Vivantech Assists University of Maryland in Accomplishing Comprehensive Kuali Financial System Implementation

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Top Public Research University Teams With Kuali Experts for Major KFS Rollout

“UMD clearly benefited from Vivantech’s experience with Kuali,” said John Farley, UMD Assistant Vice President and KFS Project Manager.

Vivantech, a higher ed technology consulting company, developer of enterprise-grade, open-source software, and premier Kuali Commercial Affiliate (KCA), today announced the successful completion of a Kuali Financial System (KFS) implementation at the University of Maryland (UMD). With the January 6 launch of KFS, UMD has enhanced its business process automation, reduced paper-based workflows, and improved its visibility and reporting capabilities.

Vivantech worked with UMD to deploy a highly integrated set of financial services modules, including general ledger, chart of accounts and financial processing, purchasing/accounts payable, capital assets management, labor distribution, electronic document workflow, and financial reporting. The KFS project with UMD is one of many Kuali implementations performed by Vivantech over the past six years.

“UMD clearly benefited from Vivantech’s experience with Kuali,” said John Farley, UMD Assistant Vice President and KFS Project Manager. “Our KFS roll-out was smooth, with virtually no operational issues. Thanks in large part to exceptional system performance and response times, we’ve had a pain-free transition. Vivantech’s rigorous testing and their ability to anticipate our capacity needs really paid off for us.”

Farley added that the Vivantech team excelled at developing creative solutions to meet UMD-specific requirements. “With their deep understanding of Kuali, they were able to take some very innovative approaches that optimize network performance,” he commented.

The University of Maryland joins a growing number of colleges and universities that have selected open-source Kuali software for their ERP systems. Designed specifically for the business process needs of higher educational institutions, Kuali provides universities like UMD an economical alternative to proprietary ERP software. The Kuali Financial System is part of the Kuali suite of ERP software, developed through community source collaboration.

“This successful KFS deployment at UMD demonstrates how Kuali ERP can automate complex, university-specific business processes and at the same time help higher education institutions keep their money in their mission by avoiding excessive commercial licensing costs,” said Randy Ozden, Vivantech President and Chief Executive Officer. “We appreciate the opportunity to join forces with UMD for this important Kuali implementation.”

About the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, two Pulitzer Prize winners, 49 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.7 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion dollar fundraising campaign.

The University of Maryland is ranked No. 21 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report and No. 14 among public universities by Forbes. The Institute of Higher Education, which ranks the world’s top universities based on research, puts Maryland at No. 38 in the world, No. 29 nationally and No. 13 among U.S. public research institutions. The university is also one of the top 10 highest-rated D.C.-area employers, according to For more information about the University of Maryland, visit

About Vivantech

Vivantech is a premier consulting firm and developer of enterprise-grade, open- source Kuali ERP software available on-premise or in the cloud using the SaaS model. Vivantech also offers expertise in technology consulting, quality assurance, training, and project management. Vivantech’s innovative solutions are used in higher education, research institutions, and non-profit organizations. Vivantech is privately held and headquartered in San Diego, CA. For more information about Vivantech, visit

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