IT Comission gets ctcLink update and FirstLink perspective

At the IT Commission meeting yesterday, members got an update from Barbara Martin on the ctcLink project and heard from TCC’s ctcLink project manager Andy Duckworth regarding FirstLink (pilot college) activities leading up to the August 25 Go-Live date.

Barbara said the project team and Ciber are working on more than 300 design documents, which are required to design the build-out of the code extensions, interfaces, special reports, and modifications being made to the out-of-the-box PeopleSoft software to meet the unique business needs of our college system. Data conversion (from our legacy system to PeopleSoft) and creating security roles (to determine who has access to what based on your role at the college) are also challenging and time consuming aspects of the project.

Due to all these factors, she said the project is behind schedule, but the project team, Ciber and FirstLink colleges have been working on some mitigation strategies to get back on track and meet the August 25 go-live date, including adding additional resources for Testing and Training. User Acceptance Testing (with FirstLink college staff and some volunteers from Wave 1 colleges) is set to begin in late June and once that process gets underway, the team will be able to re-assess readiness for the scheduled go-live date.

TCC’s Andy Duckworth shared activities at the FirstLink college level, talking specifically about data conversion activities at TCC, the Training schedule for both TCC and Spokane, and ended his remarks with, “We ‘go live’ in 10 weeks!”

You can see a more in-depth review of some of the things Andy talked about on his ctcLink@TCC vlog he just posted today about User Acceptance Testing and Training:

Click on the photos if you want a larger view.

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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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