From the Desk of Stephen Dodge
Sept. 13, 2018
In our on-going efforts to improve services and business processes and create efficiencies, the Department of Human Resources has been revisiting the way we do things and exploring technology options. In doing this, our team has been working within budgetary challenges while balancing service delivery and client needs.
On the technology front, we have been collaborating with Information Technology Services (ITS) on a couple of key projects. The first project relates to the upgrade of Banner HR. Since December 2012, Memorial has used Banner HR to support a range of functions necessary for human resources administration. Since incorporating Banner HR into our processes, the university has kept current with the version we use (Banner 8). Memorial has been informed by the software provider (Ellucian) that as of the end of 2018 they will no longer be providing regulatory upgrades for Banner 8 which are required for Banner HR. Therefore, to ensure the security and stability of our Banner HR environment, Memorial is moving forward with Banner 9 for Human Resources this fall.
A phased approach will be used for the roll-out. In October, Human Resources will be the first unit to transition to Banner 9. The rollout schedule will continue into 2019, with the plan to have all units transitioned by the end of that calendar year. To determine a transition schedule, Banner HR users will be contacted in advance to discuss timing and training.
Banner 9 has a number of benefits including navigation improvements, enhanced search functions and a modern user interface. While Banner 9 is a significant change, a lot of work has been done to support the switchover. ITS has implemented a new Banner 9 environment including dedicated servers for the project and extensive testing has taken place.
The second collaborative project we are working on with ITS relates to our online recruitment tool, Apply Online. We have been using Apply Online for almost 10 years and are now creating a new online application process that will feature user benefits from ease of use to time savings. We are excited about this project and will be providing more details on it as they are available.
Another major initiative involving our department is the Voluntary Retirement Program (VRP) announced in May. The need for some sort of voluntary retirement program was a recurring theme of the budget consultations led by the Integrated Planning Committee earlier this year. Phases one and two of the program resulted in over 40 applicants approved by Vice Presidents Council and there has been a lot of interest in phase three which is scheduled to close on Sept. 14. Please click here for details on the program.
Banner 9, the new online application system and the VRP are just some of the projects Human Resources has been working on. These projects are important as we continue to look for ways to be more efficient and improve our services to our clients throughout the university.