Initiatives & Outreach

Initiatives & Outreach is committed to providing professional services to both our internal teams and to our partners, helping them achieve the strategic goals of the university. We assist in evaluating business processes and advise on the effective use of our systems with our campus community. Our objective is to provide a collaborative approach to identify, prioritize, track, and successfully execute initiatives and projects that support the strategic goals of the university as prioritized by Financial Services leadership.

If your department needs assistance with UAccess systems, Business Analysis, or Project Management services, please submit an Outreach Request to contact Initiatives and Outreach with your specific needs.

We also assist in designing, building, and scheduling employee training in UAccess Learning. Please see the Instructor Links section for all course building and class scheduling resources.

Our project managers will...

The project manager will work with your team to elicit business requirements, document processes, identify risks or gaps, and recommend process improvements.
Our team provides business analysis by working as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate, and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies, and information systems. Common project analyses include brainstorming, decision analysis, cost benefit analysis, and process documentation. Our team will also provide quality assurance testing and work directly with the developers to ensure functionality meets requirements. We will coordinate user acceptance testing for product sign-off.
Our project managers will meet with your team to design a project plan, lead a kick-off, monitor project tasks, communicate with vendors and stakeholders, coordinate user acceptance testing, provide end-user training, and implement solutions. Our team is always looking for ways to improve our process and will solicit feedback throughout the project. We lead lessons learned sessions, or request participation in a customer satisfaction survey at the close of our projects.
The project managers will monitor the progress of the project and work with stakeholders directly to communicate status.
Communication is a key element of any project. Our team will create a plan for communication that works for your project and work with you to adjust as necessary.

Project List

Current Projects

In support of the UAccess Financials Strategic Committee’s decision for staying as close to current code as possible, automate the financial system’s functional test deck to ensure accurate, timely testing for upgrades and releases.

Jan 2019 Sep 2020
Automated Functional Testing
Goals Develop an automated functional test deck for the financials system. Onboard the Business Systems Analysis and UITS Enterprise Business Analysis teams to ensure shared knowledge for maintainability.
Project Manager Akhil Kanakkassery
Stakeholders Financial Services, UITS Enterprise Business Analysts
Leadership Financial Services
Status In Progress
Timeframe January 2019 through September 30, 2020

Implement a process/solution that will centralize Financial Services business process and procedures documentation.

Jun 2020 Oct 2020
Business Process Documents Centralization
Goals Create efficiency for Financial Services units to access business process and procedures documentation.
Project Manager Judy Miranda
Stakeholders Financial Services
Leadership Financial Services
Status In Progress
Timeframe June 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020

Coordinating the plan and timeline for the efforts leading up to the negotiations for the facilities and administrative cost rate.

Sep 2018 Jul 2020
Facilities and Administrative Cost Proposal
Goals Ensure project tasks are completed on time to meet deadline for indirect cost proposal submission.
Project Manager Phillip Valine
Stakeholders Financial Services, Planning and Design Construction, campus constituents
Leadership Financial Services
Status In Progress
Timeframe September 2018 through July 31, 2020

Coordinating the redesign and update of the Financial Services website.

Jun 2020 Dec 2020
Financial Services Website
Goals Consolidate and make customer centric updates to our Financial Services website.
Project Manager Phillip Valine
Stakeholders Financial Services
Leadership Financial Services
Status In Progress
Timeframe June 24, 2020 through December 23, 2020

Financial Services is committed to supporting and ensuring the optimization of our financial system. We assist and lead upgrades and releases of new code.

Jul 2020 Jun 2021
Financial System Support
Goals Ensure teams effectively carryout the strategic direction given for the financial system.
Project Manager Mary Baum
Stakeholders Financial Services, UITS, Campus Community
Leadership UAccess Financials Governance and Strategy Committees
Status Ongoing
Timeframe July 2020 through June 2021

Our UAccess Learning administrators provide support for our instructors and learners related to the enterprise system. We administer and manage Financial Services trainings as well as participate in upgrades and releases to production.

Jul 2020 Jun 2021
Learning Management System Support
Goals Ensure the optimization of the enterprise learning management system.
Project Manager Alexa Rohr
Stakeholders Financial Services, UITS, Campus Community
Leadership UAccess Learning Governance
Status Ongoing
Timeframe July 2020 through June 2021

 

Project Roadmap

Completed Projects

Upgrade the technical framework for the Tuition Calculator web application and develop a new administration dashboard to manage the tuition data.

