switchover eagerly anticipated
Buchholz said she enjoys change, so she has less trepidation about
Systems Project slated to go live on July 2.
a fiscal operations manager in Facilities
Management, is one of about 350 workers who began using the
new integrated computer system from Oracle for labor distribution
on May 29. The system standardizes computer procedures University-wide
and replaces disparate computing systems with a single network
with all the components talking to each other.
H. Horwitz, ISP communications manager, said the new system will
allow users to access a variety of centrally stored data, so they
will not need redundant file storage.
[here] were eager to use it, Buchholz said. They were
arguing over who should enter the transaction.
Butler, who works for the campus police department, and Nancy
Knight, a personnel payroll manager at the engineering school,
also started using the new system May 29.
said its working fine. Its like anything that
is new, he said. Change takes a while. Once we get
used to it well probably say its great compared to
the old system.
has been very good, very organized, Knight said. When
we went live on May 29, the telephones were quiet, there were
not a lot of calls from people with problems.
only downside she has experienced is growing pains, such
as getting the computer set up and making sure the passwords are
in the right places.
said she is not apprehensive about the July 2 transition, when
the University will implement the finance phase for general ledger,
funds management, purchasing and accounts payable, accounts receivable,
order entry/inventory and cash management. On that day, employees
will stop entering transactions into the current systems and begin
entering them into the new system on July 9.
anxiety when you come up against something new, Horwitz
said, noting that there would be SWAT teams ready
to respond when the system goes live University-wide. About 2,500
people have been trained on the new system, she said.