Ascend Project Timeline & Scope

The Ascend Project will kick off in October 2021 with the following revised Go-live schedule:

  • July 2023: Oracle Financials Cloud Go-live (for accounting)
  • January 2024: Enterprise Performance Management Cloud Go-live (for planning and budgeting)

For more information about Ascend’s timeline and scope, review the Ascend Project Charter.

Ascend Project Timeline

The timeline for specific activities may change as we approach our October project relaunch.

timeline

 

The initial scheduled project duration for the implementation of Oracle Cloud Financials was April 2018 through July 2021. The project paused and entered a replanning phase in December 2019, by which time significant progress had been made in the design, configuration and testing of key future state business processes. The Ascend project will leverage this foundational work and relaunch the implementation in October 2021. The new planned go-live for the financials modules is July 2023, followed by a period of post-implementation stabilization.  The existing Hyperion Planning and Budgeting on-premise system migrated to Enterprise Performance Management Cloud Service in early 2021, using the current FAU structure, and will be retrofitted to the new chart of accounts in January 2024. 

Scope

The Core Project Team is comprised of functional and technical teams, change management experts, and specialized workgroups engaged in planning, design, and testing of the new system, as well as groups focused on communicating to campus and creating training. The following business and technical areas have been identified as part of the Ascend Project scope. 

Functional Workstreams Technical Workstreams

Equipment Assets
Internal Billing
Planning & Budget
Reporting & Analytics
Application Security & Workflow
HCM/ERP Integrations
Data Clean-Up
General Ledger
Capital Projects
Receivables
Cash Management 
Procure-to-Pay (Procurement, Payables)
Expenses
Grant & Contract Management
Gifts and Endowments
Faculty Commitments

Middleware Integration Platform
App Development PaaS
Infrastructure/Environment Management
IDM
Integrations
Data Conversion
Security/Audit
Data Warehouse & BI