to extend the Finance Information System (FIS) timeline to July
2007 and to implement CMS version 8.9, rather than 8.4 with an 8.9
upgrade to follow, was recently presented to and approved by the
Chancellors Office CMS Executive Committee.
new timeline and version 8.9 implementation, provides CSUF with
cost saving opportunities. CSU-San Jose’s upgrade from version
8.4 to version 8.9 cost was $400,000. Eliminating this upgrade process
will save the CSUF CMS Project team time and money by not requiring
two fit gap processes, additional consultant fees and re-training
staff on the technical differences between the two versions.
Additional benefits from this new timeline include:
The new ‘go-live’ date will correspond with the end
of the fiscal year enabling the CMS team to maintain the integrity
of fiscally sensitive data.
Expansion of fit gap period will enhance campus participation
The expanded timeline allows for a greater degree of direct campus
technical staff involvement resulting in savings on consulting
The CMS FIS Project team is determined to hire strategically qualified
personnel. The timeline extension will enable the CMS Project team
to hire and allocate campus resources to filling critical business
analyst, subject matter expert and backfill positions.