FSS Assistant Vice President Presents at Oracle OpenWorld


Assistant Vice President of Information Technology Financials Systems Rebecca Vilsack presented along with Oracle Senior Director of Development Kelly Mills at the Oracle OpenWorld conference that was held Oct. 1-5 in San Francisco.

In Vilsack’s presentation, “PeopleSoft Enterprise Services Automation (ESA): Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond,” she detailed the University of Central Florida’s journey with PeopleSoft from the implementation of PeopleSoft 8.4 back in 2003, which launched the university’s accounting system into an online presence known as UCF Financials, to an expansion in 2013 that automated four additional accounting processes to implementation of the 9.2 version of PeopleSoft that is currently being utilized.

“At this time, we are in a good position for future success. Remember, big is just the beginning, and PeopleSoft ESA is the key,” she said, describing the theme of current projects that Financials Support Services (FSS) is undertaking to enhance the scalability of the accounting system at UCF.

During her presentation Vilsack highlighted these initiatives. As part of UCF’s Project Wahoo (, the PeopleSoft Grants module will be added to the ESA modules currently implemented in UCF Financials. Integrating Grants into the UCF Financials system will streamline automation and improve business processes that track funds awarded to the university. This addition requires a redesign of the system’s current Chart of Accounts. This will take place over the next year in conjunction with installation of the Grants module, which is expected to be operational in July 2019. These improvements will bolster the accounting infrastructure of the university so that it can support increased funding as UCF moves toward its goal of doubling research awards to $250 million per year by 2020.

A successful ESA implementation is key in achieving the university’s goals, Vilsack said.

To view the presentation in full, click here.