After an exhaustive review of all potential alternatives, the consensus decision was to move forward with a PeopleSoft functional upgrade. The decision process involved:
We intend to review processes to ensure that we are taking maximum advantage of current PeopleSoft capabilities. Our current system is basically using the functionality available 10 years ago when the original implementation occurred. The goal of process reviews is to minimize customizations which drive up the cost of the upgrade and ongoing support.
Oracle requires us to physically split the Human Capital database from the Campus Solutions database. Currently, this data is in one physical database. In addition to the split, we will be upgrading both Human Capital and Financial systems. In addition, we will implement three new modules in the Human Capital system: ePerformance, Talent Acquisition Management, and Candidate Gateway. We will be implementing one new module in the Financial system: eSettlements. Finally, as part of the upgrade project, our portals will be redesigned for “look and feel” to improve the user experience.
Through an RFP process, we have selected Ciber Inc. to provide the skills needed to upgrade our PeopleSoft systems. Also, they are providing professional project management for the project. Internally, we will have our own project coordinator working closely with the Ciber Project Manager. ITSS EIS staff will be assigned to the project and will perform technical aspects of the upgrade.
A functional upgrade. That means we will review business processes to take advantage, to the greatest extent possible, of functionality in PeopleSoft version 9.2. This type of upgrade has not been done since the implementation of PeopleSoft 10 years ago. It will involve users deeply in the upgrade. All previous upgrades have been “technical” in nature – basically upgrading the engine but minimizing any impact on existing business processes. Specifically, a functional upgrade means we will be doing: