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Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you that a decision has been taken to postpone the next two phases of Umoja (Foundation) deployment by 30 days.

The Umoja Steering Committee met for an extra-ordinary session on 28 August 2013 and decided unanimously to revise the schedule for Clusters 1 and 2 deployment.

Cluster 1, consisting all Peacekeeping Missions, will now deploy Umoja Foundation on 1 November 2013 and Cluster 2, consisting all Special Political Missions, will deploy the new solution on 1 February 2014.

All successive roll-out milestones remain unchanged; Cluster 3 on 1 July 2014, Cluster 4 on 1 July 2015, and Cluster 5 on 1 January 2016.

The main reason to adjust the deployment schedule was a need to reconcile Umoja readiness dependencies against an obligation to support the core mandates of the missions in these challenging times.

As it became evident during the pilot implementation in UNIFIL and UNSCOL, the readiness to migrate to the new, common solution was impacted by the disparity among missions in the processes and configuration of systems currently in use and the large volume of data to be gathered and cleansed.

I am confident that the measures taken as a result of the lessons learned in the pilot implementation, and continued commitment of the senior management and all staff involved to the timely completion of Umoja deployment work, will enable us to remain on the revised schedule to implement this ambitious and transformational initiative.

Sincerely yours,

Ernesto Baca
Project Director
Enterprise Resource Planning
United Nations HQ