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Town Hall Attendance Exceeded Expectations
If the few empty seats in the SMC Campus Center Ballroom is any indication, the UMB community is excited to get information about the Quantum Financials implementation project to replace eUMB Financials and RAVEN.
The first Town Hall offered by the Quantum Financials implementation team was held on January 22, 2018. Since registration was not required, the team did not know how many people would answer the call to hear firsthand about the project from the Executive Sponsors, Dawn Rhodes, Peter Murray, and Scott Bitner, as well as the Project Managers, Kevin Curley and Diane Faranetta.
The team was pleasantly surprised when the room, set up for 200 people, quickly filled up. Peter Murray, Chief Information Officer and Vice President, spoke about the reason for the change, how the Oracle Cloud product was selected, and some benefits UMB expects to achieve. Dawn Rhodes, Chief Business and Finance Officer and Vice President, shared more on what is and is not changing, the vision for the new system, and user engagement opportunities. Scott Bitner, Associate Vice President for Budget and Finance, spoke about the project team's progress to date, timeline, and changes coming to the UMB’s chart of accounts. The group also presented the project's guiding principles.
Kevin Curley, one of the Quantum Financials Project Managers, introduced the project team, including his counterpart, Diane Faranetta. He then spoke about the implementation methodology the team is following, and the efforts the team is focusing on. Existing and future campus engagement opportunities were highlighted by Michele Evans, Change Management Lead. The Town Hall ended with a robust question and answer session where the audience had a chance to ask questions of the Executive Sponsors, Project Managers and Project Team Leads.
Thanks to all for making the first Town Hall a great success. Watch for upcoming events where you, too, can continue to be part of the change!