On December 16, 2011, the University of Miami’s Board of Trustees approved a project to begin the modernization of the University’s legacy administrative information systems. The Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative will span several years and be implemented in multiple phases.

What is ERP? ERP software applications act as the central company-wide information system. ERP systems integrate all of an organization’s departments, divisions, lines of business, and geographical locations into a single, shared, unified, and enterprise-wide information system. The University is an “enterprise” and an ERP solution integrates all functions—student information, human resources, and financial systems—into one administrative system. 

Phase 1, launched in February 2012, will replace our current student information system with industry-leading software – Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solutions. The new student information system, called CaneLink, will provide students and faculty with many new capabilities, including an enhanced registration process, course wait lists, prerequisite checking, student academic planning, improved tools for academic advising, and increased off-campus access to integrated academic information and services. This software has the capabilities that our students, faculty, and staff require and can find at peer institutions.

Phase 2, launched in 2013, will replace current Human Resources and Payroll systems with Workday software. Workday will improve the delivery of HR and Payroll services and allow the University to streamline and automate processes and procedures using a next-generation platform that can support the University’s mission. Workday is designed to help create a more nimble process and data driven organization.

Phase 3, launching in 2014, will replace the current Finance systems with Workday. More information about this phase coming soon!

ERP at the University of Miami represents a multi-year initiative that will:

  • Align and integrate mission critical enterprise data, information, and business processes to support the University’s strategic mission.
  • Replace the outdated 20-year-old legacy administrative applications (Student, HR/Payroll, Finance, etc.). 
  • Transform business processes through adoption of industry best practices.
  • Create enhanced reporting capabilities across the University.
  • Enable enhanced self-service capabilities for students, faculty, and staff.


This is one of the most far-reaching projects in UM’s history and will not only upgrade the information technology that drives student, financial, and human resources systems—it will significantly transform the way we conduct business and provide services to our students, faculty and staff.