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Umoja will provide significant improvements to the way the Organization manages its operations, by harmonizing and centralizing access to important data across all UN duty stations.

Once Umoja (Foundation) has been deployed throughout the global Secretariat in 2015, all “master data” (UN financial information, procurement accounts, contracts and leases, vendor and customer contact information, as well as account and project codes) will be centrally stored in one Umoja database which will be shared across all duty stations.

Umoja will also provide access to “real-time data” - users of Umoja across the globe and in all functional areas of the UN will input and extract information from the same central database, which will always be up-to-date and unaffected by local server issues.

Eventually, Umoja will replace eight instances of the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) at the various duty stations, and will phase out or integrate with multiple financial and procurement legacy systems used throughout the Secretariat, including Sun, Mercury, ProcurePlus, Galileo and countless other custom-built local databases and programmes.

There are just over 70 days until the Umoja (Foundation) Pilot deployment takes place at the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Office of the UN Special Coordinator (UNSCOL) in Lebanon on 1 July 2013.

Subsequently, Umoja will deploy at 14 additional Peacekeeping Missions on 1 October. All 16 Missions as the first sites of deployment have had to engage in serious data collection and cleansing efforts as one of the key activities required for them to successfully transition to Umoja.

Through video-teleconferences as well as workshops held on site and at hub locations, the Umoja Data Management team has been working closely with DFS deployment teams at the Missions to guide their colleagues through detailed work of cleansing volumes of legacy data in order to prepare for the migration to Umoja.

Joseph Khoreich, Finance Officer and member of the Umoja site team at the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) said: “It has been a valuable experience working on data collection, as it has given us an insight of what Umoja will offer… the challenge was to learn and understand the new terminology in order to complete the data collection. Now, we have started to understand the project and we are very curious to see how the Umoja solution will work!"

Umoja would like to thank all our colleagues in the field for their hard work, proactive feedback and invaluable help in the data collection process and looks forward to a successful deployment at their sites by the end of this year.   

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A somewhat modified version of this article also appeared on iSeek (UN Intranet) on 22 April 2013: