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TAMIU’s HR, Payroll Operations Transform, Head to ‘The Cloud’ Posted: 1/25/18

TAMIU’s HR, Payroll Operations Transform, Head to ‘The Cloud’


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At the start of a new year, clouds often bring hoped-for silver linings…but for Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), they now hold a fundamental transformation in how the University conducts its human resources and payroll operations.

Last month, TAMIU and the entire Texas A&M University System successfully launched its Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) tool, replacing a 37-year-old legacy system with a cloud-based system that impacts more than 48,000 faculty, staff and student workers and 10,000 retirees across the A&M System. Workday launched on time, and on budget.  The 27-month, $54 million-dollar project began in Oct. 2015 and went live this December.

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said the launch is the culmination of a collaborative project development.

“The A&M System has entered the 21st Century, launching a common, super-modern HR and payroll system that was agreed upon by all members of the A&M System,” Chancellor Sharp said, “From the beginning, collaboration between the project team and System members was a key element of the project, with each phase of the project incorporating increasing numbers of member subject matter experts to design and test the system. We have also streamlined many of our HR and payroll processes, which will help us focus on our mission of teaching, research and service.” 

Mark Stone, A&M System chief information officer, said the move places A&M at the forefront of finance and human resource solutions.

“With Workday, the A&M System experiences a fundamental transformation in how we do our HR, payroll and benefits work, moving from a home grown, green-screen payroll system to a cloud-based solution offered by the market leader,” Stone said.

TAMIU chief financial officer, Juan J. Castillo, said the Workday implementation, while complex, was generally seamless.

“This was a remarkable collaboration that involved customizing a System-wide solution with the needs of all System members, truly a complex task.  Through collaborative design, review and testing, TAMIU project members helped us to launch an impressive, field-tested solution that truly streamlines our operations,” Castillo said.

Workday is a leading provider for enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. 

Founded in 2005, it delivers financial management, human capital management and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions and government agencies.


About The Texas A&M University System

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.55 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 148,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $972 million in FY 2016 and helped drive the state’s economy.

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