Saying ‘so long’ to Model 204

Rick Marsico stands by Model 204, the IBM 760-H30 Multiprise 3000 mainframe in YSU's Meshel Hall.

Rick Marsico with Model 204

When Model 204 was implemented at YSU in the mid-1980s, it was a state-of-the-art, fourth-generation database management system that revolutionized the way the university did business, from student accounts and registration to financial aid and human resources.

“It was cutting-edge stuff at the time,” remembers Rick Marsico, a 1979 YSU graduate who became a software specialist with the university the following year. He is now interim Chief Technology Officer and director of Computer Services.

Nearly 30 years later, with the Banner enterprise system fully implemented on campus, Marsico and others are about to pull the plug on Model 204 for good.

“For the university, it is the end of a technology era,” he said.

At 6:01 p.m. Friday, March 2, the old Model 204 system will be officially shut down. The IBM 760-H30 Multiprise 3000 mainframe, disk backup units and establishment controllers in Meshel Hall will be tossed.

As a result, Marsico estimates that the university will save about $200,000 annually in hardware maintenance and software costs.

Model 204 was the university’s sole database system until 2004, when implementation of the Banner enterprise system began to be phased in. While Model 204 depended on the IBM mainframe environment, Banner runs on a much more sophisticated enterprise software platform.

The last step in phasing out Model 204 was archiving remaining historical data in the system, which Marsico said took place over the past two years.

Marsico acknowledged the team responsible for the conversion from Model 204 to Banner, consisting of Dennis Konik, Mary Noble, Lori Hinebaugh, Bob Forchione, Doug Sewell, Jim Hanek, Troy Cross and Dona Madacsi.

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