Integrated Systems Project Update - November 9, 1999

CONTENTS

  1. Kick-off Planned for December 1
  2. Sandbox Play Area for Learning Software
  3. ISP Benefits From Others’ Experience
  4. Communications Network To Assure Every End-User In Touch


1. Kick-off Planned for December 1

With Board of Visitors and Commonwealth of Virginia approvals under our belts, the ISP is preparing for a December 1 kick-off for the official transition from planning the project to planning the solutions - using Oracle software applications as the tools. Some team members, who will join the project at the kick-off, have already begun their initial training on the first group of financial applications. The server and software for those applications just arrived on site and will be loaded and ready to use when the teams come on board.

2. Sandbox Play Area for Learning Software

The ISP Technical Team is setting up several "sandboxes," or copies of the Oracle database so that ISP staff can begin to familiarize themselves with the financial applications. "People can use these copies to see how the software works and how the applications relate to each other," says Virginia Evans, ISP technical lead. "Data is loaded into each copy specifically for the purpose of playing with it to gain a comfort level with the software." There is a sandbox for each of the five financial applications - General Ledger, Oracle Grants Management, Labor Distribution, Accounts Receivable, and Cash Management – as well as for Training Administration.

3. ISP Benefits From Others’ Experience

Several members of the ISP staff, accompanied by Don Reynard of ITC, attended the North Atlantic Higher Education/Government Oracle Applications Users Group Conference in Pittsburgh on October 25th. Representatives were present from 15 universities implementing Oracle software applications. It was extremely valuable to hear from schools further along in the process than U.Va. as they freely told of their experiences, what worked and what didn’t, and what they might have done differently. Topics ranged from security and training to process mapping and project management.

4. Communications Network To Assure Every End-User In Touch

A communications structure is being put in place that will assure that every person at the University who has a stake in the ISP will know what is going on and receive training in a timely fashion and will be able to have their concerns heard. Every unit will be represented on the ISP Advisory Board, and channels will be constructed via those representatives for two-way communication between the project and all end-users. Plus, never hesitate to contact us through our website or e-mail address, shown below.

The Integrated Systems Project welcomes your comments, questions and suggestions. You may reach us through our website at http://www.Virginia.EDU/~iscat/ or by e-mail at isp-mail@virginia.edu.