What is ctcLink?
ctcLink is the implementation of a single, centralized system of online functions to give students, faculty and staff anytime, anywhere access to a modern, efficient way of doing their college business. But, it's about much more than new software. As the current 30-year-old computer system is replaced, colleges will also align their core business processes with the delivered software solution, making for streamlined, standardized practices across the 34-college system.
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Requirements Verification was completed in April 2013, which was the process of going through the requirements in the RFP line-by-line to provide any necessary clarification regarding the specific needs of the new ctcLink system. Next, the project team--along with hundreds of system-wide SMEs--embarked on the Foundation Review Sessions portion of the Global Solution phase.
This gave system-wide SMEs a chance to learn about the foundational aspects of the new system and how it will work and integrate across all business areas of the college. SMEs also got a closer look at the inner-workings of PeopleSoft system in specific areas such as Payroll, Benefits Administration, Purchasing, Budgeting, Financial Aid, Recruiting/Admissions and Academic Advising.
The Foundation Review sessions helped prepare for the Business Process Alignment sessions, which were held June 17 through August 28. This was a detailed review of specific business processes in PeopleSoft. Business Process Diagrams (BPDs) were used to illustrate the flow of core business processes from start to finish and also help to determine the roles (who will perform which tasks) associated with each process. The decisions made during the Foundation Review/Decisions process, and the final BPDs will guide system Configuration, which has already begun and will continue into 2014.
- Global Solution: Plan, configure, build the new software solution, align business processes (March 2013 - Jan 2014)
- FirstLink Implementation : CCs of Spokane and Tacoma CC will implement and go live in August 2014
- Waves: Following FirstLink implementation, there will be three deployment waves of up to 12 colleges per wave. Go live dates: Wave 1: May 2015; Wave 2: May 2016; Wave 3: May 2017. See the ctcLink Implementation Timeline.
After a comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP) and vendor evaluation process from April-August 2012, followed by two months of in-depth contract negotiations, Ciber was chosen as our system integration partner for ctcLink implementation. Ciber began working on the project in February 2013.
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