Upcoming Sign-on, URL Change for Financials and eMaterials

Teams within the Office of the Chief Information Officer and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are collaborating on a project to update the current PeopleSoft Financials System infrastructure (including the eMaterials System), by moving away from outdated physical machines to virtual machines.

 Why change:

  • Existing PeopleSoft Financials System operating system is reaching “end of life” support
  • Improved security gains will result from use of OSU lastname.# for login
  • Better scalability will result from moving from physical hardware to virtual hardware
  • Improved disaster recovery

In Scope:

These are highlights of the some of the techie bits:

  • Upgrading web and application servers
  • Moving from HPUX to VM LINUX Operating System for the database layer
  • Utilizing Data Guard for disaster recovery data synchronization
  • Increasing computing power (CPU/Memory)
  • Implement full size replicated development databases
  • Implement Shibboleth single sign-on

Out of Scope:

The PeopleSoft Financials application itself is unaffected by this project. There will be no functionality changes.


  • Connectivity testing - July 20 to August 31
  • Go or No-go decision - September 9
  • Go Live - September 10 to 13, actual downtime is still being planned

Staying Informed:

  • System users will be informed about changes affecting them via the established and recurring NewsLink communication Website and email. The changes for users will not require additional training, but they are significant as they include:
    • new Financials System/eMaterials URLs, any web bookmarks or favorites will need to be updated
    • using Ohio State Username and password to login

The OCIO Website’s TechOhioState blog will be used when there is information for the university at large.