February 5, 2019, by Chris Finch
Finance System upgrade *update*
An upgrade to the University finance system, Agresso, is now well underway as part of the Digital Futures programme.
IS are working with Finance to deliver an upgrade to our Finance System (currently called Agresso). The project, sponsored by Sally Blackamore and managed by Gayle Cooper, commenced September 2018 and falls under the ‘Digital Futures’ programme of work.
We will be leap-frogging a number of versions ahead. The newer version comes with a change of name and is now known as ‘Business World’. The upgrade project will deliver some much needed improvements to usability and process; a cleaner and more modern look and feel, as well as much improved web based functionality through a single sign on.
As we consolidate into ‘Business World’, the project will also make changes to some working processes with the aim of improving efficiency and ease of use.
*Update 20th June* – The upgrade is back on track to go-live. There will be a period of enforced ‘Agresso’ downtime commencing on 26th June 2019 until 1st July 2019, when the upgraded ‘Business World’ version of the system will become available throughout the day. The downtime will impact systems that interact with Agresso. We have identified key users and will send further details and instructions in due course for teams to make adequate plans and arrangements during the outage In the meantime, we advise that users and system product managers take note of this scheduled downtime and plan work and projects accordingly.
Business World guidance
The upgrade to Business World is intended to be “like-for-like” so users will not need to be fully re-trained. A series of guides and eLearning materials are available via Workspace.
SciQuest Requisitions *action required*
Please ensure that all SciQuest requisitions are fully approved and converted to a purchase order prior to system shutdown on the 26 June. Approvals cannot be made during enforced downtime. As this activity needs to occur across the month end period, please ensure all in month activities receive a high focus and that Invoice processing, GRN’s and goods ordering are completed in a timely manner prior to the system outage.
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