Three-week Umoja Workshop completed in Valencia; Umoja becoming a reality
Posted: Monday, 4 March 2013, New York | Author: Umoja
UN Member States have expressed renewed faith in Umoja, as reflected in GA Resolution
of 4 February, thanks to the efforts of the many colleagues involved in the project as well as its restructured governance and deployment plans.
With just 120 days to go before the Umoja Pilot at United Nations Interim Force and the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator in Lebanon, the project is proceeding on schedule and fast becoming a reality for the UN Secretariat.
Umoja includes the implementation of SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and streamlining of UN administrative processes; by 2016, the UN Secretariat will transition to Umoja as its central administrative tool, leaving behind multiple IT legacy systems.
The momentum continued to build at a 3-week realisation workshop held at the UN Global Support Centre in Valencia from 4-22 February, which was attended by fifty Umoja Site Coordinators and Local Process Experts - focal points for the Umoja solution - representing the Peacekeeping Missions which will deploy Umoja in 2013.
The Umoja Site Teams from these Missions worked with colleagues from HQ to rigorously test the Umoja solution and conducting “deep dives” into SAP scenarios such as Finance, Procurement, Services to Public and Staff and Real Estate. As a result, the Site Coordinators are now thoroughly familiar with the software at the heart of Umoja.
The workshop in Valencia coincided with the 2nd cycle of testing of the Umoja solution in progress at UNHQ. With participation from 70 New York-based colleagues from various departments, in addition to the 50 field-based colleagues testing in Valencia, the intensive 2nd cycle of testing is a significant milestone for Umoja, further ensuring the reliability and performance of the solution.
Following the Pilot deployment in July, Umoja will roll-out at the following Missions in October 2013:
- United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
- United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei
- African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur
- United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- United Nations Mission in Liberia
- United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire
- United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara
- United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (Syria)
- United Nations Global Support Centre in Brindisi
- United Nations Support Office for AMISOM
- UN Regional Service Centre in Entebbe
- United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti
- United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
Training at each site will take place approximately 4-6 weeks before deployment, using a “Train-the-Trainer” approach by which local staff at each Mission will train others at their site, thus preparing 2500 Umoja end-users by the end of 2013. This method will be replicated for the rest of the global Secretariat as Umoja’s deployment proceeds in 2014.
Umoja would like to thank the hundreds of colleagues involved in its recent realisation, change management and testing activities for their tremendous efforts and invaluable contribution to a successful deployment in 2013!
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