A biweekly digest of news related to the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program | July 10, 2014
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VP Levine assumes executive leadership of ESUP as Dean Elde retires

On July 1, Dr. Allen Levine, Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, became chair of ESUP's Executive Oversight Committee (EOC). Levine takes over for Dean Robert Elde of the College of Biological Sciences, who retired from the University after 37 years of service. 

President Kaler recognized the importance of this transition.  "I'd like to thank Dean Elde for his years of service to the University and his leadership on this challenging initiative,” said President Kaler, “I am pleased Vice Provost Levine has agreed to step up, provide continuity, and lead this important effort to improve our operations." Read more...


ESUP Student team meets in-person to collaborate, share progress

More than 120 people involved with the Student systems upgrade met in-person June 16-17 to work together face-to-face. The group met on the Twin Cities campus and included representatives from all campuses and all areas of the Student project: academic advisement, admissions, campus community, financial aid, SEVIS, student finance, and student records. 

The two-day meeting kicked off with a visit from President Kaler who discussed his vision of operational excellence as it relates to ESUP. Following his presentation, attendees learned more about work stream intersections from ESUP leaders before seeing some of the student experience in the upgraded system and having time to work as module teams. Read more...

OIT shifting resources to ESUP

ESUP received some welcomed news from their partners in the Office of Information Technology (OIT). Additional resources are on their way to help the program. 

ESUP OIT team member Jim Nolan says the shift is necessary. “We have more complexity at this stage of our plan with the creation of many new environments...as things wind down on the production side and ramp up on the ESUP side, there will be a natural progression of staff to ESUP to perform this work and gradually transition to support the new systems.” Read more...

ESUP Reporting information sessions and program status update

On June 18, ESUP staff presented the latest information on the Program’s status as a whole and its efforts around University reporting and data management to approximately 100 colleagues.

Dennis Wenzel, executive program director, gave an overall Program update recognizing the progress and effort made so far, the hard work and high level of collaboration on the project from across the University and acknowledging the road ahead won’t be easy. Read more...

ESUP at the Board of Regents

“We went into this [the upgrade] with our eyes wide open,” Vice President and Chief Information Officer Scott Studham explained at the June 12 meeting of the Board of Regents Finance committee. 

VP Studham and ESUP Executive Program Director Dennis Wenzel presented an annual ESUP update at the committee’s June meeting, comparing the Program to a hockey game. During the first period, teams were actively engaged in discussions identifying processes they no longer needed. The second period--where the Program currently sits--is the building stage, where programmers are busy developing and ESUP delivers the system. The third period is reserved for post go-live, when the Program will deal with changes and issues. Read more...

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