Optimize Puget Sound was a two-year mission-critical project to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all operations at the University of Puget Sound. The university implemented software from Oracle, but the project was about more than just employing new technology. It was about optimizing the ways in which the Puget Sound community works together and improving the many services offered by the university.
Optimize Puget Sound consisted of four major phases. The first involved the implementation of the PeopleSoft financials module, which went live July 2, 2012. Next the human resources module went live January 1, 2013. The campus solutions module (dealing with financial aid, registration, academic advising, and other student-focused functions) rolled out in March 2013. Ramping up the analytical capabilities of the system was the focus of the fourth and final phase.
At the end of 2013, Optimize Puget Sound transitioned to its next phase, dubbed "Maximize Puget Sound." Meetings with functional offices were held to determine the types of improvements and enhancements needed in the new system. The ERP steering committee prioritized these requests and developed a blueprint, schedule, and list of required resources. Goals for the project include implementation of components such as student housing assignments, meal plans, room and event scheduling, document management, a parent payment portal, and the portal, myPugetSound, to replace Cascade.
Through Optimize Puget Sound, the university hoped to:
Background information is available on the readiness assessment, needs assessment, and selection process for software and implementation services conducted by the university in preparation for this project.