A biweekly digest of news related to the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program | December 5, 2013
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Train of Thought: What’s Happening with ESUP Training?

You can learn a lot of things at the University. Intermediate French. C++ Programming. Advanced Livestock Judging. Tae Kwon Do. If you want to learn more about how to use the new Enterprise Systems, ESUP training will have you covered; if you want to learn any of those other things, well, you'll have to go to a different department.

Respondents to the recent ESUP survey said training for the new system was important to them. It’s important to us, too, which is why the HRMS work stream posted a sneak peak video last week highlighting its training framework for the new system. The video shares the broad HRMS strategy to provide training to end users related to new functionality and changes.

Earlier this year, ESUP Project Director for Training Carolie Carlson answered several questions about the plans for ESUP. According to Carlson, the training team has been actively involved, including staff attendance at most of the Interactive Design and Prototyping (IDP) sessions to get an early start on understanding what’s changing and who will need instruction. 

Consistent with the survey results about training preferences, ESUP is creating plans blending delivery methods like face-to-face and online instruction. Starting in the summer of 2014, the ESUP training team will give you the information you need, in a format that’s convenient for you to do your job.

What's Changing?

Q&A with IdM Project Director Arash Forouhari

Last week the Identity Management (IdM) team agreed to move up their Oracle Identity Manager (OIM) deployment date to Spring, 2014. We sat down with IdM Project Director Arash Forouhari, to get a better idea of what this change in delivery date means for the University.

ESUP: It seems like there are a lot of terms surrounding identity management that may be used interchangeably, but really are different. Can you give quick definitions for Internet ID, OIM, and X.500?

Arash Forouhari (AF): Sure. Internet ID is a unique ID created by an identity management system and assigned to each user provisioned in the system. An Internet ID is used to access applications, systems and resources. X.500 ID and Internet ID refer to the same thing but Internet ID is the University’s preferred term. Read more...

Student Work Stream Finishes IDPs

University business analysts, subject matter experts, and members of functional steering committees from the Student work stream recently concluded nine months in IDP -- evaluating what PeopleSoft has delivered and what our business requirements are and making decisions on what the system would look like after upgrading.  

This work translates to:
  • 694 IDP sessions equaling roughly 16,621.5 hours
  • 93 change requests
  • The replacement of more than 26 homegrown self-service applications 
  • The replacement of 100 UM Reports 
  • Discussion of all business processes
  • A 55% demodification rate


HRMS work stream focuses on stakeholder engagement

As the end of Phase 2: Analyze & Design draws near, the HRMS work stream has ramped up its outreach to the broader user community and to the University. A new Sneak Peeks video page has been added to the HRMS website to provide previews of system changes and early-education opportunities for system users. Read more...

Video: Portal and Design Thinking Workshops

Because of the nature of their different types of work, it's unusual for business units and academic units to collaborate on a project at the U.

The ESUP Portal Project and Design Thinking @ College of Design saw an opportunity to bring academic expertise to a business project: the design of the new U of M portal. Read more...

Tell us what you think! Or invite us for a visit.

Questions? Something on your mind? Wondering how the upgrade will affect you? Suggestions for a Q&A? Want us to come visit your office, department or center and chat with you about ESUP? Email us at esup@umn.edu.

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