The KFS Implementation Communications team has been working hard to keep you in touch with the latest on the KFS at Cornell project. During year one of the implementation, we built a website that includes a project overview, discussion of the KFS chart of accounts, milestones and strategies, events calendar, frequently asked questions, video presentations, and contacts (for us here and for your campus liaisons in the colleges and units). We’ve also created this very active blog that features posts from our project leaders and big wins we expect to gain from the system.
Now that we’ve entered year two, we’re changing our focus from high-level project information to details about the KFS modules that will go live on July 11, 2011, and new terms and concepts that you’ll need to understand when we move into training, like the roles that provide access and drive workflow in KFS. All of this web activity is the prelude to you “getting your hands dirty” working in the system.
Over the past several months, we’ve heard comments like, “It’s too soon to think about all of this.” We disagree. KFS is an enormous system that will replace virtually all of the centrally distributed financial software you use, and will provide new features that we have not had at Cornell before. Change of this magnitude can’t happen overnight.
It is the goal of the entire KFS Implementation team to make switching to the new system as painless as possible. Our part is to provide the information you need to make that transition, whenever you engage. For some, we are moving too quickly; others are urging us to provide more.
I encourage you to at least begin to explore this blog, the KFS website, particularly the videos available there. Now that the Chart of Accounts section is nearly complete, we will begin to roll out information on the KFS modules. Training will begin before you know it.
And save the date: Thursday, January 13, 2011, when we will host Kuali Day @ Cornell! It will be the kick-off for the final push to KFS going live in July 2011, and an opportunity for you to spend the day digging much deeper into module functionality in preparation for the extensive training to come.
We also hope that you will share information with your colleagues. Despite our efforts and the diligent work of the campus liaisons, there are still folks who have little or no exposure to KFS. Please help us spread the word. If you’re speaking to a fellow financial professional who hasn’t heard about KFS or is waiting for training, please send them the link to this blog or our site at kfs.dfa.cornell.edu.
It can’t be soon enough!
KFS Campus Readiness Lead