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Steering Committee Meeting Sunflower Project Statewide Financial Management System Update. January 16, 2009. Today’s Topics. Project status and activities – Kent IV&V - Peggy Agency feedback on CRPs – Peggy Change control – Peggy Summary of Analyze phase – Gary

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steering committee meeting sunflower project statewide financial management system update

Steering Committee MeetingSunflower ProjectStatewide Financial Management System Update

January 16, 2009

today s topics
Today’s Topics
  • Project status and activities – Kent
  • IV&V - Peggy
  • Agency feedback on CRPs – Peggy
  • Change control – Peggy
  • Summary of Analyze phase – Gary
  • Labor distribution analysis – Gary
  • System name – Kent
the 1 st six months of the project winding down end of analysis phase
The 1st Six Months of the ProjectWinding Down – End of Analysis Phase


mid- November





Oct 6th

Begin FMS Team


Begin Conference

Room Pilots



Build-out of Data Center

Including SHARP II


Standards Complete and

Published to Agencies

Analysis Phase Complete


Project Activities

  • Staffing:
    • Filled 2 of 3 training positions
    • Filled remaining position for Agency Readiness team
    • Last developer on-board
    • One position open for security analyst
  • Conference Room Pilots – complete
    • Surveyed participants for feedback
  • KITO Reporting
    • Pre-Implementation – final submittal
    • Implementation – quarterly filing
  • QA Plan - complete

Project Activities – Deliverables

  • Twenty-seven (27) deliverables scheduled to be submitted as of 01/15/09
  • Twenty-three (23) deliverables have been submitted to-date (remaining 4 deliverables are in final review and will be submitted early next week
  • Deliverables encompass the following areas:
    • Project Controls
    • Functional
    • Technical
    • Enterprise Readiness
    • Special scope sections
      • KDOT
      • FARMS & Central Cashier
      • BMS
      • State Treasurer Systems
      • SHARP Integration
      • Labor Distribution

Project Activities – Miscellaneous

  • Continuing build-out of data center for Development and Testing environments – February 1st
  • Published 1st electronic newsletter
  • Forming a data warehouse advisory group (data experts from large agencies, Legislative post-audit, KU)
  • Oracle demonstration (today) of five non-core Purchasing-related modules; Chris Howe and FMS team to decide which modules to implement for the July 2010 “big bang”; will inform Steering Committee at February meeting of final decision

Pending Design Decisions

  • Number of GL business units
  • Finalize chart of accounts
  • Method for Interfund processing
  • Auto-numbering vs. smart numbering
  • Encumbrances
  • Strategy to capture greater percentage of spend data
  • Most of these decisions will be made in next 2 months during
  • the Design phase

Independent Validation & Verification Review

  • On-site all week
  • Attended meetings
  • Reviewed documents (SOW, Project Charter, Project schedule, Change Control Process)
  • Interviewed 16 project team members (State and Accenture)
  • Draft report due January 23rd

Change Agent Network Launch

  • Orient change agents to the Sunflower Project and their roles
  • Agency Change Agents include the Agency Primary Contact, Technical Contact, Training Contact and subject matter experts (SMEs)
  • Agency Change Agents will be the primary point of contact between the Project and the agency
  • Agency change agents will be responsible for:
    • Disseminating relevant project information
    • Ensuring agency personnel are adequately trained
    • Advocate the Sunflower Project and champion change throughout the agency
about survey
About Survey
  • Sent to all CRP participants on December 19
    • One survey per person
      • Ex: 1 CRP attended = 1 Survey, 10 CRPs attended = 1 Survey
    • 130 – CRP Participants Surveyed
    • Email sent to primary contact for each agency advising them of the survey
  • Responses:
    • 68 Total Responses through January 8, 2009
  • 52% Response Rate
reactions to crps
Reactions to CRPs
  • Clearly described purposes of the CRP session:
    • 4.25 out of 5 (85.0%)
  • Interact about session content with Sunflower Project Team Members at an appropriate level of detail:
    • 4.08 out of 5 (81.6%)
  • My agency\'s business requirements were adequately captured during the CRPs:
    • 3.44 out of 5 (68.8%)
  • The CRP format was an effective way for me to participate in the Sunflower Project:
    • 3.97 out of 5 (79.4%)
summary of crp feedback
Summary of CRP Feedback
  • Agencies want more:
    • More one on one time with Project staff
    • More knowledge of PeopleSoft functionality
    • More knowledge of PeopleSoft integration
    • More communication on decisions like SHaRP, Time and Labor, COA, Program Codes
    • How the FMS will work for their agencies
summary of crp feedback1
Summary of CRP Feedback
  • Finance Team take-a-ways:
    • Provide future meeting information in advance if possible
    • Be respectful of agency staff time
    • Provide follow up information
    • More sessions
    • More participants
    • Smaller groups

