ATP prepares for next phase of work

Following approval from the Board of Regents on Oct. 8, the Administrative Transformation Program (ATP) will close out its current Preplanning Phase and prepare for the next phase of activities. Phase 1 is expected to begin in July 2021, following a six-month preparation period.

ATP’s next phase will focus on designing and readying UW’s staff for a new administrative infrastructure, as well as proceeding with software procurement efforts and contracting a system implementation partner. This work includes:

  • Collaborating with Systemwide subject-matter experts to redesign business processes and simplify the policy landscape
  • Implementing the cloud-based ERP to replace Human Resource System (HRS) and Shared Financial System (SFS)
  • Working with local units to assess the hundreds of administrative ancillary systems and understand their role following the implementation of the new ERP
  • Implementing a new, comprehensive software that will support the entire life cycle of research administration, from pre- through post-award.
  • Introducing a comprehensive learning and development plan to prepare faculty and staff for the future of work at UW
  • Expanding the Ambassador Program across the UW System

The October 2020 Board of Regents approval is the culmination of years of discovery work and partnership between ATP and HR, finance, and research administration staff throughout the UW System. This collaboration has laid the groundwork for ATP to realize its mission of standardizing processes, streamlining policies, and implementing an integrated, best-in-class enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for all of the UW.

“The collaboration between ATP and our Systemwide stakeholders has been vital as we’ve built the program’s foundation,” says ATP Program Director Nicholas Tincher. “We’re excited to see our collective vision put into action.”

ATP received approval from the Board of Regents in February 2019 to initiate preplanning activities; the Preplanning Phase was extended into December 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic response. Across its two phases, ATP is expected to have a five-year duration.