eVA Conversion news

To: Management Council Members, VPs of Finance, and all eVA end-users

Reason: eVA Conversion news

Date: November 19, 2021

Colleagues,

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind our community about the upcoming changes to eVA, the Commonwealth’s procurement platform. The Department of General Services (DGS) is leading the upgrade project that is replacing the underlying platform that supports eVA in early January. The new platform, Ivalua, provides a modern and robust environment and boasts wide adoption amongst public sector and business organizations.

A VCCS project team has been working for several months to help prepare for our adoption of the new system. This has included working with representatives across the VCCS to share training materials, assess needs, and help each agency prepare for its use of the new system.

DGS is leading this project and has been working diligently to configure, test, and convert the software and data involved in this transition. Also, DGS has been providing sample training materials and other support to help ease adoption. This project is a major effort and being delivered in a highly compressed timeframe. As such, there have been challenges and some delays in receiving the system access, training materials, and technical information we need to fully conduct our user acceptance testing and other necessary VCCS preparatory work. However, we are working closely with DGS in partnership to ensure that we can be as prepared and proactive as possible. We are keeping the VCCS community informed on DGS progress, including any potential delays that may affect our VCCS implementation plans.

As part of this project, we have assembled a few collaborate VCCS sub-teams made up of members of your colleges along with the SSC to address training and acceptance testing. For training, we are a 45-member strong VCCS team identified as eVA trainers. This group has received DGS train the trainer information and has been meeting to review needs and plans. We ask that each institution work with its representative trainer(s) to help prepare your user community for adoption of the new eVA system. In addition, the SSC will be hosting training activities in December and January to supplement this effort. With over 1,800 eVA users across the VCCS, it will require a collective effort to ensure that our community is ready to take advantage of all that the new eVA platform can offer!

DGS projects a “go live” of the new system on January 3rd, 2022 (43 days) at which point we’ll be completing final acceptance testing from a VCCS perspective. Together, designated subject matter experts at SSC and colleges will rapidly work through this process to return to ‘business as usual’ as quickly after January 3rd as possible. We ask that each institution be prepared to support this team and we will be in close communication with you as we relaunch eVA.

We’d like to remind you of several key project dates:

Date Activity
December 3, 2021 All requisitions due to SSC Procurement including change orders.
December 13 & 14, 2021 Early introductory view of the new system lead by SSC
December 17, 2021 All receiving complete for payments needed prior to conversion.
December 22, 2021 eVA will be going down for the VCCS!
January 3-5, 10 & 11, 2022 New system training sessions lead by SSC available to all users
Early January 2022 Watch for VCCS Communication signaling the commencement of the new system for all users.

You can also refer to the SSC eVA Transition Project page for key dates and helpful information as you continue to prepare. Additional communications will be sent as we approach the upcoming training dates.

We wish to thank you again for your collaboration and contributions to this effort. The new eVA platform promises to offer improved ease of use and functionality and should be a great step forward in support of VCCS’s procurement needs. The next several weeks will be hectic and, certainly, there will be challenges to address. Together, our teams are making a collective effort to support this major implementation project and we are all looking forward to an optimized procurement environment in the new year.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Thanks, Dennis

Dennis Moynihan, Director

Shared Services Center

dmoynihan

M: 802-829-2329

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