12:45:26 PM CDT - Thursday, August 25, 2005
Banner, WIN, go-live, ERP, SCT — what's it all mean? Because WSU's conversion to a comprehensive computer network system doesn't come with a decoder ring, here's a list of some of the acronyms and words that are associated with the conversion project.
ERP: In the business world, this stands for enterprise resource planning. An ERP system refers to a single, coordinated database for handling all of an organization's functions and business.
WIN: At WSU, the new ERP system has been dubbed the WSU Information Network, or WIN.
SCT: In spring 2004, WSU inked a deal with SunGard SCT Inc. to provide the new database system. Trainers from the company have been periodically on campus to help WSU work out the details and implement the new system.
Banner: This is the major business software system used in WSU's WIN project.
Portal: This will be an intranet system, used primarily by faculty, staff and students, that allows the WSU community to do various functions such as entering purchase requisitions and grades, register for classes, etc. It will be a login, password-protected system. It's expected to become active in January.
Go-live: This refers to the date that a particular function or module of the system will become activated online and when all the activities in that area will be conducted through WIN.
— Amy Geiszler-Jones