UCPath Launch at UC Davis Postponed, New Date Forthcoming
UC Davis officials decide additional time needed to work with the UCPath central team to mitigate several critical issues.
Last week, University of California President Janet Napolitano approved the postponement of UCPath’s launch at UC Davis, UC Davis Medical Center and Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The decision was made following the university’s strong recommendation that UC Davis, the UCPath Central Team and the UCPath Center needed more time to properly analyze and mitigate several critical issues related to data conversion and payroll accuracy.
“We did not come to this decision lightly and believe that additional time is needed to investigate critical issues that involve pay,” said Kelly Ratliff, Vice Chancellor at UC Davis and executive sponsor of the UCPath project at UC Davis. “We appreciate all the hard work and dedication of the project team and we are now laser focused on preparing for a new launch date, which should be determined by the end of the month.”
The postponement comes after a large number of employee records improperly converted after several test periods. That impeded the ability to adequately test downstream systems, including systems that involve patient care. Additionally, payroll accuracy testing revealed an unacceptable number of pay errors, even after several rounds of testing. Ratliff says the team behind implementing UCPath will take the extra time to mitigate any current concerns.
“In preparation for our new go-live date, we are moving forward with the implementation of new business processes, the ongoing development of service channels, and the deployment of the AggieService case management tool across the university,” Ratliff said.
Ratliff went on to express her appreciation for the team members at UC Davis and the UCPath Center for their work on implementing approximately 100 new business processes developed in preparation for UCPath.
The postponement also will allow more time to provide more in-depth training to both central offices and department users in the use of the UCPath system and related processes. Freeze dates for sites like At Your Service Online, PeopleSoft and Payroll/Personal System (PPS) will be changing and those new dates will be communicated as soon as possible.