Issue 4 2018
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.
UCPath Benefits and Efficiencies
Why replace the current personnel and payroll system? Why UCPath? Click here to see the video provide a brief outline of the benefits and efficiencies UCPath will bring to UCI.
Dana Watanabe is a member of UCI’s Office of Information Technology-Identity & Access Management (IAM) team. The OIT IAM team is responsible for the systems that manage UCInetIDs for staff, faculty, students, and others. Along with creating accounts, the Identity Management (IDM) system receives data from various sources and passes information about students, staff, and faculty on to other services such as the UCI Directory and Data Warehouse.
Dana has been working on UCPath for UCI since 2012. He was part of the UC-wide identity management group working on specifications for the new messaging system that UCPath would use. This system would allow UCI employee accounts to be created and updated much quicker than the current nightly update processes.
In OIT, Dana was also designing a new IDM system to replace one that had been in place since the early 90s. The new system was designed with more real-time messaging from services like UCPath in mind and able to smoothly transition from PPS data to UCPath data.
Dana started working for the Network Services Team at UCI in 1991 installing networks and later worked on network monitoring and running the Network Operations Center. In the mid-1990s he built the web authentication tool WebAuth, worked on e-mail and other network services, then shifted to designing services like the Identity Management System. Dana is currently the chair of UCTrust, the UC IT Architecture Committee group for common access with all UCs, and the co-chair of OIT’s Architectural Review Board that is working on standards to help integrate the different IT services that UCI uses.
When not designing IT services or pouring through specification documents, Dana likes to spend time outdoors, camping in the desert or mountains, going hiking, rock scrambling, or driving to remote places far away from computers. He is also willing to go to Hawaii with his relatives to enjoy some shaved ice.
Training for UCPath
The UCPath training team, made up of twenty-two Subject Matter Experts (SME) from across UCI, has been meeting weekly since December and completed review of all the key training materials provided by the UCPath Central training team. We plan to offer approximately 13 instructor-led courses for people that will be initiating transactions in UCPath to hire, transfer, process leaves and terminations as well as funding entries and cost transfers. Training is expected to begin in January 2019.
The training team is now utilizing a testing version of UCPath to better understand how the system will perform key transactions and pose questions to the UCPath Central Team to increase their understanding of the new system and processes. In addition, six members of the UCI team are also attending training at UCLA and will be helping the UCLA team train their staff in preparation for UCLA’s go-live this fall. This is a great opportunity for our trainers to see how the training materials are utilized and practice training skills. We are proud that our trainers are sharing their expertise with the users at UCLA!
Beginning in August, the training team will utilize their knowledge of UCPath to participate in formal testing. This will give us the opportunity to see how the system will perform the everyday tasks performed across the campus, as well as some of those more unique transactions. If you want to know more about training, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The training team is an integral part of the UCPath team and our plans for preparing the campus to successfully implement UCPath. We are very excited to be working with such a fantastic team of experts.
UCI UCPath Newsletter Issue 4
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