The Graduate College began rebuilding the application nearly a year and half ago with help from the University Technology Office. 

“The iPOS project truly incorporated multiple skill sets across ASU. From requirements and testing efforts provided by both students and administrative stakeholders, to development using the University Technology Office and Graduate College technical experts, the iPOS project was a truly collaborative effort resulting in a high quality and innovative product,” said Robert Yosowitz, director of information technology services at UTO.

It was this level of collaboration, user-testing and taking advantage of the latest technology that grabbed the attention of Oracle. The iPOS is one of the first applications at ASU to utilize a solution called PeopleSoft Fluid, which ensures the app works on mobile devices and tablets just as well as desktops.

“One of the major strengths of PeopleSoft is its ability for custom development,” Yosowitz said. "The Graduate College knew it could design an innovative solution using the PeopleSoft platform to quickly deliver a new product that would be modern, user-friendly, and completely meet its current and future requirements.” 

Because iPOS is unique and successful at satisfying varied users' needs, the Graduate College tech team has already been invited to present at several conferences on education and technology.

“Some universities have created applications to assist with degree progress tracking, but from the research we have conducted, ASU’s iPOS far exceeds what currently exists elsewhere. We plan to take every opportunity we can to show off the iPOS and assist others to follow in our footsteps to increase student success,” Mattson said.

The recognition as a PeopleSoft Innovator is not the end of the project, the iPOS will continue to evolve with the changing needs of the graduate community.

“The Graduate College is always listening for new enhancement ideas, or ways we can streamline the iPOS experience,” Mattson said. “We anticipate that we will continue to add new features to the iPOS year after year to better serve our populations.”

The redesigned iPOS will launch after the close of the fall semester during December 2018.