Project BOOST, launched in January 2012 to upgrade Franklin & Marshall College's software systems, has entered its second phase, to be completed in early 2016.
BOOST, which stands for Building on Opportunities for Streamlined Technology, is F&M's Enterprise Resource Planning project to modernize the computer software systems that manage the College's student and academic information, human resources and finances.
Two-thirds of the work will be completed by the end of this calendar year, said Jay Eckles, director of Information Technology Services' Enterprise Systems and Web Services.
Phase II will involve a re-design of the Inside F&M page that includes re-arranging the page's information and the links, Eckles said.
Overall, the second phase focuses on five key initiatives:
1. Improving the user experience with self-service tools
2. Enhancing information delivery
3. Electronically filing documents
4. Streamlining back-office processes
5. Removing F&M's remaining dependency on the legacy software system
The work is necessary as the College finishes replacing the last 10 percent of a 25-year-old software system, antiquated by today's technology standards, Eckles said. He said the F&M community should experience minimal, if any, disruption during the upgrades.
"We're removing an antiquated electrical system from an old house and replacing it with a modern electrical system," Eckles said. "It has served us extremely well. No one gets 25 years out of a software system."