In July 2010, the University of Puget Sound began a year-long process in preparation for the implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) package to replace the existing core of the current information system.
President Ronald R. Thomas and the President's Cabinet endorsed the project and chartered the Steering Committee for Enterprise Resource Planning to guide the process. The university retained Collegiate Project Services (CPS) to assist with this process.
See Optimize Puget Sound for more information on the ERP implementation.
ERP is an integrated technology solution for managing the internal and external resources of an organization utilizing a single software system and a single database. In higher education institutions, standard ERP applications include student and academic information, financial aid, human resources, financial management, admission, and institutional advancement.
The University of Puget Sound ERP implementation focused primarily on the processes and interfaces currently supported by Cascade and Banner.
Elements involved in preparing for an ERP implementation and selecting preferred software and implementation vendors included:
See the Technology Services presentation, The Next Level (PDF), for a complete overview detailing the challenges faced by Puget Sound, the benefits an ERP brings to Puget Sound, and the selection timeline and process.