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3 June 2013
I had meant to send an update Friday 17th May but I didn't manage to find that time to do it. It has been almost 2 months since my last update so I thought I should strike now whilst it is on my mind again! So, what has been going on these last 2 months?!?!? Read on below for the scoop!
CoA - Chart of Accounts data (inc. general ledger nominals and project ledger award/project data etc) for the pilot areas was loaded into the Proof of Concept build, "PoC0", after easter and Lee and the team have been busy running through a test schedule to test fundamental concepts of the CoA. A spectrum of transactions have been run through the system and some month end processes have been completed. If I recall there were 180+ tests in the CoA test schedule and I understand just over 1/2 of these have now been completed. This covers most of the transactional tests and the period ends. Ian Diaper has even produced some nice metrics to illustrate the progress being made:
Note: data as at w/e 10th May
Anyway, I hear that the CoA testing is helping to answer a lot of design issues/questions and really getting people engaged so I think it is great progress. Keep it up everone!
4-4-5 Calendar & an unexpected deliverable!
One of the original objectives of the project was to move from a monthly calendar to a 4-4-5 calendar. This was seen as a way to significantly improve the month end timetable. However, following some concerns raised by research services and the departments this objective has been re-considered and finance have decided that the system should remain on a monthly calendar.
Arguably that is now one less deliverable for Abacus.
But where one deliverable is removed another one is added and I am pleased to announce that Rohini Subash, one of our Abacus Analyst Programmers in Bojana's team, is expecting a baby with a delivery date of November. We are all very pleased for Rohini and wish her the very best for her delivery. We will add it to the Abacus Programme Plan! :-).
Business Requirements & System Design & Testing
Remember those? Well they have not been forgotton by the team down in the Wilkins bunker. We have started an exercise of reviewing each of the 700+ requirements to make sure that our technical design delivers each of the requirements. For each requirement identified we are providing a technical response - essentially "how the requirement is delivered on the system". Once that is complete (sometime in June) we can then begin to design some tests to test that the requirements have been delivered. In short we end up with some linked information:
Business Requirements -> Technical Design -> Tests
Meaning that via our new testing tool, Oracle Test Manager, we should be able to definitively show which requirements have been delivered and successfully tested! :-).
As the Business Requirements analysis and CoA testing draws to a close we are now able to complete our synopsis of all the customisations required. As it currently stands it looks like we will have about 100 customisations in addition to the interfaces (about 50) and the reports (about 80).
So there is a lot more hard work required over the next few months to begin to get these into our next builds.
ITESoft OCR invoice scanning/load into Oracle
I am pleased to report that this part of the project is progressing well if a little bit behind the original plan. We have made formal acceptances of the business requirements and the 'factory' build of the software over the last few months. As I write ITESoft are installing the software here at UCL and Paul Casha is busy breaking testing our shiny new scanner. We plan to pilot with some choice suppliers in July.
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