A Message from the Vice President of IT

From Imad Constantini, Information Technology vice president:

New Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Implementation
Progress continues on Austin Community College District's (ACC) new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software implementation. On January 28, 2020, ACC contracted with Workday, Inc. to implement its Finance Management, Human Capital Management, and Student software. Workday is an industry-leading, modern, cloud-based, fully integrated, and mobile-friendly solution.

IT is committed to the ACC's strategic goal to provide effective and efficient operations and infrastructure. Workday was selected and will be implemented collaboratively through strong partnerships with all stakeholder departments in the college and with end-to-end technology and business processes in mind. 

With the software selected, IT is working closely with the ACC Procurement Team to contract with a systems integrator (SI) who will work closely with ACC to implement Workday's suite of software. The SI will help ensure the software is configured to the college's needs and that it works well in ACC's technology ecosystem. An SI will be selected in February with implementation work currently scheduled to begin in June 2020.

You can keep up to date with the latest news on the ERP implementation at austincc.edu/erp. Additionally, ACC IT will launch a comprehensive project site for project stakeholders complete with project updates and milestones in March 2020.

Over the winter break, IT moved the first of several major services to a new, state-of-the-art data facility. In addition to the new facility, Ellucian Colleague was also migrated to a newer, more capable, vendor-supported server. With the move, Colleague is now able to run many processes in half its usual run time, including many reports, pay-as-you-go registration, and annual regulatory processing such as 1098-Ts. The Colleague user interfaces also was upgraded to the latest version (5.12).

Self-Service received an upgraded over winter break to improve performance and correct issues. It now allows immediate posting of Global Announcements to keep students informed.

ACC Blackboard received major upgrades over the winter break including a move from ACC servers to Blackboard servers. This move increased ACC Blackboard's overall performance by 75 percent and set the stage for an eventual cloud migration. Once in the cloud, ACC Blackboard will be able to support the latest feature offerings from Blackboard, giving the college access to more educational and classroom tools for faculty and students.

ACC IT also deployed cloud integration. With cloud integration, instructors and students may copy files from their preferred major storage solution, including OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, Google Drive (including G-suite accounts), DropBox, or Box, directly to Blackboard.