The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive public universities in the United States, offering more than 370 fields of study at campuses in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, Crookston, and Rochester. It also has six agricultural experiment stations, two biological stations, one forestry station, and regional extension services throughout the state.
The university’s capital planning and project management department oversees approximately 300 capital projects annually, valued at US$250 million. Typically, 10 to 15 of those projects have budgets exceeding US$2 million.
“An important reason that we chose Oracle’s Primavera Unifier was that it is designed as an owner’s application; in other words, it is designed with the business user in mind,” said Kevin McCourt, business manager, capital planning and project management department, University of Minnesota. “It offers comprehensive project management capabilities, is not complex to use, and is highly configurable.”
Two university employees and two consultants implemented Primavera Unifier in two phases, using the solution’s configuration capabilities to customize the group’s business processes. It first converted those unrelated to finance. The team next developed the financial and accounting processes, which included creating an automated interface to the university’s PeopleSoft general ledger system.