UPEI announces ERP project and CIO

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Contact Person: Sheila Kerry, Media Relations and Communications Officer
Department: Integrated Communications
Phone: (902) 566-0760
Email: skerry@upei.ca
Posted on Friday, 1 August 2014

Over the past number of years, the University has been exploring the implementation of a new administrative enterprise resource planning system (ERP).

UPEI is calling this endeavour “transformational” as it will bring the University’s human resources, student information, and financial systems to an advanced level that will improve the student experience and set the stage for long-term sustainability.

The University has been using a mix of disparate information systems to meet departmental needs. However, the fragmented approach often gets in the way of making services and resources easily accessible to students. The intent of the ERP is to provide students, staff, and faculty with modern tools, user-friendly interfaces, and a seamless environment to access the resources they need to succeed.

UPEI has appointed Dana Sanderson as Chief Information Officer (CIO) to lead the process for the selection of an ERP vendor and to implement the system that will integrate all aspects of UPEI's information technology. He will also oversee the University’s IT strategy—including governance and risk analysis—ensuring it fully supports UPEI’s academic mission.

Mr. Sanderson, a UPEI alumnus (BBA’84) who also holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa, has family roots in Prince Edward Island. Experienced in IT leadership and, in particular ERP selection and technology implementation, he has developed and introduced business and IT solutions for JD Irving, Limited for over 20 years. Most recently, he was Director of the Business Solutions Group and prior to that Director, Strategic Planning, Enterprise Architecture and Project Management Office. He begins in September.