A biweekly digest of news related to the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program | April 10, 2014
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Sneak Peek: Finance Approvals Process

The Finance work stream recently released a sneak peek on approvals. The video explains how the University's financial transaction approvals process will change as a result of ESUP. If you haven't yet seen this sneak peek, check it out! (And remember, all the videos and sneak peeks are on the Program's website.)

For more information about the financial system (EFS) upgrade, visit http://z.umn.edu/finance. If you have questions about coming changes as a result of ESUP, please email esup@umn.edu. We’ll track down the answer and get back to you!

What's Changing?...or Not Changing?

ESUP Question...Is UM Reports going away?

With a project as large as the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP) there are bound to be questions and rumors about what’s changing and what’s really happening. Thank you to Stephanie Betterman, from the Department of Horticultural Science, who emailed the Program with a question around the topic of reporting. Stephanie wrote, “There are rumors in my department that with the implementation of the new portal, the University will be taking UM Reports away. Is there any truth to this?” Read more...

ESUP Removes OIM from Program Scope

ESUP planned to implement Oracle’s Identity Manager (OIM) as a replacement to the University’s existing legacy identity management system, x.500. The phased migration was set to begin this spring, ahead of ESUP’s launch next year.

However, implementing OIM has proven to be more complex than anticipated and cannot be completed within ESUP’s timeline, according to Identity Management (IdM) Project Director Gordon Korbel. Program leadership agreed with the recommendation to decouple OIM from ESUP, and the program will instead go live in the spring of 2015 using the x.500 system. Read more...


What is "Academic Advisement"?

Since ESUP announced the new Academic Advisement module in June 2013, that team has been hard at work reviewing and developing processes to support this new-to-the-University functionality for graduate programs. We asked them a few questions to learn what it’s all about and what it means for students, staff, and faculty.  

The Academic Advisement (AA) module in PeopleSoft is completely new to the University and the name seems a little confusing because it's not about advising students...can you explain a bit about what AA is?
Academic Advisement is just the name Oracle gave a set of functionality in PeopleSoft. It can do a lot of things, but right now the University is focused on using it to track the progress of graduate students completing their degree requirements. 

Right now, that work is done mostly on paper, so this will be a big and positive change for graduate programs and students in them. Read more...

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

Questions for a work stream? 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? Shoot us an email at esup@umn.edu.

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