A biweekly digest of news related to the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program | DECEMBER 18, 2014
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For the holidays, we will take a short break in publishing. The next issue of The Upgrade will be delivered on January 8th, and continue weekly until upgrade activities are complete. 

How to Prepare 

Training & education

As The Upgrade nears, you will receive emails about training relevant to your role. Most training emails will be sent in January. You are encouraged to take training close to when you receive the emails.

All training information is accessible via the Upgrade Education page, some of which is available now. Since most training will be online, you can revisit it and retake it as many times as you want. (Training could not be developed until after the system was built and tested, so courses are still in development, prioritized by need and timing.)

Here are two trainings that many people will need to take:
  • Time and absence training will be available in early January. Employees who submit or approve hours or absences on paper must learn how to do these activities online.
  • People who use student systems (Campus Solutions) should take the Student Systems Upgrade Overview course, available now.
If you want to take additional training, consider your primary job responsibilities and, if needed, talk to your supervisor.

Know your support network

During The Upgrade, additional support will be provided to call centers/help desks. Plus, you can reach out to your Advance Team, “voice on the ground” personnel with advance tools and information who have graciously offered to support their areas during The Upgrade. 

Embrace change

Big systems implementations like these usually face technical issues and natural human resistance. Prepare for changes, be flexible, and exercise patience with your colleagues and the system. (See this TED Talk video on change.)


Asked & Answered

Why will Position Management be important in the upgraded HR system?

As the heart of the HR Management System, Position Management collects data such as position number, job title, salary plan, and supervisor, to facilitate accurate record-keeping and smooth processes for employees. The upgraded system will automate approvals, workflows, and updates, including online time and absence management, recruiting, and other essential functions.

What browsers will work with the upgraded systems?

Before The Upgrade, PeopleSoft users should ensure their browser will work with the upgraded systems. Check for your browser's compatibility on this list.

What's Changing?

Faculty features in the new MyU

Are you wondering what changes faculty will experience in the new MyU?  Take a walkthrough of the new system and explore these page previews:

Student systems training

Training is now available for everyone who uses student systems (Campus Solutions), starting with the Student Systems Upgrade Overview course.

Presentations & Events

IT@UMN “Get Upgrade Ready”

On Wednesday, January 7th, the IT@UMN community will gather in the Great Hall in Coffman Union for a full day of learning and preparation at a special Get Upgrade Ready! event. Participants will hear from experts on new features and capabilities, and learn how to help colleagues and customers during deployment. All University staff who work in or with IT are encouraged to attend. For more information on this event and IT-related Upgrade updates, join the IT@UMN Google group

Student Experience Previews

Student Experience Previews will continue into January. Be sure to attend if you support students. See demonstrations of class registration, student account information and financial aid, and discover how the new MyU and One Stop will work together after The Upgrade this spring. Read more... 

Save the Date: The Upgrade Fair, February 17th

Mark your calendar for The Upgrade Fair on Tuesday, February 17th. This day-long event is open to all PeopleSoft users, to help you prepare for the new systems. We will hold this event on the St. Paul campus. Look for more details in the coming weeks!

Tell us what you think!

Shoot us an email at upgrade@umn.edu. We will respond ASAP.

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