Thursday, June 4, 2020

What comes next? Beyond the Architect Sessions

An update from Nicole Ferretti, FST Financial Lead

To date, we have had 46 architect sessions, spanning a total of 12 functional areas.  That sounds like a lot of work, done – but it’s only a start!  The architect sessions are not final decisions in the iterative process that is configuration and prototype.

Now that formal architect sessions are over, another job is beginning:  we have lots of decisions to make at this point, regarding process flows, notifications, integrations, security, and more. These decisions will require feedback from senior leadership, stakeholders, and focus groups. The recommendations made by these groups will shape the configuration workbooks.

What’s a configuration workbook? It's this week's Workday Word, to start with.  Click here for more info.

Essentially, the Configuration Workbook functions as a blueprint for the tenant (UVA’s instance of Workday Financials).  Once that blueprint is in place, we transition into configuration and prototyping.  We’ll build the first configuration, then meet with end-users.  Their feedback will be used to build a second version of the tenant, and then we’ll pull end-users together again for feedback.  If time allows, we may even be able to add a third build into this process!

The feedback will be gathered from those who are touched by the processes.  With their guidance, we will refine the tenant again and again to produce the most serviceable instance of Workday Financials for UVA.  Where the architect sessions were fairly preliminary, these testing and prototype sessions will be heavily interactive, featuring our data. 

Let us know if you have any questions or comments:   Hop on over to the Online Community for a quick visual on how this process will take shape, and join in the discussion!

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