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 PeopleSoft Conference to Help Districts Optimize Business Practices

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is facilitating a conference to help local school districts get the most out of their business applications.

The Oct. 12 PeopleSoft Users Conference was created with the help of administrators from school districts across the county that use PeopleSoft applications, which were implemented as part of SDCOE's Modernization, Improvement, and Transformation Initiative, also known as MITI.

To get the most out of the PeopleSoft system and establish best practices, SDCOE turned to the people who understand the needs the best: local school districts using it.

"The whole idea for the conference is to bring the brain trust together to share experiences on how the new system is being best utilized," said Chad Leptich, chief business officer for Julian Union School District.

Planning for the one-day conference began in April and has included officials from Julian Charter School, Julian Union School District, Coronado Unified School District, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, San Dieguito Union High School District, Escondido Union School District, Del Mar Union School District, Ramona Unified School District, Chula Vista Elementary School District, and SDCOE.

"The PeopleSoft Users Conference committee is working very hard to make sure all departments and areas are represented," said Sondra Evans, personnel manager for Ramona Unified School District. "We are very excited for the entire county of PeopleSoft users to take part in this conference."

The free conference isn't training.  Instead, it's a new way for school officials to share ideas, collaborate with others, and take their PeopleSoft knowledge to the next level. There are more than 30 group sessions being planned.

"With an integrated system, it is critical that district staff have a solid understanding of how their work will affect multiple components in the system, requiring a collaborative, cross-functional team," said Mark Pong, director of finance for the Del Mar Union School District.

From Aug. 14 through Sep. 8, each organization's conference contact will be able to register a targeted team for the day-long conference.

Popular topics include what's new in PeopleSoft, HR and payroll, district-created resources, Excel and PeopleSoft, business process change, and cross-function basics.

"SDCOE wanted to help the people using the PeopleSoft system, so we turned to the people who best understand the needs and opportunities: our local school districts," said Peyri Herrera, Customer Resource Center Director with SDCOE.

The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at SDCOE's main campus, 6401 Linda Vista Road in San Diego. For more information, visit the SDCOE Customer Resource Center.