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Apr 25, 2019

Our ERA System Now Has its Own Name

In case you haven’t noticed, our ERA system now has a name — the Research Enterprise Data system. So please don’t be confused if you’ve seen this name being used. “It was important to give our system a name — to brand it and make it feel more personal to the NC State community,” says Sherrie… 

Mar 27, 2019

The People Behind the ERA Project

Last year, we published a blog post about the full-time positions we planned to hire to sufficiently support the ERA Project. And we couldn’t be more pleased to now report that the positions have been filled and those who filled them have been working hard and exceeding expectations from the start. We’re excited to introduce… 

Mar 20, 2019

ICYMI: Two New Bulletin Articles About the ERA Project

In case you missed it, be sure to check out these two stories written by David Hunt — one that provides a general project update and one focused on training — published March 14 in the Bulletin, NC State’s weekly newsletter for faculty and staff:                 And be on… 

Mar 7, 2019

Animal Care and Use Module Training Preview

In our last post, we discussed the crucial step of the software development process known as user acceptance testing (UAT). Now that UAT for our first module — Animal Care and Use — has successfully completed, we are making the final preparations for the go-live date, in April. ERA Training Manager Lynley Wentzel is finalizing… 

Feb 20, 2019

User Acceptance Testing – Making sure ERA is on the right track

Contributed by Randy Bickford If you’ve been closely following the ERA blog, you’ve likely seen references to User Acceptance Testing (UAT). As we’ve noted, UAT is the final, critical step in software development. This is where the rubber meets the road in terms of end-users getting their first chance to directly interact with and provide… 

Feb 7, 2019

Animal Care and Use Module Update

What’s Happened Since Our Last Update It’s been longer than we like since our last update — but it’s not because anyone’s been taking a break. Since the initial module prototype’s completion in early fall, the Animal Care and Use Module Team has been hard at work with InfoEd representatives, making a number of improvements… 

Aug 30, 2018

Important Information for Implementation Phase

It’s official — the implementation phase has begun. InfoEd Global began working with us to develop our first module — Animal Care and Use — in early August. Keep in mind that this will be a phased implementation, meaning the modules will be phased-in gradually over the approximately three years anticipated for implementation to be… 

Jul 13, 2018

The Human Resources Needed

We’ve partnered with a vendor, InfoEd Global, and the implementation stage will begin ramping up soon — but what’s been going on since our last update? Well, in addition to finalizing the details of the implementation plan and schedule, we have primarily been gathering and organizing the staff — both new and existing — that… 

May 21, 2018

eRA to ERA

Contributed by: Matt Simpson New Name If you haven’t already noticed, we’ve made a subtle — but meaningful — change in our communication about this project. From this point forward, the “e” in “eRA” will be capitalized and, moreover, will take on a new meaning. Specifically, the new system — provided by InfoEd Global and… 

Feb 27, 2018

eRA Vendor Recommendation Made

The eRA Executive Sponsors’ long-awaited decision has been made. The committee accepted the Steering Team’s recommendation to move forward with InfoEd Global in early February. This marked the beginning of NC State’s award negotiation process with the vendor. Following negotiations — barring any unforeseen circumstances — the first phase of the approximately three-year implementation process will…