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Thursday, February 6, 2014

HRMS completes design phase;
development and testing underway

The HRMS work stream wrapped up Phase 2: Analyze & Design activities at the end of January with the completion of design and documentation for the HR, Payroll Accounting, and Time & Labor modules. While the design phase for these three modules took longer than expected, HRMS project director Kris Hause said that development and testing work is already underway where possible.

“Our project team, subject matter experts, and stakeholders have done amazing work over the past year to redesign and simplify our business processes and reduce system modifications,” Hause said. “We refer to this project as an upgrade, but in truth, we are re-implementing our HRMS system in most areas. The design work has been significant, but in many areas, we’ve started application development and are preparing to test our designs. It’s exciting to turn this corner and look ahead toward a successful implementation.”

With system design completed, the HRMS work stream will be putting additional emphasis on communications, training and change management activities in the coming months. Audience-specific training courses and materials are being developed this spring, with registration tentatively slated for late April for courses to be delivered this summer. System users can expect online and print materials to be available at system implementation, as well.

Vice President for the Office of Human Resources Kathy Brown and Director of HR Operations Lori Lamb expressed their appreciation for the efforts and collaboration of everyone involved in the HRMS project to date.

“So many people have worked hard to get us to this point, and they deserve our recognition and thanks,” said Brown. “We still have a lot of work to do over the next year—but we should all take a moment to celebrate this milestone. You’ve done a great job, and our HR enterprise will be stronger because of your efforts.”

“I’ve said it before: the level of collaboration—both within HRMS and between HRMS and other work streams—has been outstanding,” Lamb said. “That in itself is a big win for the University.”

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