ERIC Number: ED400899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Apollo: Changing the Way We Work.
Schroeder, John R.; Bleed, Ron
In January 1994, Arizona's Maricopa Community College District issued a request for proposals to develop new administrative software applications to solve problems related to high maintenance costs for existing systems and difficulties in updating software. The result was the Apollo Project, in which the District contracted with Oracle Corporation and Axiom Business Consultants to implement Oracle Government Financials (OGF), a purchasing and accounts payable system; a new Learner Centered System (LCS), designed to collect information on student goals and help them devise a plan of study; a human resource and payroll system; and an electronic mail/office automation system. The Apollo Project involved the following six phases: (1) establishing a context, involving the examination of institutional goals, mission, and external factors; (2) establishing a framework for implementation; (3) defining a model of the new systems that emphasized the most innovative elements; (4) designing and building the system; (5) implementation; and (6) effecting continuous improvement. The most important issue in the project was the creation of an all inclusive system that would meet the needs for information cross-functionally rather than the implementation of separate systems unable to talk to one another. Currently, OGF is online and plans are underway to implement and test the LCS at two colleges in summer 1997. Two key elements of the project were the ability of personnel to be aware of different perspectives and to be flexible. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maricopa County Community Coll. District, Phoenix, AZ.