February 8, 2017

Advisory committee created to guide Business Process Reengineering plans

The Business Process Reengineering (BPR) team convened its newly formed advisory committee on Jan. 26, bringing together faculty and staff leaders for an overview and discussion of the BPR projects.

The advisory committee will oversee business process reengineering transformation throughout the life span of the five BPR projects: general ledger, human capital management, enterprise asset management, budget and reporting. Leadership across Purdue campuses nominated representatives for the advisory committee, which will meet every six weeks over the next two years as the projects progress from design to implementation.

Committee members will help guide business process transformation by providing feedback on business process reengineering recommendations, advising proposed policy changes and assisting with change management strategies and execution. Committee members will also help keep the campus community informed about BPR progress.

The advisory committee will be led by Tim Werth, BPR director. The advisory committee members are:

* Vicki Farnsworth, interim executive director, IT Application Services.
* Lori Feldman, associate dean for Undergraduate Programs, Purdue University Northwest.
* Cigdem Gurgur, associate professor of Management and Marketing, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
* Dan Hirleman, chief Corporate and Global Partnerships officer.
* Trent Klingerman, chief deputy counsel, Office of Legal Counsel.
* Richard Kuhn, professor and head, Department of Biological Sciences.
* John McConnell, the Burton D. Morgan Distinguished Chair of Private Enterprise (in Finance).
* Beth McCuskey, vice provost for Student Life.
* Jim Mullins, dean, Libraries.
* Amy Noah, vice president for Development.
* Nina Robinson, administrative director of Environmental and Ecological Engineering, APSAC representative.
* Alysa Rollock, vice president for Ethics and Compliance.
* Joe Sinfield, associate professor of Civil Engineering and director of the College of Engineering Innovation and Leadership Studies Program.
* Mandy Smith, account clerk in Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life, CSSAC representative.
* Mark Smith, dean, Graduate School.
* Jay Wasson, chief operations officer, Physical Facilities.
* Wally Tyner, the James & Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics.
* Yuehwern Yih, professor of Industrial Engineering and associate director of Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering.

During the meeting, committee members heard an overview of the BPR projects from Bill Sullivan, treasurer and chief financial officer and Tim Werth, BPR director. Sullivan kicked off the advisory committee meeting by sharing his vision to transform Purdue business. Werth reiterated how reengineering business processes throughout the university is the most significant element to unlocking the true potential of the overall transformation from tactical to more strategic, value-added activities across the board.

Each project lead also provided an update on their area. Among the updates:

* Linda Baer, human capital management team leader, discussed the group's work to streamline the approval process for creating job positions and requesting job postings.

* Eva Nodine, general ledger team leader, explained efforts to simplify the University’s financial structure which aids in the reduction of the number of cost centers, funds and general ledger accounts ultimately used.

* John Higgins, enterprise asset management team leader, discussed providing a higher level of visibility and efficiency to internal and external customers within capital projects and work order processes.

Committee members discussed the projects and offered feedback and questions. Several committee members stressed the importance of understanding the University's current business practices and needs before moving forward with the design and implementation phases. The BPR team agreed collaboration in design and implementation is important.

As the advisory committee moves forward in its designated role, the BPR team will continue to focus efforts on engaging stakeholders from all levels of the university to ensure the success of the transformation as a whole.

Provide feedback on BPR

Individuals who would like to provide feedback on business processes may do so online. The feedback webpage offers the following options:

* Submit "pain points" information regarding business tasks or processes in need of review.
* Take a survey to provide feedback on the communication methods and information being provided on the BPR projects.
* Send a question or other general feedback to the BPR team.

More information

* Visit the Business Process Reengineering website.
* Email bpr@purdue.edu.


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