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IRRI personnel prepare for formal testing of new system

posted Aug 6, 2013, 12:36 AM by Elemarie Rosellon ‎(IRRI)‎   [ updated Aug 13, 2013, 2:36 AM ]
OCS key business users—finance, human resources, procurement, and project management staff—have been writing detailed test scripts during the past months and are now working together to prepare for the formal testing of OCS among IRRI personnel to start on 12 August 2013.

User-Acceptance Testing (UAT) will be administered to determine if the new software system meets pre-defined acceptance criteria and to enable users to check the system in the context of the business environment where it will operate in.

OCS entails re-designed and improved workflows for employees. Through it, IRRI staff will be able to file online requests for leave, travel-related processes, and services from support units such as the Analytical Services Laboratory (ASL) and the Experiment Station (ES).

Staff representatives from 14 units—ASL, ES, FHS, PPS, TS, SSS, ITS, GSL, QES, TC, EVO, SHU, GQNC, and Marsman—gathered on 7 August 2013  at the Sparrow Room in Swaminathan Hall at IRRI to receive an overview and walk through of internal trading processes from Hiram Gomez, senior manager of Supply Chain Services.  

Following these preparations and testing activities, OCS will conduct a soft launch this month with a few basic functionalities in project management, procurement, and human resources. And since OCS will be a new integrated system for the Institute, all IRRI staff will have to be trained to use it. Updates and schedules for classroom training and e-Learning (online) tutorials will be announced soon.