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Project manager Michele Gross (left), project sponsors

Move-in day at the new EFS offices for project managers Michele Gross, left, and Dale Disrud, right. Associate vice presidents Steve Cawley, OIT, and Mike Volna, Controller's Office, stopped in to help celebrate the milestone.

Goodbye CUFS, hello Enterprise Financial System

By Alice Pepin

From Brief, August 10, 2005

"Copy new software. Insert in U departments and colleges. Delete old financial system. Use new system."

If only it were that simple. But a major stride toward a new financial system at the University occurred August 3, when the Enterprise Financial System (EFS) project moved into its new headquarters.

During the next two years, more than 20 project teams and hundreds of employees from U locations statewide will be actively involved in deploying the new processes, policies, and tools. EFS will replace CUFS, the U's fifth and last remaining enterprise "legacy" system. CUFS lasted 14 years, most without support from the software vendor.

EFS at Court International
2550 University Avenue W.
Suite 201-N
St. Paul, MN 55114
612-626-6111 (fax)

EFS is expected to support staff members better at all levels of expertise through improved usability and the quality and quantity of financial information. A comprehensive training and financial competency program will prepare financial staff members for the change.

The new offices seat 84 people and include five conference rooms and two training rooms, according to Michele Gross, one of the two project managers. At peak, over 100 core team members will be on site.

Project sponsors are the U Controller's Office and the Office of Information Technology.

Alice Pepin is the communications staff member for EFS.

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