Sunday, September 02, 2007

How 'bout those Devils!!!

How about those Devils last night? That's the way you do it!! From where I sat, they looked very good, on both sides of the ball, special teams, few penalties...Very encouraging. Congratulations to Coach Erickson and the whole team. An awesome debut.

Even with such an auspicious start, I noticed that about midway in the second quarter, some of the guys behind me in the stands were already starting with the Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda. Shoulda run this play. Coulda taken better advantage of that opportunity. Woulda been better this way than that way.

Of course, armchair analysis is part of the game. Part of every game, really. Every real fan does it. And the coaches do it too, of course, to understand where things went right and wrong, to better prepare for the next game.

We've been doing a fair amount of that lately with the OASIS project. Not so much around the deployment of Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Records, Registration or even Talent Acquisition. Those systems all went in pretty painlessly for the institution as a whole. But in the past month or so, there's been a lot of focus on the problems that the university has had adjusting to its new payroll system.

I feel a little like a football coach who's been hired to turn a team around. We changed the offense from 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust to an aggressive West Coast passing attack. We won a few games in the beginning of the season (listen to the State of IT iTunesU podcast to get an idea) and got people excited. Now, we're mid-season at half-time in the big game with the powerhouse team from ERP-U. The ERP team has dominated the NCAA for years with their crushing defense. Michigan, Minnesota, Johns Hopkins, U of A ... all of them have met their match in ERP-U and gone down to tough defeats. But so far, in our game with ERP-U, the run-and-gun game plan got us out to an early lead (installing Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Records and Registration in record time on a record scale), but near half-time, our team made a couple of errors and we threw an interception that, because of some missed tackles, got run back for a touchdown.

Now some of the fans are booing and throwing things from the stands, and a bunch of people are romanticizing about the glories of teams from yesteryear. People are saying the West Coast offense was always ill conceived and we were lucky to win our early games. "Go back to Indiana, ya bum!!" (Indiana? I've never lived in Indiana...)

But I have to tell you I'm not worried. Not one bit. It's the fourth quarter in this game with ERP-U, we're already ahead, and I know we'll win. We have tricks up our sleeves that no one in college football has ever seen, and we are not only going to the Rose Bowl, we're going to win the national championship and establish a football dynasty.

So let 'em boo and throw stuff. I love the fans. Pasadena, here we come!!!

I'm planning a series of posts this week -- a 6 part series on ERP the ASU Way.

Next up: "How Deep Was the Hole"


anonymous,  September 2, 2007 at 9:52 AM  

Football and payroll? I find it a rather odd, inappropriate analogy. The new system is a mess and communication is extremely poor. On top of the change to a biweekly lagging pay, faculty paid over the academic year were not advised that their gross pay would be even further reduced (1/20??? when it should have been the equivalent of a fiscalized 1/26). Futher, some employees are not getting paid in a timely way, department personnel have been provided with minimal to no training on this new system, and you are suggesting we all be patient with your "interception?" Should employees pass that thought on to their mortgage holders? Well, I supose there is really no choice, it's not like we can return our season tickets for a refund. We are stuck with a system that was thrown into the air, not a receiver in sight - when can we expect a drastically improved pass completion rate? By FY 09? Hmmm - Rose Bowl, an oasis dynasty? Doesn't look that way to me.

anonymous,  September 2, 2007 at 11:13 AM  

Give this some time.The web clocks been removed, nearly all the payoll glitches have been addressed. And yes, I for one don't see why some patience isn't called for...these system changes were necessary and they aren't easy anywhere they're done

Let's give this a chance to work

anonymous,  September 2, 2007 at 12:55 PM  

The thing about coulda, shoulda, woulda - all behind you. Only a real coach can call the play by play and ASU certainly has by replacing antiquated systems in a - not painless - better than most way! It is like a sport, some balls get dropped, not every play is called or executed perfect - but in the end ASU does it better!

anonymous,  September 2, 2007 at 2:08 PM  

Definitely not painless. "Better than most" - depends upon your point of reference. Better in the end - that remains to be demonstrated. Of course we will all give it time, there is no other option.

anonymous,  September 3, 2007 at 3:25 PM  

Anytime you run a payroll for 15-18,000 staff with half of them hourly - things are going to be missed. Staff does not get their time in or it is not approved by the deadlines. This is not a system failure. Nevertheless ASU must make sure that these errors are processed quickly and staff gets their pay regardless of errors in reporting or approval. Since estimated time and a web clock are no longer issues - time reporting should be improved. ASU's ability to correct errors and get updated paychecks to staff has also improved. ASU will never have a perfect payroll but we will certainly get staff paid promptly when there are errors.

quitplay07 September 6, 2007 at 11:53 AM  

Really a good thought to share especially the "shoulda, coulda, woulda" one. The OASIS project was definitely a good start.