Project ORION Resources
Project ORION draws on many university resources, including the faculty andstaff who have committed time and energy to the implementation process. The university has drawn on the extensive experience of the software vendors,PeopleSoft, and the implementation consultant, Cambridge Technology Partners. The experience of other universities that are implementing PeopleSoft programs has been a valuable resource for guidance in the implementation of the modules to be installed on our campus.
PeopleSoft began as a payroll-management software producer more than ten years ago. Sincethen, the company has expanded into other human resources, manufacturing, and financialsystems fields, as well as higher education. It has specialized in "enterprise-wide solutions" that address the administrative software needs of institutions at all levels of functionality.
The PeopleSoft student administration and human resources systems that are integrated in the new (Version 7.0, December 1997) software release include these modules that will be implemented at the university:
The PeopleSoft "enterprise-wide" software package also includes modules for alumni anddevelopment, and grants administration, and physical resources/facilities management.
Version 7.0 also includes many functions that can be addressed through the World Wide Web.
An interactive tutorial that demonstrates the PeopleSoft system features is available online. It requires a plug-in, also available at the site.
The University of Louisville has contracted with Cambridge Technology Partners for implementation consultation.
Cambridge has an ongoing consultancy relationship with PeopleSoft as a "Global Alliance Partner" and is working on the implementation projects of several major universities. The project scope phase began the foundation-level implementation of the PeopleSoft modules that the university has purchased.
The CTP team began work on campus on Monday, November 3, 1997, and the scope phase kicked off for the administrative sponsors and key members of the project implementation teams at an all-day meeting on Wednesday, November 5.
More than eighty colleges and universities are implementing the PeopleSoft higher-education packages. The list below includes the "charter" and "beta" schools, as well as other "early adopters." As the linked sites elsewhere show, the implementation projects -- although in various states of development -- have the same general structure, with variations made necessary by institutional configuration and local needs.
For an overview of the PeopleSoft implementation project at the University of Minnesota, see the keynote presentation from the Project ORION kick-off luncheon, "From the Trenches" by Dr. Roberta Armstrong, UMN "Student 2000" project manager.
Boise State University
Indexes of other projects
For further information on the implementation time line, budget and functionality, see the ProjectORION overview.
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