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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.

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Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

January 13th, 2022

In less than 18 months, UW Finance Transformation (UWFT) will go live and begin to transform our fragmented and out-of-date finance policies, processes and systems. This work is vital so that we can advance our University’s public mission of education, discovery, community service and patient care. 

This new infrastructure, set to launch in July 2023, will enable us to make real-time, well-informed and... Read more

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Executive Director, UW Finance Transformation

December 15, 2021

As we approach the end of 2021, looking back at this time last year  -- December 2020 -- we were all in waiting mode. The COVID-19 vaccine was starting to be administered. We had hopes of resuming leisure travel, reopening businesses and returning to campus. Within UW Finance Transformation (UWFT), the program also took a moment and decided to insert a new stage --... Read more

November 16, 2021

By:  Francis Sadac, Training Lead, UWFT
Amber True, Training Designer/Developer, UWFT

There’s no need to wait for a “formal invitation.” As part of UW Finance Transformation’s (UWFT) training approach and to assist staff who have expressed eagerness to gain more financial knowledge or wondered... Read more

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The Dauntless Spirit Driving UWFT's Technical Pillar

October 19, 2021

Gail Rogers brings many years of senior-level success in building strong, cohesive teams to achieve business and IT strategic goals and deliver complex, large-scale technology solutions. She has experience across several industries and technologies including SAP, Oracle, geographic information systems and business intelligence. Gail joined the... Read more

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President, University of Washington

September 13, 2021

Last week, our University’s Board of Regents voted to approve a revised scope, schedule and budget for the UW Finance Transformation (UWFT) program, an undertaking as big and complex as it is mission-critical. As I wrote last year, updating our nearly-five-... Read more

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Organizational Change Management Pillar Lead, UW Finance Transformation

August 10, 2021

When change requires us to alter the way we’ve done things for years, or brings new concepts into our vocabulary, it can be daunting. The UW Finance Transformation (UWFT) program may seem that way to many users of the University’s finance and supply chain systems. But imagine being able to approach your work in your comfort zone, understanding all the financial systems and... Read more

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Design Spend Manager, UW Finance Transformation

July 13th, 2021

With thousands of UW employees relying on financial data and processes to do their work, how will UW Finance Transformation (UWFT) confirm that our new finance and supply chain solution is designed to accurately meet their needs? The answer lies within a sprint.

Sprints help UWFT ensure the design of a comprehensive, user-friendly and efficient system. How is this done? Through validation,... Read more

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Technology Change Management Director, UW Finance Transformation

June 24, 2021

One of the major goals of the UW Finance Transformation (UWFT) program is to collaboratively redesign our finance-related systems so they better align with Workday® and enterprise tools functionality. As you can imagine, this is a huge lift, involving many units and systems throughout the institution.

In 2020, the UWFT technology change management (TCM) team worked with our stakeholders to... Read more

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Guardian of the UWFT Pillars

May 19th, 2021

Chris Mercer brings over 30 years’ experience in enterprise risk management and IT project management in higher education and healthcare, and has implemented Workday®, Oracle and Peoplesoft. He has worked as a consultant with multiple higher education clients and several R1... Read more

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Training Lead, UW Finance Transformation

April 20, 2021

Planning has started in the UW Finance Transformation (UWFT) program for a comprehensive, structured training program to enable UW employees to thrive in the new world of streamlined and Workday®-enabled finance and supply chain processes. We know transformation programs often result in new ways of working and in new tools and skills, which require the need for users to acquire knowledge and... Read more