Overview

Background

Research Information Management changes frequently, with changes to Research Excellence Framework, Open Access requirements and increasing demand from Research Funders and our own researchers.  

Pure and the service that it offers needs to be kept up to date, especially in the run up to REF2021. To keep in line with the run up to REF2021, we need to ensure that we take the major version releases of Pure each year.

In addition to this, Pure will only support redundant features for one year following their deprecation. It is vital that the University’s installation of Pure is kept up to date to avoid major step changes.

Throughout other Pure upgrades, we are now in a position whereby we are at the latest version of PURE.

Pure is a supported service with both IS Applications Production Management Support and the support of the Research Information Systems team.

This project (RIS007) has been initiated to continue the upgrade of Pure from versions 5.13 through to 5.15.

Scope

The scope of this project has been defined as the following:

  • To upgrade Tomcat (v8.5) and Java (v9) to the latest versions for Pure v5.13 within all environments
  • Upgrade three versions of the University’s installation of Pure from v5.13 through to v5.15 (5.14 later de-scoped 31/7/19)
  • Resolve bug fixes identified during RIS003 and RES069 (Relating to the application version)
  • Resolution of carried forward actions from RIS003
  • Testing of the Pure processes adopted by the University
  • Testing of the Interfaces presenting data to Pure from Finance, HR, IDM and Student Systems
  • Testing of the outgoing interfaces to the downstream Web Services and Pure widget
  • Testing that the data within the new UPM works as expected
  • Decommissioning of redundant data and code from previous data model
  • Decommissioning of Web Services that have become redundant
  • The provision of a new Elsevier cloud (Pure) portal necessitating portal interface tailoring to UoE standards, i.e. Look & Feel with appropriate branding.

 

Out of Scope

  • Database work required for GDPR compliance; specifically the resetting of the 'Gender' field entries to 'Unknown'. This work will be carried out either as part of Core Systems project (HR and eFinance replacement) or a future post-REF future project in late 2021.

Objectives

 No.

 Description

 Priority       

Owner

 O1

 To upgrade all Pure environments to v5.13

 MUST

 

          D1.1 Upgrade Tomcat (v8.5) and JAVA (v9)to the latest version    

          D1.2

 Upgrade Development environment to Pure v5.13 and complete satisfactory testing

 

 IS Apps / RIS

          D1.3

 Upgrade Test environment to Pure v5.13 and complete satisfactory User Acceptance Testing

 

 IS Apps / RIS / UWP

          D1.4

 Complete performance / load testing to ensure no impact on current application performance         

 

 IS Apps / RIS

          D1.5

 Integration feeds are working as expected

 

 RIS

          D1.6

 Upgrade Live environment to Pure 5.13 and complete business testing

 

 IS Apps / RIS

 

 

 

 

O2

 To upgrade all Pure environment to v5.14 (later de-scoped 31/7/19)

MUST

 

          D2.1

 Upgrade Development environment to Pure v5.14 and complete satisfactory testing

 

 IS Apps / RIS

          D2.2

 Upgrade Test environment to Pure v5.14 and complete satisfactory User Acceptance Testing

 

 IS Apps / RIS / UWP

          D2.3

 Complete performance / load testing to ensure no impact on current application performance

 

 IS Apps / RIS

          D2.4

 Integration feeds are working as expected

 

 RIS

          D2.5

 Upgrade Live environment to Pure 5.14 and complete business testing

 

 IS Apps / RIS

          D2.6  Decommission redundant data and code from previous data model    IS Apps / RIS
          D2.6  Decommission redundant web services   IS Appps / RIS / LTW
          D2.7  Communication with User groups for Web Services migration   RIS

 

 

 

 

O3

 To upgrade all Pure environments to v5.15

MUST

 

          D3.1

 Upgrade Development environment to Pure v5.15 and complete satisfactory testing

 

 IS Apps / RIS

          D3.2

 Upgrade Test environment to Pure v5.15 and complete satisfactory User Acceptance Testing

 

 IS Apps / RIS / UWP

          D3.3

 Complete performance / load testing to ensure no impact on current application performance

 

 IS Apps / RIS

          D3.4

 Integration feeds are working as expected

 

 RIS

          D3.5

 Upgrade Live environment to Pure v5.15 and complete business testing

 

 IS Apps / RIS

 

Benefits

  • All system upgrades will keep UoE on track for the REF2021 submission
  • Additional functionality within each release will provide benefits to the business in addition to resolving bug fixes.
  • Pure support communication of the University’s current research to a global audience, underpins open access compliance and our REF return and contributes to continued research income
  • Continued support of the Pure application by Elsevier

Success Criteria

  • Tomcat and JAVA will be upgraded with no impact to the application
  • Upgrades are undertaken with minimal impact to the production service
  • No impact to the current performance of the application following upgrade
  • Web services will continue to work as expected once the redundant services are decommissioned 

Project Milestones

 

Milestone Due Date
End of Planning 31-Jan-2019
Upgrade to Pure 5.13.4 DEV Complete 28-May-2019
Upgrade to Pure 5.13.4 TEST Complete 09-Jul-2019
Upgrade to Pure 5.13.4 DSOR 08-Aug-2019
Upgrade to Pure 5.13.4 LIVE Complete 08-Aug-2019
Upgrade to Pure 5.14 DEV Complete (later de-scoped 31/7/19) 21-Aug-2019
Upgrade to Pure 5.14 TEST Complete (later de-scoped 31/7/19) 10-Sep-2019
Upgrade to 5.14 DSOR Complete (LIVE) (later de-scoped 31/7/19) 07-Oct-2019
Upgrade to 5.14 LIVE Complete (later de-scoped 31/7/19) 07-Oct-2019
Upgrade to 5.15 DEV Complete 23-Oct-2019
Upgrade to 5.15 TEST Complete 13-Nov-2019
Upgrade to 5.15 DSOR Complete (LIVE) 10-Dec-2019
Upgrade to 5.15 LIVE Complete 10-Dec-2019
Closure 17-Dec-2019

 

 

Project Info

Project
PURE Upgrades v5.13 to v5.15
Code
RIS007
Programme
Research Information Systems (RIS)
Management Office
ISG PMO
Project Manager
Karen Stirling
Project Sponsor
Dominic Tate
Current Stage
Close
Status
Closed
Project Classification
Run
Start Date
02-Nov-2018
Planning Date
31-Jan-2019
Delivery Date
19-Nov-2019
Close Date
10-Dec-2019
Programme Priority
4
Overall Priority
Higher
Category
Compliance