ctcLink “Word of the Week” starts now

The ctcLink functional and technical project team members have been fully immersed in learning the characteristics and features of the PeopleSoft software we’ll be implementing for ctcLink. In doing so, they have realized there is PeopleSoft terminology (aka: “PeopleSpeak”) that we’ll all want to learn sooner rather than later–especially for those subject matter experts (SMEs) who will be involved in the upcoming Global Solution/Business Process Alignment process.

So, we’re going to share one or two words per week here on the blog. The first word is:

Pillar

The PeopleSoft ERP Solution is divided into three Pillars:

  • Human Capital Management (HCM): Supports Human Resources business processes and replaces the existing personnel and payroll system (PPMS), as well as providing additional functionality around recruitment and talent management. In addition, online employee self-service will be provided.
  • Financial Management (FM): Provides functionality to support Financial business processes and replaces the existing financial management system (FMS), as well as providing significant additional functionality in Supply Chain Management (purchasing).
  • Campus Solutions (CS): Supports all Student Administration business processes. This replaces our existing student management and financial aid systems (SMS, FAM and Degree Audit), as well as the existing software application (WTS) that enablese colleges to deliver online information from the current administrative application systems. It will be replaces with CS’s online self-service access for students and faculty, as well as providing integration for self-service through mobile technology.

Each of the three Pillars contain a number of modules, such as the Student Financials module within Campus Solutions, which replaces the current cashiering functionality for enabling student payment of tuition and fees.

So, when you hear the term “pillar” in the context of the ctcLink project, you’ll know we aren’t talking about a column on a building, the Christian rock band, or a mountain in the English Lake District. Instead it refers to the three main software applications that will make up ctcLink.

Questions? Send them to ctclink@sbctc.edu. And, if you have co-workers you think would benefit from getting the ctcLink word-of-the-week, a huge THANKS in advance if you’d ask them if they have signed up to follow this blog.

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ctcLink is a single, centralized system of online tools for student services and administrative functions for all 34 community and technical colleges in Washington. In the next several years, ctcLink will be implemented on every campus, providing online tools for everything from admissions to graduation. The first three ("FirstLink") colleges came online in August 2015. A wave of 8 more colleges (cleverly named "Wave 1") will switch over to the new ctcLink system in August 2016, followed by Wave 2 in 2017 and Wave 3 in 2018.
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