Late Summer Launch for ATLAS Database
Excitement mounts as the Advancement Project* Team puts on the finishing touches for the summer launch of ATLAS Database—a major milestone toward attaining the Project’s key goals of
• Allowing the University to significantly increase its fundraising
• Better supporting alumni, donor, and membership programs
• Meeting the University’s financial reporting requirements more efficiently and effectively
• Implementing the self-service tools, data, systems, and supporting policies and procedures that allow this to happen
…while continuing to embrace and expand the community’s core values of integrity, collegiality, collaboration, transparency, and trust.
The ATLAS Database and accompanying changes in business processes will combine to deliver:
• Biographic and demographic update and inquiry
• Prospect, Campaign, & Volunteer Management update and inquiry
• Gifts inquiry
• Reporting with the Data Warehouse as the source
• Cleansing and converting historic prospect and gifts data
• Decommissioning of the IDB database and the Deborah reporting system
Change is a Challenge—Training is Required on the ATLAS Database
We are aware that change is often difficult and that current ways of doing business are deeply embedded in the workplace. These new tools and processes will require that the Advancement community devote the necessary time and resources to the new methods of conducting business, including full participation in ATLAS training. As with any process change, it will be a challenge to all to maintain “business as usual” while the changes are being implemented.
Countdown to ATLAS Database Launch—Testing and Training
To prepare for the summer launch, the Project Team is now working closely with the Advancement community across the University to complete documentation and testing and to prepare for training, scheduled to begin in July. Details for online training registration have been distributed to the Advancement community, who can now register online at http://knowledgelink.upenn.edu. Completion of a core curriculum will be required access to the ATLAS Database. Specialized training, customized by job function and role, will also be offered.
Note: ATLAS Portal end-user training is a pre-requisite for ATLAS Database training.
Up-to-Date ATLAS News
If you are a current ATLAS user, log on to ATLAS at www.atlas.upenn.edu for the latest developments.
For updates on the Advancement Project, visit the public project web site at www.alumni.upenn.edu/advance/.
* The Advancement Project is a collaborative effort of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR), the Treasurer’s Office, and Information Systems and Computing (ISC).
—Robin Beck, Vice President, Information Systems and Computing
—Lucy Momjian, Associate Vice President, Office of the Treasurer
—Sam Lundquist, Assistant Vice President,
Development and Alumni Relations
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 1, July 12, 2005