On January 3, 2011 the project members working on the first wave of the GeneSIS project modules transitioned from the planning and analysis phase to the design and prototype phase. Much of the GeneSIS project team is now working together with our implementation partners from Oracle Consulting Services in our team base in Grace Watson Hall creating plans, developing prototypes, and configuring several of the system’s modules. For each module, once the design and prototype phase is complete, project team members will start to build the system and its interfaces, conduct user testing, load data and execute conversions, and deploy the system in a phased fashion.
The first portions of the new SIS to go live will be the recruiting and admissions components, which are projected to go live in summer 2011. Additional components will be launched on a rolling basis, concluding with a full system launch in fall 2012
In December the project team worked with subject matter experts throughout the university to assess RIT’s current business practices and requirements in detail to confirm fits and identify specific gaps that must be addressed. We completed analysis sessions for each of the following components of the Campus Solutions software:
Additional analysis sessions for NTID are being conducted this week. NTID staff will provide systems demos, share their current business processes, and provide requirements to enable the GeneSIS team to assess the scope of work required and the associated timeline needed.
The GeneSIS project team is in the midst of establishing a change agent network of students, faculty, staff, and administrators from across the campus to assist in communications and change management. This change agent network will be able to serve as a liaison between the GeneSIS project team and the greater RIT community to ensure that the campus is kept up to date with the project’s progress and understand how the new system will impact the RIT community directly. Change agents will be required to attend a one day Change Agent training session, a monthly hour-long planning meeting with the Change Agent Network and spend one hour a week conducting communications activities related to the project. If you would like to be considered to represent your area of the university in the change agent network, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1/28. The first change agent network training meeting is scheduled for February 3 from 8:30am-12:30pm.
GeneSIS project management staff met with representatives from the Student Government Technology Committee on 1/21 to discuss the project and formulate a strategy for ensuring student involvement so that students’ voices are heard.