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September 2006
Number 11

Addressing the project team in late August, OnePurdue Executive Director Gary Newsom (right) announces new release targets for the first two software implementations. OnePurdue project managers and University leaders agreed last month to give the project team more time to develop and test the initial systems for finance and human resources. Read more in the story below.
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New release targets announced for finance and HR systems

President Jischke records video about OnePurdue

Meet the team


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New release targets announced for finance and HR systems

OnePurdue project managers and University leaders agreed last month to provide the OnePurdue project team added time to develop and test initial systems for finance and human resources before their implementation.

As planned, OnePurdue leadership revised the schedule for the project’s first two software implementations, announcing December as the target for financial systems and — given a successful December implementation — an April 2007 goal for human resource and payroll systems. The original schedule called for October and January implementations, respectively.
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Morgan R. Olsen, executive vice president and treasurer, reaffirmed OnePurdue’s commitment to quality in his Aug. 28 announcement of the new targets. “These target months are the result of a deliberate, concerted effort to chart a course that will lead to systems of the highest quality,” Olsen said. “Our goal to improve the way Purdue does business through the OnePurdue project is best served by remaining adaptable and far-sighted.”

Gary Newsom, executive director of OnePurdue, says the schedule revision makes clear OnePurdue’s first priority: to implement software systems that have been thoroughly developed and tested.

“OnePurdue will not compromise its commitment to quality. The decision to take added time with our first releases for finance and human resources demonstrates this commitment,” Newsom says. “While we understand that the vast scope of a project such as OnePurdue defies the notion of a ‘zero defect’ ideal, we know that our team of dedicated and talented people will produce excellent systems that the University can take great pride in.

“There simply is no substitute for the thorough testing and subsequent fine-tuning being done now. Hitting a target on the calendar can be important, but it should never take precedence over doing the quality assurance testing needed to provide the University with the best business tools technology offers.”

Schedules for training courses and enrollment are being revised to coordinate with the new implementation schedule. Once the new training schedules are established, more than 180 volunteer OnePurdue training coordinators will help organize enrollment in the areas they represent on all campuses.

Training will be planned according to best practices that recommend it be offered within six to eight weeks of system implementation. This timing ensures that what is learned can be retained until implementation.

Please check OnePurdue’s Web site and this newsletter often to stay up-to-date with the progress of this important project. The current issue of the newsletter is always accessible from the home page.


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President Jischke records video about OnePurdue
Screenshot of Martin Jischke In a video recorded in August, President Jischke encourages the University community to embrace OnePurdue as a “unique opportunity.”

Purdue President Martin Jischke has recorded a short video message about OnePurdue. In it, he describes how the project is “key to the growth and progress of each of our campuses.

“The benefits of this long-tern effort to transform the way we do business will be felt by students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends for decades to come,” said Jischke. “Chances are, if you are involved with Purdue University, you have been or will be involved with OnePurdue.”

The video can be accessed from the OnePurdue Web site, and is available in both QuickTime and Windows Media Viewer formats. Click here to watch it.


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Meet the team
An Indiana native, Sue Gibson grew up on a farm near Darlington, but left for the big city right after high school. She started her academic career at Purdue in 1975 as an undergraduate in the School of Management, and eventually earned a master's degree in human resources in 1983. Sue stayed on to take a position with Human Resource Services, and has been with that department for the past 23 years, most recently as an HR generalist for Housing and Food Services. During that time, Sue also obtained her lifetime SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certification. At OnePurdue, she serves as a subject-matter expert for the HR-Personnel Administration (master data) team. Married to Purdue legend John “Hoot” Gibson, who retired in 2000 after 41 years in the University Police Department and President's Office, Sue enjoys spoiling her two fuzzy, four-legged children: Hezi, a Himalayan (cat), and Augie, a Pomeranian (dog). She also has a stepson, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Sue enjoys shopping and traveling, most recently spending a week in Hawaii with her husband and friends during OnePurdue’s July hiatus.
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Learn more about OnePurdue
Explore the OnePurdue Web site at www.purdue.edu/onepurdue. New content and updated information is added almost daily, so check back often for the latest news and information about this important project.


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How to Contact OnePurdue
Business Hours
Monday — Thursday, 7 a.m. — 6 p.m. (Closed Fridays)

Address
OnePurdue
Ross Enterprise Center
1801 Kalberer Road
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Phone Numbers
office: (765) 494-2400
fax: (765) 464-2233

OnePurdue e-mail
onepurdue@purdue.edu (for project-related questions and comments)
You can send messages directly from OnePurdue's home page. See “Contact OnePurdue” in the right column.

Campus Mail Building Code
ROSS

Directions
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