UCPath is the University of California’s priority program to implement a comprehensive payroll, benefits, human resources and academic personnel solution for all UC employees.
Pilot Go-live Update and UCI Impacts
UC Merced, UC Riverside, and Associated Students UCLA successfully went live with UCPath on schedule January 2. The entire effort was split into five key phases, and each was completed on or ahead of schedule. On-site support has been effective in resolving functional issues.
Georgana Thompson Simonowitz is UCI UCPath's assistant project manager and has worked as a technical project manager, consultant, and software quality assurance engineer for commercial and public organizations during her 20-year career in Information Technology. She has previously worked on implementations of SAP, PeopleSoft, and custom software applications. The UCPath Project is her fifth enterprise level software implementation project.
Collaboration with UCLA
On Jan. 10, five members of the UCI UCPath project team met with members of the team at UCLA to share ideas and learn from each other. UCLA is on track to implement UCPath in September and has already gone through several of the project steps that UCI is just beginning to experience. It was a great meeting and we agreed to continue to look for ways to learn from each other. The major topics explored included training, testing, data conversion/validation, and business process guide deployment.
UCLA shared their methods, challenges and successes, and some of the tools that they are utilizing. Following this introductory meeting, additional discussions have taken place to explore more details and to see how we might be able to support each other, particularly in the area of training and data validation. We were encouraged to discover that what we are doing in business process guide deployment is very similar to the UCLA approach and to hear some of their experiences. This was a great example of collaboration that benefits all of us and will help us ensure a successful UCPath deployment at UCI.
Technical UpdateUCI has successfully completed Integration Smoke Testing with the Central Team. Smoke testing is a type of software testing that aims at ensuring that the most important functions work. The results of this testing are used to decide if a build is stable enough to proceed with further testing.
UCI campus and Medical Center Tier-1 systems (those that will transfer information back and forth with UCPath) submitted interface files in scope for testing, to UCI Central Managed File Transfer (MFT) Server which in turn transmitted the files to UCPath Central MFT Server.
The smoke testing allowed us to validate basic connectivity and file arrival to the intended parties, confirm encryption and decryption and other security setup, and verify notification, infrastructure, automation of the file exchanges is working. The smoke testing has also helped UCI team identify opportunities to optimize and refine our batch file transfer setup, and prepared us for the formal Integration Testing later in the year.
UCI UCPath Newsletter – February 2018
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