Annual SAP Upgrade Progressing Toward Completion - 11/12/09

The annual SAP system upgrade, started Friday evening, Sept. 11 by the OnePurdue team, has progressed smoothly, according to Jim Skiles, SAP integration manager of IT Enterprise Applications. He foresees no stalls in the upgrade process and expects the team to finish on time.

Human Resource Services, Financial, Supply Chain and Reporting systems will remain operational until 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, Skiles said. At that time, the systems will be shut down to allow the OnePurdue team to perform the upgrade systemwide. All system functionality should be restored by 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7.

The lengthy project has called on the expertise of approximately 40 members of the virtual OnePurdue team. Skiles estimates that to date the team has spent more than 2,000 hours testing and installing thousands of changes into the system.

The team’s proficiency is commendable, Skiles said. He knows of other universities that shut down their SAP system for several days during the upgrade installation. But here, the OnePurdue team keeps the system – and the University – running year-round.

“Our folks are doing a good job,” he said.

Although the changes to SAP may be indistinguishable to most employees, the upgrade will benefit them by preventing system problems, he said.

Once the upgrade is complete, the routine maintenance schedule should return to 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, and 3 p.m. Saturday through 4 a.m. Sunday every week. System upgrade schedules can be found online on the OnePurdue home page and SAP Portal. When other system outages occur, they will be announced in Business @ Purdue breaking news mailings. 

The various teams and their leads include Pam Bower for Finance, Lester Burch for HR/Payroll, Will Seeger for Supply Chain, and Hans Sigg for Reporting, all reporting to Director of Business Services Computing Mike Szczepanski; Kathy Rainwater for BASIS, Rob Campbell for Portal, Bonnie Wharton for Application Development, Jeff Smith for Security, and Harry Smith for Business Warehouse.