UTB Launches PeopleSoft Implementation
Issue 1 * August 2012
UT Brownsville (UTB) is currently implementing a new Human Resources and Financial Management software system called PeopleSoft that will be replacing those current functions in the Datatel system. The project, dubbed UTBNext, began in fall 2011 and is expected to be completed by April 2013. UTBNext is part of a system-wide effort known as UT Share to implement one common platform for all campuses. The project is being funded in part by system and will include a central data center that is being hosted and managed by UT Arlington. The PeopleSoft implementation will allow UTB to partner with other UT System schools to create the following unified HR and finance solutions:
Project Leadership and Steering Committee
- Yield cost efficiencies through economies of scale
- Offer streamlined business processes to improve service delivery
- Provide a shared resources environment that benefits all participants
The implementation is being led by Rosemary Martinez, Vice President for Business Affairs and Dr. Clair Goldsmith, Vice President for Information Technology Services and CIO. The project is also being led by a campus-wide steering committee that includes representatives from all divisions. The steering committee meets regularly and receives updates from members of the functional committees. A list of committee members is available here.Functional Committees Diligently At Work
The project is being managed by team members representing the purchasing, budgeting, human resources, and accounting and finance offices who have been diligently working for many months to analyze current business processes, design prototypes for the new system and ultimately configure the system. During the course of the implementation, the staff dedicated to making the conversion successful will be devoted to those tasks. A list of UTBNext team members can be found here.Keeping the Campus Updated
As we move forward, a communication and training plan will be developed to inform the campus and to help ease the transition for the many members of the campus who are expected to use the system daily. We will begin communicating with stakeholders as soon as we are ready to begin implementing our training plan.
We know that this type of system change is difficult, but our goal is to provide the campus community with the opportunity to learn how PeopleSoft is expected to improve the work that we do. The UTBNext project website will have up-to-date information as the process unfolds over the coming months.