Project Activities – Change Control Log

  • Pending change orders:
    • Set-off interfaces
    • Warrant reconciliation process

Change Control – Software Enhancements & Mods

  • Continuing weekly meetings to assess software gaps (from CRPs)
  • Gaps become candidates for mods based on benefit
  • Candidate mods are costed
  • Final decision go/no-go on each mod
  • Mods going forward follow the change control process
  • Process: design => build => test => deploy
  • 1st group of mods will be presented at February Steering Committee meeting

Summary of Analyze Phase

  • Surprisingly few mods, so far; more on this topic next month…
  • FARMS and Central Cashier replacement functionality does not appear to involve the level of mods/customizations originally anticipated
  • KDOT analysis confirmed replacement of IFIS and VES and interfacing specific KDOT systems to specific PeopleSoft modules; analysis also included an approach to transition additional KDOT systems to the FMS over time

Labor Distribution Analysis

  • Draft Analysis document distributed to Steering Committee for review
  • Analysis team included FMS, A&R, DPS and DISC
  • Three options were evaluated:
      •   No central time and labor solution
      • Implement Time and Labor for select agencies
      •   Modifications to SHARP custom Time and Leave
  • Option 2 had several variations in areas such as on-line time entry into PS Time and Labor, employee self-service, workflow approvals and architecture
guiding principles
Guiding Principles

Agencies should be able retain their current level of functionality in terms of electronic approvals, workflow, employee self-service capabilities; agencies should not have to “take a step” backward to use the central labor distribution solution.

The solution will minimize additional modifications to SHARP and use delivered functionality wherever possible.

The solution will move the State towards its stated vision of employee self-service and electronic workflow for leave requests and time approval.

The solution will not add significant risk to the overall Sunflower Project.

The solution will minimize the amount of on-going support required by DISC, A&R and DPS by minimizing the number of interfaces from agency time capture systems to SHARP, the number of rule sets and other areas of complexity and the amount of periodic maintenance required.

Don’t force agencies to use more than one time capture system.

central labor distribution other considerations
Central Labor Distribution – Other Considerations
  • Timekeepers vs. self-service, i.e. number of users
  • Three agencies would like to retain their current time capture systems and interface to PS Time and Labor
  • Resources needed during implementation from DPS, DISC and A&R
  • Involvement of agencies in Analyze, Build and Test, Deploy phases
  • Training required for administrators, supervisors, staff
  • Impact on SHARP Integration and SHARP changes
  • Overall risk to the project
  • Resources needed for post go-live support
options and recommended option
Options and Recommended Option
  • Option 1 does not meet agencies’ needs and will require agencies to maintain legacy and “shadow” systems . Option 1 runs counter to the objectives of the Sunflower Project, i.e. to move agencies to single platform/application
  • Option 2 meets the agencies’ needs, supports the strategic direction for SHARP and aligns with the guiding principles; it provides the platform to easily bring on other agencies and move towards employee self-service
  • Option 3 does not support the strategic direction for SHARP and does not align with the guiding principles (for these reasons in-depth analysis of Option 3 was not performed)
  • Several variations on Option 2 were analyzed by the team in subsequent sessions
option 2 architecture
Option 2 – Architecture
  • Alternative #1
  • High risk
  • Impacts all employees
  • More implementation effort and less maintenance
  • Alternative #2
  • Less risk
  • No impact on SHARP for 95% of State employees who do not need labor distribution
  • Less implementation effort more maintenance effort
  • Mods required



central labor distribution recommendation
Central Labor Distribution – Recommendation
  • Project is in good shape, i.e. scope control, on-schedule and w/i budget
  • Team is doing a very good job of vetting and controlling potential mods
  • Agencies are on-board and need this functionality
  • Strong and capable State leadership for Central Systems Integration – Pam Fink
  • Knowledgeable functional consultant provided by Accenture
  • Central agency resource needs (A&R and DPS) have been addressed
  • Positions the State for the future – 25 add’l agencies have a need for labor distribution and would be brought on after “go-live”
  • Project has the resources and the momentum
  • Recommendation: proceed with implementation
system name
System Name
  • Shortlist of candidate names:
  • SOLAR – Statewide On-Line Accounting & Reporting System
  • KARMS – Kansas Accounting, Reporting & Management System
  • KIFS – Kansas Integrated Financial System
  • SMART – Statewide Management Accounting Reports Technology
  • KFIS – Kansas Financial Information System
  • ASTRA – Automated Statewide Reporting & Accounting System
  • Finalists:
  • KSMART – Kansas Statewide Management Accounting and Reporting Tools
  • SMART – Statewide Management Accounting and Reporting Tools
  • SMARTK – Statewide Management Accounting and Reporting Tools for Kansas
questions and answers
Questions and Answers

For additional information on the project, please see

the project website: