Between now and December 2014, the University of Minnesota is upgrading its PeopleSoft enterprise systems and examining related business processes to improve user experience and operational efficiency and effectiveness. Included in this upgrade are the enterprise-level financial, human resources, and student service systems. This project is essential to maintain vendor support and regulatory compliance for the system, to perform mission-critical activities and day-to-day business functions more effectively, and position the University to leverage new and emerging technologies.
Current efforts are centered on informing stakeholders about the upgrade and assigning appropriate staff to work on the project. University project staff will be working jointly with an implementation partner (final negotiations are underway with Cedar Crestone). This combination enables the University to leverage the extensive PeopleSoft implementation experience of the partner with internal knowledge and expertise.
Project leadership is committed to ongoing communication throughout the process. This will range from targeted communications to specific stakeholder groups to periodic broadcast messages to the entire University community. In addition to new channels of communication currently in development, updates about the project will be included regularly in existing channels such as the Registrar's Advisory Committee, The Record newsletter, and this blog. Feedback and questions about the project are welcomed and may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.