UBC selects Workday as its core enterprise solution

UBC has selected Workday as its new enterprise software to replace the existing Student Information System (SIS), Human Resource Management System (HRMS) and Financial Management System (FMS). Following extensive campus consultations to evaluate Workday’s ability to meet UBC’s operational requirements, the selection of this cloud-based technology represents a major step forward in delivering an integrated experience for faculty, staff and students.

Once implemented, student, HR and financial information will reside in Workday with an emphasis on continuous improvement to meet the university’s evolving needs. For example, all users will experience a higher level of self-service with a single sign-on to access relevant information. For administrators, the ability to work and generate reports across student, HR, and finance-related activities will provide greater transparency to inform decision-making.

At the institutional level, UBC is concurrently developing a university data model to create consistency and an enterprise data governance model to guide decision-making. Also, a new Chart of Accounts and Foundation Data Model will be developed to transition from a PeopleSoft to Workday environment.

Executive Sponsors of this multi-year program, now called the Integrated Renewal Program, include the following:

  • Peter Smailes, Interim Vice-President, Finance and Operations (Lead Executive Sponsor)
  • Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice Chancellor & Principal
  • Cynthia Mathieson, Provost and Vice-Principal Academic
  • Barbara Meens Thistle, Vice-President, Human Resources
  • Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President Academic

In addition, the Program has a Lead Program Sponsor in Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar, Dr. Kate Ross.

More information on the Program will be shared in the coming months. Integrating student, HR, and finance (including procurement) activities will leverage internal knowledge and mitigate the risks associated with this major endeavour.