April 26, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 17

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Health Science Center PeopleSoft implementation is under way

The Health Science Center is in the early stages of Phase I of its implementation of PeopleSoft, a highly integrated suite of products that will be used to support the administrative and information needs of the university's faculty, staff and students. PeopleSoft was selected to replace the university's aging administrative and information systems after an extensive evaluation process that included representatives from all five schools and the administrative offices.

PeopleSoft will be implemented using a phased approach. During Phase I, which is slated to begin in January 2001, human resources, employee benefits, payroll and the general ledger applications will be implemented. Phase II consists of financial applications, while Phase III will be devoted to student administration. The entire implementation effort for all phases is expected to take three years.

During April and May, approximately 75 Health Science Center employees will take part in a series of focus sessions to evaluate how existing business processes will be conducted in the various Phase I PeopleSoft applications. Participants will discuss ways in which current business processes can be redesigned and improved to minimize the need for costly modifications to the software.

Most employees will notice the change to PeopleSoft when they receive their January 2001 paychecks or earnings statements. Employees responsible for human resources and payroll matters are expected to begin PeopleSoft training during the final quarter of 2000.

Upcoming issues of The News will feature implementation updates and discuss the positive impact PeopleSoft is expected to have on the university and its employees and students.