Optimize Puget Sound is a mission-critical project to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all operations at the University of Puget Sound. The university is implementing software from Oracle, but the project is about more than just employing new technology. It is about optimizing the ways in which the Puget Sound community works together and improving the many services offered by the university.
Optimize Puget Sound consists 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 is the focus of the fourth and final phase.
At the end of 2013, Optimize Puget Sound will transition to its next phase, dubbed "Maximize Puget Sound." Meetings with functional offices are currently underway to determine the types of improvements and enhancements needed in the current system. The steering committee will prioritize these requests and develop a blueprint, schedule, and list of required resources. Likely 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.
Training sessions and online instruction are available for those learning the new system. See the Optimize Puget Sound Training page. Training materials are provided on the Optimize Training Handouts page. You can also access many online lessons in PS Help. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Through Optimize Puget Sound, the university will:
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.
The Steering Committee for Enterprise Resource Planning is chartered to manage Puget Sound's investment by overseeing the projects portfolio and approving policy related to use of ERP components. The committee meets bi-weekly and in ad hoc sessions as needed for making informed, timely decisions.
Lori Gobble, Associate Vice President for Finance
Janet Hallman, Associate Vice President for Financial Planning and Analysis
John Hickey, Associate Vice President for Business Services and Community Engagement
Bob Kief, Associate Vice President for Facilities Services
Sunil Kukreja, Associate Academic Dean
Donn Marshall, Associate Dean of Students
Cindy Matern, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Career and Employment Services
Gayle McIntosh, Executive Director of Communications
Maggie Mittuch, Associate Vice President for Student Financial Services
Vikram Nilakantan, ASUPS Director of Technology Services
Ellen Peters, Director of Institutional Research
Fumio Sugihara, Director of Admission
Brad Tomhave, University Registrar
Sean Vincent, Director of University Relations Information Services
Landon Wade, Director of Academic Advising
Travis Nation, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Information Services/Network and Server Systems
William Morse, Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President for Technology Services
For more information on the PeopleSoft implementation, please contact the project manager, Travis Nation, at 253.879.2710 or firstname.lastname@example.org.