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BlueSky: DePaul's new Oracle Cloud system

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DePaul will transition its Human Resources and Finance PeopleSoft applications to our Oracle Cloud system called BlueSky. Currently, PeopleSoft is the system for financial and human resources transactions for the university. The new Oracle Cloud system is a modernized and synchronized application platform that will allow university employees to spend less time on administration and more time on efforts that contribute to DePaul’s mission.

The systems transition offers many benefits to the university. These benefits include:

  • Improved self-service for employees and managers
  • Continuous upgrades and process improvements to maintain relevance and currency
  • Better access and use of data for decision making

When fully operational, the university will receive services from financial and human resources modules that will be delivered through BlueSky, ranging from Goals & Performance Management to Payroll to Expense Management. Some services will be similar to what is delivered today through the PeopleSoft system, such as managing and reporting time. Other services will be different, such as managing the onboarding process online. The benefit of BlueSky is its ability to deliver full service functions for human resources, finance and budgeting applications and to do so in a drastically more efficient manner. 

Specialists in the information services, finance and human resources departments are working on the conversion of the systems and preparing to assist the university community in learning the new system and adopting the new practices.

Nearly every employee in the DePaul community is an end user for at least one self-service function. It involves every unit in the university to some degree. As the changeover progresses, check back to this site and read Newsline for updates.

BlueSky FAQs

DePaul will transition its human capital, financial, and budget planning data from PeopleSoft, an intranet-based system to Oracle Cloud, an internet-based system. DePaul's Oracle Cloud system will be called BlueSky. This transition will result in improved self-service, increased mobile access, and better analytics for decision support.

Be curious! Read Newsline and continue to visit this website for information and updates. Be ready! Participate in user training and encourage others to participate when the opportunity arises. Be a champion for change! Adopt the new system and encourage user acceptance.

The team of professionals from Information Services, Finance and Human Resources, along with Drivestream, a certified Oracle implementation partner, have been working diligently on the conversion from PeopleSoft to Oracle Cloud and are committed to ensuring a smooth transition to the new system. Our “go-live” is planned for January 2021.

A large internal team, consisting of individuals from Information Services, Human Resources, and Finance, is partnering with Drivestream, a certified Oracle implementation partner to ensure that the conversion from PeopleSoft to the Oracle Cloud system goes smoothly. While this team is leading the effort, the success of the conversion will depend on the support of the entire university community. If you are asked to assist with an aspect of our transition to Cloud, please do. This assistance could range from offering an opinion or perspective to the cleanup of data to participation in user testing.

The PeopleSoft system was originally created in the 1980s and implemented at DePaul in the late 1990s. Much has changed since then. The Oracle Cloud system will provide a modernized, 21st century solution that will provide continuous technological updates that will enable us to deliver customized data faster and reduce administrative processes. As a result, we can pursue the university’s ultimate goal: greater focus on student education and success.