Financial Aid Team Meets for BPM (April 9, 2010)
The OneCarolina Financial Aid team met for Business Process Modeling (BPM) sessions March 30th through April 1st. OneCarolina's BPM sessions are held to align University business processes with the proposed Banner administrative software from SunGard Higher Education.
The participants were from the University's four-year and regional campus Financial Aid offices. The meetings were facilitated by consultants from SunGard Higher Education, who assisted the group in reviewing current business practices, and comparing them with financial aid modules in Banner.
"These sessions helped us greatly increase our knowledge of the Banner system," said Jean Gasparato, compliance and systems implementation manager for Financial Aid. "We were able to familiarize our staff with the structure and operation of the Banner Financial Aid system, and to brainstorm process models for integrating our operational needs."
Business Process Modeling is a method for working out details of current business practices and building new process models that can be tested. Once the effectiveness of a new model is validated, it can be put into real world practice.
"In the sessions, we were able to identify commonalities between the current University business processes and the Banner product," said Gasparato. "Although there is a tremendous amount of work to be done, we feel much more informed and better prepared to meet the challenges that lie ahead with an implementation of this magnitude across the University."
OneCarolina teams will continue to meet with SunGard consultants for BPM sessions throughout April and May. These sessions will provide administrative process models for building the initial OneCarolina software systems.