The Merger of CQ University and CQTAFE

Feb 3rd, 2012
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When Government funding is approved, the CQUniversity and CQTAFE will undertake a phase of transformation by merging their operations to develop into Queensland’s first dual sector university.

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?The Merger of CQ University and CQTAFEA Case studyExecutive SummaryWhen Government funding is approved, the CQUniversity and CQTAFE will undertake a phase of transformation by merging their operations to develop into Queensland's first dual sector university. There will be many benefits and risks to this amalgamation, not the least of which, is the issue of managing and operating the new organisation's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. This system controls finance, human resources and student records. Each organisation has adopted different approaches to ERP. The CQUniversity uses a version of PeopleSoft with only minimal modifications, whilst the CQ TAFE ERP system contains proprietary modifications owned by the Queensland Government and therefore this system cannot form part of the ERP solution in the new organisation. ERP systems have a significant impact on the operations of an organisation as they are relied upon as the central focal point for all data transactions and storage. The ERP has significant advantages over disparate, standalone systems by offering a consolidated environment, but if a merged CQ University/CQ TAFE organisation tried to operate with different systems, these advantages could be lost.This report will discuss the issues related to the system integration challenges posed by the merger. The preferred option is for the in-house CQ University ERP system to incorporate the CQ TAFE processes. Another option is to purchase a vanilla

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