The Enterprise Applications Strategic Enhancements (EASE) Program is a collection of projects aiming to simplify UQ enterprise system platforms, reduce operating costs, support automation and data availability. The Program initatives will enable the planned transition to Software as a Service (SaaS). 

The initiatives will be rolled out throughout 2018 and into 2019.

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What is the scope of the EASE Program?

  • Student Self Service improvements - Including mobile readiness, class signon
  • Graduations review in SI-net
  • Improving stability and maintaining Student Financial information in SI-net
  • Developing a University wide Program Planner tool 
  • Deep link SI-net integration to my.UQ
  • Patching the finance system UniFi
  • SI-net to Blackboard grades upload
  • IAS Cognitive Computing
  • Improve student communications initiated from SI-net
  • Online Applications (OLA) review.

What are the benefits?

  • Simplify the platform and architecture of the systems
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Improve services to students and future students
  • Improve student financial reporting and benefit tracking
  • Support automation through improved integration and out of the box (OOTB) functionality
  • Make relevant data available to support informed decision making
  • Prepare for eventual transition to SaaS (Software as a Service).

Where are we now?

The objectives of the EASE program will be delivered gradually throughout 2018. Currently the following projects are underway:

Program Planner Tool:

  • Program planner was released for Bachelor of Arts and replaces the legacy BA Planner tool.
  • Undergoing user interface redevelopment and integration of the Bachelor of Science program.
  • Consultation with other faculties has also commenced.

Class Signon:

  • Mobile friendly version developed.
  • Currently in student UAT phase ready for roll out for summer semester. 
  • Broadcast communication being developed.

UniFi Patching:

  • UniFi patching successfully went live in September 2018.

Student Self Service Uplift:

  • Mobile friendly version currently in development.
  • Implementing deep links from my.UQ direct to mySI-net for student addresses and phone numbers.

Project Einstein - IAS Cognitive Computing:

  • Machine learning model is currently being developed with a highly regarded machine learning vendor.
  • Team is looking ahead to requirements for Phase 3.

Student Financials Review:

  • Review of HECS liability customisations underway in consultation with ENTSS.
  • Review of Course Lists to streamline configuration underway.
  • Review to help Student Refund queries underway with FBS and ASG.

Program Team

Name Position
Jacinta Crothers Program Manager
Lisa Brockbank Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator
Dipak Bhandari Project Manager/Senior Business Analyst
Naomi Codlin Business Analyst
Robert Bryde PeopleSoft Technical Lead
Oskar Schlegl PeopleSoft Developer
Russell Lobo Test Analyst
Shaun Clark PeopleSoft Security Specialist
Ulljas Kapure PeopleSoft Student Financials Specialist
Lavanya Sodum PeopleSoft Developer
Jay Taylor PeopleSoft Student Specialist
Dan Pelichowski Software Engineer
Adarsh Padegal PeopleSoft Developer
Mark Badans Business Analyst - Sign-on
Michelle Clifton Business Analyst - Grade Upload
Ryan Villiers Business Analyst - Cognitive Computing
Rebecca Smith Senior Application Technical Analyst


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EASE Steering Committee

Name Position
Mark Erickson Academic Registrar
Rowan Salt Deputy Director, IT Applications Deliver and Support
Helen Morahan Director, Student Administration
Vivienne Counter Manager, Enterprise Support Systems
Sue Chapple Senior Manager, Academic Projects
Julie Waldron Senior Manager, Student and Academic Administration, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Karen Wheeler Associate Director, FBS Operations