Dec 2019 Jul 2020
Tuition Calculator
Goals Optimize the technical framework for the Tuition Calculator web application. Develop a new administration dashboard to allow the Bursar team to easily manage all the tuition data displayed on the Tuition Calculator.
Project Manager Phillip Valine
Stakeholders University of Arizona Students, Faculty, and Staff
Leadership Financial Services
Status Completed
Timeframe December 2019 through July 10, 2020

Upgrade framework for current application and implement functional enhancements.

Oct 2019 Jul 2020
PCard Operation Center
Goals Optimize technical framework for the PCard Operation Center application and ensure requirements are met for both the PCard administration and Compliance teams.
Project Manager Alexa Rohr
Stakeholders Financial Services
Leadership PCard Compliance, PCard Administration
Status Completed
Timeframe October 2019 through July 20, 2020

Implementation team will form this Fall, JPMorgan Chase Bank will provide comprehensive banking services to the University that will not only save money but continue to provide excellent service to the University community.

Feb 2019 Apr 2020
New Bank
Goals Successfully transition the university from current bank to JPMorgan Chase.
Project Manager Mary Baum
Stakeholders Financial Services, Campus Community
Leadership New Bank Steering Committee
Status Completed
Timeframe February 2019 through April 30, 2020

Modify existing application to include an option for distributing checks through the Bursar's Office.

Oct 2019 Dec 2019
Special Handling Log Bursar
Goals Add functionality to allow checks to be signed for through the Bursar’s Office using already existing Special Handling Log application. Ensure documentation is updated for existing users and created for the new user unit.
Project Manager Phillip Valine
Stakeholders Financial Services
Leadership Financial Services
Status Completed
Timeframe October 2019 through December 2019

Implement a Capital Physical Inventory solution that interfaces/updates our financial system of record.

Jul 2018 Mar 2020
Capital Asset Inventory Management
Goals Implement a solution that will meet Capital Finance and asset custodian’s needs for inventory purposes.
Project Manager Alexa Rohr
Stakeholders Financial Services, UITS Enterprise Business Analysts, Campus Community
Leadership Capital Finance
Status Completed
Timeframe July 2018 through March 2020

Lead RFP for Budget and Planning tool. Provide support for the successful implementation of Axiom software. Work with the Budget Office to develop on demand training.

Nov 2018 Mar 2020
Budget and Planning
Goals Work with the Budget Office stakeholders to ensure a successful implementation of Axiom and adoption from the campus community.
Project Manager Phillip Valine
Stakeholders Budget Office, Financial Services, Campus Community
Leadership Budget Office
Status Completed
Timeframe November 2018 through March 2020

Upgrade framework and migrate current application to Portal.

Jan 2019 Oct 2019
Travel Advance Settlements
Goals Migrate application to a new server and take the opportunity to implement technical enhancements.
Project Manager Phillip Valine
Stakeholders Financial Services
Leadership Accounts Payable
Status Completed
Timeframe January 2019 through October 2019

Upgrade framework and migrate current application to Portal.

Dec 2018 May 2019
Special Handling Log
Goals Migrate application to a new server and take the opportunity to implement technical enhancements.
Project Manager Juanita McCune
Stakeholders Financial Services
Leadership Accounts Payable
Status Completed
Timeframe December 2018 through May 2019

Select and implement new Identification Card vendor.

Jul 2016 Dec 2018
Integrated Database Management System
Goals Implement a new IDMS software to create efficiencies within the CatCard office and our campus community.
Project Manager Suellyn Caywood
Stakeholders Financial Services, Campus Community
Leadership Bursar
Status Completed
Timeframe July 2016 through December 2018

Upgrade current Kuali 3.0 code to target Kuali 7.0 code maintaining current functionality with minimal impact to campus.

Jul 2015 Aug 2018
Upgrade Financial System
Goals Be as close to current Kuali code as possible with minimal impact to campus.
Project Manager Suellyn Caywood
Stakeholders Financial Services, UITS, UAIR, Campus Community
Leadership UAccess Financials Steering and Governance Committees
Status Completed
Timeframe July 2015 through August 2018

Initiatives & Outreach Team

Mary Baum, PMP, CSM

Manager, Initiatives and Outreach
520-626-3050
maryb@arizona.edu

Alexa Rohr, CSM

Business Analyst, Principal
520-621-5802
arohr@arizona.edu

Akhil Kanakkassery

Business Analyst, Senior
520-621-0795
akhilashokk@arizona.edu

Phillip Valine, CSM

Business Analyst
520-621-8615
pjvaline@arizona.edu

Judy Miranda

Business Analyst
520-626-3090
ymiranda@arizona.edu