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Elevate's newsletter, the ElevateR is the best resource for staying up-to-date on our implementation of Workday. Each issue of the ElevateR features a message and program update from Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning, Jack Blanchard, as well as event reminders, Workday terms, details on Workday's functionality, and FAQs.

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  • Message from Jack J. Blanchard, Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning:

    Earlier this month Elevate announced our specific Go Live date: November 15, 2024. To reach this date, the Elevate Program team spent months diligently mapping out the detailed timing of when our legacy systems (e.g., Kuali Finance, PHR) will need to be shut down so that finance and HR data can be converted and transferred from these old systems into the new Workday system. As described below this will require…

  • Message from Jack J. Blanchard, Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning:

    Earlier this month, the Elevate program team republished our updated, enhanced training courses and they are now available for you to take at your convenience. Some of the enhancements you will find in the new training courses and materials include:

    More natural-sounding audio-narration for all 24 on-demand coursesImprovements to specific Workday simulations and course content based on course survey…
  • Message from Jack J. Blanchard, Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning:

    If you’ve completed an on-demand Workday training course, you should have received an email from our Executive Sponsors earlier this month about course completions. The Elevate Program’s new timeline, with the Go Live of HCM and Finance occurring in November 2024, has created challenges in retaining the information learned for our staff who may have taken training nearly a year before Workday will Go Live.…

  • Message from Jack J. Blanchard, Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning:

    The news is out: Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) and Finance will go live in November 2024, as announced this month by our executive sponsors. This announcement was preceded by months of work by the Elevate Program team to conduct payroll integration testing, as well as making many enhancements to Workday training and resources, to ensure that our community is ready for Go Live.

     We know…

  • Message from Jack J. Blanchard, Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning:

    With the start of 2024, we wanted to provide an update on the Elevate Program since we announced the implementation delay in September 2023. We understand that everyone is eager to learn about the revised timeline and, given progress made, we expect to be able to announce a new Go-Live date in the coming weeks. Below is a summary of our activities and accomplishments that build toward our Workday Go-Live in…

  • Message from Jack J. Blanchard, Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning:

    Since the postponement of Workday Go Live, the Elevate Program’s leadership has been assessing how this will impact our other Workday initiatives, including Adaptive Planning and Student. On November 9, 2023, Eduardo Lorente, AVP for Budget & Planning, notified users that Workday’s budgeting tool, Adaptive Planning, will also be delayed to coordinate with the rescheduled Workday Go Live. As a…

  • Message from Jack J. Blanchard, Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning:

    As was announced last month, the Go Live of Workday has been postponed. While the new Go Live date has not been determined, the Elevate Team is busy with a number of ongoing activities that will continue to drive us toward a successful Workday implementation in 2024: 

    Payroll integration testing, including completing the Central Payroll Bureau integrations. Making enhancements…
  • Message from Jack J. Blanchard, Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning:

    Last week, Elevate’s Executive Sponsors notified employees at the University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and the University System of Maryland Office that the November Go Live for Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) and Finance has been postponed.

    The Elevate Program team consistently…

  • Message from Jack J. Blanchard, Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning:

    We are approximately two and a half months away from Workday Human Capital Management & Finance Go Live!  

    Training became available on July 17 and as of August 28 over 2,500 users have completed the online “Introduction to Workday” course. If you have not already begun your on-demand training courses, now is the time! For faculty and staff that have more training to complete, consider…

  • Message from Jack J. Blanchard, Associate Provost for Enterprise Resource Planning:

    Workday Training is HERE!

    On July 17, 2023, the Elevate Program team launched training for Workday! On-demand training courses have been available for all employees to enroll in for just over one week. It has been so exciting for our team to watch training enrollments climb and to watch our future users complete their courses. As of today, we have 763 completions of our first course, Introduction to…

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