CSM update: SAP training begins!

This week, we ran our first SAP training session. The two day course was attended by DMU staff who will test our new SAP system as part of the Core Systems Modernisation (CSM) programme.


CSM is the university’s biggest ever change programme and will see our core IT systems for finance, procurement, people, payroll and student lifecycle management being replaced with a system called SAP. 

Release 1 of SAP (predominately Finance and Procurement) will go-live in exactly 10 weeks (29 July). To ensure the system works the way we need it to we have scheduled three testing phases. There are two phases of Systems Integration Testing, this will test SAP’s ability to work with our existing systems and ensures that from a technical viewpoint the system behaves as it should for each step of our transactions. This will be followed by a phase of ‘user acceptance testing’. This phase is really important and is where we test that SAP works for our users. Real DMU users will run various real life scenarios in real time to ensure SAP operates to our specifications.

This week we trained 27 DMU staff on how to access SAP and carry out the necessary navigational and transactional operations in our new system. This is to enable them to run the test scenarios through SAP before we go-live.

We spoke to John Gamble, who attended the training session, he said “I found the navigation session in preparation for the User Acceptance Testing extremely interesting and quite reassuring! Anyone who is familiar with using the Internet, Google Chrome or even Amazon, will find navigation through SAP fairly intuitive and easy to pick up. It didn’t take long to recognise which buttons I needed to press to move easily through the system."

For more information on CSM, visit the webpage here.

If you have any suggestions, feedback or questions about CSM, please email us at CSMquestions@dmu.ac.uk.

Posted on Friday 20th May 2016

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