After careful consideration, university and Modernization project leaders have decided to move the start date for the transition to Workday from July 2020 to Jan. 2021.
The new launch date will allow more time for testing the university-wide system that will be used for such critical functions as finance, payroll, human resources and post-award grants management.
The change from many 40-year-old and paper-based systems is a massive undertaking, and as WSU President Kirk Schulz said, it’s important to take the time to get it right.
“Change can be challenging, especially when many things happen at once,” Schulz wrote in a letter to faculty and staff on March 9. “Modernizing WSU’s systems and processes takes time, and I appreciate your continued patience.”
The launch date change will not increase the project budget nor will it change its scope.
The new January start date was chosen in part because the beginning of the calendar year is a natural transition point for many university systems as well as employees.
End-to-End testing will continue through this spring, followed by User Acceptance Testing with real life scenarios in the summer. Training will occur in the fall.