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Transformation Insights

Welcome to Transformation Insights: the UW Finance Transformation blog. This monthly blog features information and tips on UW’s new modern finance infrastructure as well as messages, commentaries and insights from program leaders and collaboration partners from across the University.

Chief of Staff and Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Office of the President & Provost; Chair, Workday Sustainment Executive Sponsor Group

September 13, 2023

Over a year and a half ago, I introduced you to our still-developing UW Finance Transformation (UWFT) operating and support model and my newly established lifestyle aboard our 42’ sailboat, Frances. On a personal note, I’m pleased to report that the Shepherds... Read more

Executive Director, UW Finance Transformation

August 9, 2023

You’ve likely heard the phrase “The future is now.” For five years, we’ve painstakingly prepared our financial work for the future state, which finally arrived when we launched Workday® Finance last month. After that monumental milestone, we immediately shifted into a new period called... Read more

President, University of Washington

July 20, 2023

It was with great excitement — and yes, a little trepidation! — that we marked a significant milestone two weeks ago: after years of planning, preparation and enormous effort, Workday® Finance went live on July 6. 

We created the UW Finance Transformation (UWFT) program five years ago, with the mission of designing a new, modern finance and supply chain infrastructure This gargantuan... Read more

Executive Director, UW Finance Transformation

June 13, 2023

After years of preparation and anticipation, we’re finally on the brink of launching Workday® Financials next month. At the end of 2022, I shared that our... Read more

Shared Services Supervisor, Shared Payments & Purchasing

May 11, 2023

When my director “volun-told” me that I would be a tester for UW Finance Transformation’s (UWFT) User Acceptance Testing (UAT), I couldn’t have been happier. She knew I’d be on board. My first thought was an excited, “Oooh, I can’t wait to get into Workday® Financials and try to break it.” And I was really curious to see if Workday is as good as everyone says it will be. I wanted to see how tasks I perform now will be... Read more

Cutover Lead, UW Finance Transformation

April 12, 2023

With just over two months until we fire up the engines to launch Workday® Financials on July 6, UW Finance Transformation (UWFT) is in the crucial time period of cutover planning

Here’s the gist about cutover: it refers to the planning and execution of activities... Read more

Training Lead, UW Finance Transformation

March 16, 2023

What’s the first thing you do when you get a new gadget or appliance for your  home? The first thing I do after unboxing it is read the instruction manual, and then I immediately search YouTube for instructional videos. I’m motivated by and eager to reap the benefits: If I can learn to operate this new remote control for my window blinds, I can keep the bright sunlight out, or if I can assemble my new... Read more

February 22, 2023

By: Margaret Shepherd, Chief of Staff and Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Office of the President & Provost; Program Sponsor, UW Finance Transformation 

Andreas Bohman, Vice... Read more

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

January 10, 2023

Happy New Year! With the turn of the calendar, it’s almost hard to believe that we’re just about six months away from launching UW Finance Transformation (UWFT) and our new finance and supply chain infrastructure.

As... Read more

Executive Director, UW Finance Transformation

December 14, 2022

Looking back, 2022 started out as the year that UW Finance Transformation (UWFT) was dedicated to charging full-steam ahead, accomplishing our goals while looking forward to go-live in July 2023. While I like that steam engine analogy, I can’t help but feel like this year has... Read more