Quest successfully moved from on-premises to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) environment

Thursday, March 17, 2022

The University of Waterloo’s student information system, Quest, has successfully moved from its on-premises environment to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) environment. 

Oracle's next-generation cloud infrastructure provides a modern, secure, high-performance environment for our Quest system. Leveraging real-time data analytics, the student information system team are now able to quickly scale development and production environments to meet demand. This leading-edge technology ensures the Quest support team is in the best position to respond to feature and functionality requests, enhancing the overall experience of our clients.

This project took a security by design approach, where Security Information Services (ISS) participated throughout the duration of the project, helping to design and review system configurations, conduct regular security assessments, and review and measure risks against the NIST-800-171 security standard. A member of the ISS team commented, “We believe the security of Quest in Oracle is at least as good as it is on-prem, and in some cases surpasses it.”

This milestone is the result of the incredible work completed by our Information Systems & Technology (IST) project team, student information systems team, campus partners, and members of the Oracle team. Reflecting on the work completed, project manager Connie van Oostveen remarked, “People, Process, Technology – it all came together successfully on this project. With the Oracle, SIS, IST expertise and teamwork, the simplification of processes, and the leveraging of cool OCI services combined, benefits were achieved DURING implementation. That doesn’t happen on projects very often.”

Congratulations to all on this achievement!

Additional information about this work is available on the Quest moving to Oracle Cloud project page

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