Brandon University has been exploring the move to a comprehensive new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for several years. An ERP is a very large software package that can manage most of Brandon University’s administration and records.
After extensive campus consultation through 2018–19, we selected CampusNexus to be our new ERP system, with components for students, for communications, and for financial management. This was approved by the BU Board of Governors in January 2020.
Until this move, Brandon University had been relying on a collection of custom-built or licensed software to manage our needs, especially in student records, finance and administration. Many of these legacy programs are outdated, and they do not work well together. Not only was this frustrating for all of us who use these tools, it also meant that BU was not as effective as we should be, and we were inefficient when compared to other universities.
This is a transformational change for Brandon University, and is expected to be complete in 2022.
Although the project began in early 2020, plans for an official community launched were postponed when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Work on the Renew BU project immediately moved to remote operations, and continued despite pandemic restrictions.
With a go-live date for the first module planned for summer 2021, a community launch event was held virtually on March 3.