Report for March 2017

Report Date
March 2017
Report by Muriel Mewissen on behalf of David Perry and Anthony Davie (MVMRes Programme Managers)                             
for Brian Walker and Paul McGuire (MVMRes Portfolio Owner)
and Paul Clark (MVM Portfolio Manager) and Catherine Elliot (MVM Portfolio Owner)

 

Section One: Programme Commentary, RAG and Resources Update

Commentary:

During March, good progress was made across most ongoing projects.

The overhaul status is AMBER due tocontinuing issues with MVM302 Compute and High Performance Compute Strategy  being AMBER because of time delays.

Please note that the project RAG status is following the revised guidelines: A one-page summary of the IS RAG status indicators is available on this page.

Forward Look - March 2017

 

Section Two: Projects Not Started

Another five project are scheduled to start this year, while two projects are postponed until next academic year.

Project Info Programme Manager's Commentary

MVM303 Data Management Plans

To start next session (Aug 2017)

MVM305 Flexible Server Hosting

To start in Apr 2017
MVM306 Network Infrastructure Strategy

To start in Apr 2017

MVM308 Research Computing Induction

To start in Apr 2017

MVM309 Scientific Administration Process Enhancements

To start next session (Jan 2018)

MVM311 Storage Strategy

To start in Mar 2017

MVM313 Research Teaching Strategy

To start in Mar 2017

 

Section Three: Projects in Progress

Project Info Project Managers Commentary

MVM301:

College Software as a Service (SaaS) Strategy

Category: Discretionary

 

Milestones
Target Date Title
06-Apr-17 Closure

 

RAG Status

GREEN

Report by David Perry for March 2017

Achievements in the last Period
  • Project entering final phase where exemplars are in operations mode with low rate of change and the services are providing their functions to the related Research activity.

  • Voicebank project has had several code updates but the underlying system working well.
  • RStudio Server Pro is stable and responsive
Next Steps
  • Final project write up to follow

MVM302:

Compute and High Performance Compute Strategy

 

 

Category: Discretionary

Milestones

Target Date Title
05-May-17 Closure

 

RAG Status

AMBER

Report by Anthony Davie for March 2017

Achievements
  • No new project achievements since last report.
  • There have been various updates to partnership pieces of work with David Fergusson and the ITI Research Services team, aligned to this wider project.
  • These are being managed and reported on via the monthly research services meetings, and an action tracker in relation to the regular Service Review meetings with IGMM and Roslin (and therefore this wider CMVM strategy).
Ongoing concerns
  • Delays incurred in progressing project, due to resourcing pressure on current project manager.
Next steps

All steps carried forward from end of February '17 report:

  • To progress with re-initiating project

  • To review the re-architecture work planned with ITI research services to ensure we are fit for the future..

  • Review and revise planning submission before progressing with outstanding carried forward actions (see below).

  • Carried forward from Nov ’16:

    • Arrange follow up meeting with Research Computing Programme business owner and IT Programme Manager to review revised planning submission, make a decision as to whether to approve and proceed, and if proceeding to score and prioritise the project proposal.
    • Subject to project approval, scoring and prioritisation, to move to assigning a project manager and scoping project resourcing, including budgeting and timescales and determining if a project board is required.
    • Assuming this project is approved and the previous step is completed, move to creating a project brief for stakeholder consideration, sign-off and project initiation.

 

MVM304:

Electronic Lab Notebook

Category: Discretionary

 

Milestones
Target Date Title
04-Mar-17 Closure

 

RAG Status

GREEN

Report by David Perry for March 2017

Achievements in the last Period
  • The Project Team now have access to the RSPACE server / service
  • Semir Kazazic has been learning how the software operates
  • Early adopter / Exemplar project has been identified

 

MVM310:

Information Governance Standards

Category: Discretionary

 

Milestones
Target Date Title
02-Dec-17 Closure

 

RAG Status

GREEN

Report by David Perry for  March 2017

Achievements in the last Period

The project is now complete, final report is being written up.

Next Steps
  • Final report

 

MVM312:

Walled Garden Pathfinder

Category: Discretionary

 

Milestones
Target Date Title
14-Oct-16 Closure

 

RAG Status

GREEN

Report by David Perry for March 2017

Achievements in the last Period
  • This project is nearing completion.
  • Group Policy configuration to enforce strong passwords (but not periodic enforced password resets) and automatic console locking.
Issues
  • Small issues being address surrounding security configuration and governance.

 

Next Steps
  • Next step will be to configure devices being able to write into the Walled Garden (lab equipment and laserfiche paper document management system)

MVM314:

SEBI - Data Collection and Modelling

 

 

Category: Discretionary

Milestones

(NB milestones to be re-defined as monthly checkpoints in agreement with project team and sponsor)

Target Date Title
27-Jan-2017 Data Analytics Authentication
14-Apr-2017 Deliver Data Transformation workflows
28-Apr-2017 Agree long term support arrangements
30-Jun-2017 Closure

 

RAG Status

GREEN

Report by Colin Watt for March 2017

Achievements in Last Period

  • Project team met with Brendan Power from CSIRO based in Sydney, one of the SEBI partners, to discuss their experience working with data and anticipated work with Tableau.
  • Data Analyst in continuing discussion with partners on adding sample datasets for BMGF grantee info to SQLServer.
  • Resolution of firewall issues preventing end-to-end testing of SQLServer to Tableau.

Issues

  • No major issues at present.
  • The priorities of some the work continue to fluctuate based on discussions between the project team and BMGF; proposal is to re-calibrate the Milestones as monthly checkpoints and short term tasks be re-planned using a Kanban. 

Next Steps

  • Carry out test loading of sample spreadsheets to SQL Server (awaiting files from BMGF).
  • Complete OpenID testing.
  • Establish SEBI web presence.
  • Review risks with Project Team.
  • Review budget and resourcing.

 

Section Four: Closed or Withdrawn Projects

 

Project Info Project Manager's Commentary
MVM307 REF readiness

Project is withdrawn as REF readiness process for 2017 completed before the project could be scoped and briefed. This may be re-submitted for next REF.

Programme Info

Documentation

Not available.