Staff briefing sessions continue for Core Systems Modernisation

This week, briefing sessions took place for DMU staff who are Budget Holders and Approvers at the university, so they could learn how Core Systems Modernisation (CSM) will transform the way they work when the first phase goes live at the end of July.


CSM is the university’s biggest ever change programme and will see all core IT systems including: Finance, Procurement, People, Payroll and student lifecycle management being replaced with a system called SAP. SAP is a state-of-the-art, fully integrated business management system that is used in more than 130,000 businesses and universities across the world.

The sessions were opened by Warren Manning who is Deputy Dean of Technology and Head of School of Engineering and Sustainable Development as well as Business Change Manager for the CSM programme. He was joined by two CSM work stream leads: Michele Holden, Deputy Director of Finance, and Barry Higgins, Head of Procurement Services.

The session covered the benefits that the new SAP system will bring to their role as Budget holders such as less paperwork, less manual intervention, access to real time information at any time and project accounting.  Barry also shared top level work flow for the purchasing process.

A recorded version of the presentation will be available to view on the CSM webpage from Friday 17 June. The FAQ’s will also be updated with the questions asked in the sessions.

The CSM programme will be delivered in a phased approach: Release one (Finance and Procurement) will go live on 29 July 2016 followed by People, Payroll and Student Admissions and Applications in March 2017 and the remainder of the student lifecycle in July 2017.

For more information on CSM, visit the webpage here.

If you have any suggestions, feedback or questions about CSM, please email us at

Posted on Friday 27th May 2016

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