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ISU Enterprise Resource Planning system receives award from state IT council

Posted May 27, 2010

Idaho State University’s new Enterprise Resource Planning system has received the IT Project Management Award from the Idaho Information Technology Resource Management Council (ITRMC).

The ISU program will be recognized along with seven other winners at the ITRMC’s next meeting set June 23 in Boise. There were 22 nominations for this year’s Information Technology Achievement Awards.

The Information Technology Resource Management Council (ITRMC) reviews and evaluates the information technology and telecommunications systems presently in use by state agencies, and prepares statewide short and long-range information technology and telecommunications plans.

Within the context of those plans, the ITRMC establishes statewide information technology and telecommunications policies, standards, guidelines and conventions assuring uniformity and compatibility of state agency systems

Idaho State University is wrapping up a three-year effort to implement a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. This $15.2 million dollar project is being completed on schedule and within budget. One of the goals of the institution throughout the project was to examine its business processes and discover better and more efficient means to meet the needs of its constituents.

Implementation of the new ERP system began in the fall of 2007, after a lengthy requirements, evaluation, and approval process.  This new computer system is designed to manage administrative processes throughout the university.  The human resources/payroll module was placed into operation in January 2009, with the  finance module following in July 2009, admissions in October 2009, financial aid in January 2010, and a student information system following in April 2010.  A new web portal was also introduced for faculty, staff, and students to access university information and systems.  Among other benefits, students no longer have to wait in a lengthy queue to register for classes.

This new system has improved the services available to all faculty, staff and students, and also allowed the university to refine its business processes for better efficiency and control.

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