Now that the contract is signed and Ciber is on board as our system integration partner for ctcLink, work is already underway with project startup activities. Several members of the Ciber team will meet with ctcLink project team members in Bellevue next week to begin initial implementation planning, put the finishing touches on the project timeline and lay out a detailed work plan.
One of the important next steps is the recruitment of individuals across the system (all colleges and the State Board) to serve on system-wide subject matter expert teams. This is in preparation of the Global Solution phase of ctcLink, which is the process of aligning our system’s core business processes with the delivered solution within the new software. To ensure we get a system-wide perspective on how colleges do things now and how those processes will fit into the new system, we need a core team of subject matter experts (SMEs) from across the system.
For those who have been eager for some hands-on demonstrations, this is a chance to review and test-drive the delivered software solution.
The sessions will be specific to certain business process areas, such as: Purchasing, Grants Management, Benefits, Admissions/Recruiting, Financial Aid, Academic Advising. Once this detailed schedule is out, it should help people understand which days and how many hours per day they would be needed, which will help supervisors and staff determine who can be involved in this process. While it is preferred that SMEs attend the sessions in-person in Bellevue, participation via the web will be available so SMEs can attend these sessions without leaving campus.
When the schedule is ready, we’ll share it with ctcLink college team members and we’ll also get word out to the commissions and councils as part of the recruiting process.