The installation of the first instances of Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise applications marks another major step forward in the University's administrative systems replacement project. The project will bring the University's currently antiquated systems up to leading standards for Student, Human Resources, Finance and Research Administration.
An instance is a set of server, application and database software required to run one copy of one system. The QUASR project will employ two PeopleSoft systems - Finance is one and the other is Campus Solutions, which supports the modules from Human Resources and Student. It is normal practice to maintain several PeopleSoft instances of each system for development, testing, training and so on. During the implementation of the QUASR project, 31 instances (13 instances of Finance and 18 instances of Campus Solutions) will be in use at various stages of the project.
Queen's relationship with Oracle began in late 2007, following a Request for Proposal to software vendors. A high level scope analysis was conducted with the PeopleSoft Enterprise products in the summer of 2008, confirming the applications' fit with Queen's operational requirements. Queen's will follow in the footsteps of a number of other higher education institutions in Canada by implementing this integrated software suite.
Replacing Queen's aged legacy systems will increase system functionality, improve administrative processes, integrate solutions across departments, build ongoing support capacities, and reduce and manage risks to the University. Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise applications not only provide comprehensive business and industry functionality, but its Campus Solutions application is specifically designed for the changing needs of higher education institutions.
"Higher education institutions worldwide are leveraging Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise applications to improve service to constituents," says Jim McGlothlin, Vice President, Oracle Higher Education. "Once fully deployed, Queen's University will be able to offer students, faculty and staff more tools to help them succeed."
The transition will be phased in over three years, with the first major milestones being implementations in the Finance and Research Admin systems later this year, followed by modules for Human Resources and Student implementation in 2010 and 2011.
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