Hi – I’m Geoff Endersby. Welcome to the first of my Business Transformation blogs.
Along with the team, I’ll be sharing updates and insights into how we’re transforming the way we work in the University.
Before we get started, a little about me. I joined the University in June of this year to manage the Transformation Programme. I’ve delivered 18 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) style programmes in a variety of industries, and this is my first in Higher Education. With this in mind, your help, advice and patience will be greatly appreciated.
You’ll notice I come with an English accent, although I’ve lived in Scotland for nearly 40 years. Right now I live in Killin at the western end of Loch Tay.
OneUniversity and TechnologyOne
My first update focuses on the tools and technology we’re implementing as part of the transformation. The new solution is called OneUniversity. It’s a cloud-based, fully integrated system for finance, people, research and ultimately student services. As well as offering a number of functional improvements to what we currently have, you’ll be able to access it from any device, anywhere.
If you want to find out more about the system, you can take a look at its developer, TechnologyOne’s website. Or pop in to see our team in College Hall, collect a brochure and have a chat. We can also offer a coffee – essential in this weather.
TechnologyOne is an important strategic partner in enabling the ways we’ll work in the future. With over 30 years in the software business, its products are already used throughout Australia’s Higher Education sector. A number of UK universities are adopting individual components of the OneUniversity solution and Dundee will be the first to implement the full solution.
Progress so far
We’re well into the first phase of the programme. This will deliver finance and procurement, HR and payroll, research and an early enquiry management solution. Right now, we’re investigating how we can best use the tools to support the University’s strategy. This Solution Verification will run through till March.
At the same time, we’re working with our colleagues in IT and rolling out communications for everyone involved in this first phase. If you haven’t been involved in any of this activity so far, don’t worry: There will be plenty of opportunities in the coming months.
We’re also looking at the student management piece, which is due in years two and three of the programme. The next six months will help us prepare to implement this complex, challenging and essential piece of work. We need to use this time wisely to make sure we get it right.
What happens next?
We’ll publish these updates regularly, with at least one more before Christmas. Let us know what topics you’d like us to cover, or any questions you might have. You can comment below, send us an email or get in touch with me directly.
Programme Manager, Business Transformation Programme