You may recall that Information Technology Services hired a consulting firm to develop the replacement time off request system to work in our new Office 365 environment. As we tested and retested the product that was developed, we felt the functionality and features were not adequate for the university to use. Although much work and effort has gone into the development of the new system, we decided to look at other options.
The good news is that in the past year, many new commercial products became available that have many of the features we have been looking for. Information Technology Services, Human Resources, and Payroll revisited the functional criteria, and developed a short list of potential vendors. This short list should be narrowed down to the top two by the end of February. Watch for a University Wide Notice for presentations of the top two products, and attend if you are interesting in helping us select a solution. The goal is to decide on a product by the end of March.
We will keep you informed on the product selection and implementation time lines in future communications.
We know that the current process is difficult to use, and we apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused you. Thank you for your patience.
Chief Technology Officer
Ferris State University