in BASIS was completed in 1997 and BASIS payroll was implemented in 1999.
From its inception, BASIS used four-digit year codes and was immune from the Y2K 'feature' that impacted so many systems around the globe when the year rolled over from 1999 to 2000. In September 2016, the university celebrated the 25th birthday of BASIS.
"BASIS was a remarkable system that was able to serve the University of Arkansas for nearly 30 years," Steve Krogull, chief information officer, said. "For a system to be able to evolve with an institution is a testament to the devotion of the BASIS team who deserve a heartfelt thank you."
Historical BASIS data not available in Workday was successfully migrated to the data warehouse in November. Decommissioning the mainframe will save the university approximately $1 million per year in service and licensing fees while ensuring the integrity of institutional data.
Additional information about the BASIS team celebration will be announced in spring.
The U of A will bring home a national award again this year from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, and eight U of A staff members will showcase their expertise in presentations.
The Movement student showcase will be performed in the Nadine Baum Studios, 505 W. Spring St., Fayetteville, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3, with shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day. Get tickets now.
Mostafa Mahmoudi, a doctoral student in chemistry, placed first; Christina Barnes, a doctoral student psychology, placed second; and Kindler Norman, a doctoral student in physics, won the People Choice Award.
Lindsey Aloia, associate dean for international education and associate professor of communication, has been awarded the 2023 Gerald R. Miller Book Award from The National Communication Association.
Applications for spring 2024 scholarships may be submitted via the application link on the Staff Senate Scholarships website. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. this Friday.