So, I’m sitting in the same room I used to have my Data Structures and Org & Arch in. There are three other people here. Sitting in front of me is a PeopleSoft instructor. Her name is either pronounced Michael Lynn or Mishulinn but it is spelt neither way. In the same row, on the left side, is a Texan instructor whose name is Willie but it actually a black woman. At the front of the class is a Canadian man named Peter Morgan who, I’ve noticed, makes all his ‘o’s long.
This is the Human Resources track for the CRESH ERP Summit 2004. I work at CRESH, Center for Resource Enterprise Systems Hosting, here at DSU, Dakota State University. ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning. A Summit is the top of the hill. 2004 is a number slightly larger than 2003 and slightly smaller than 2005.
This is the 2nd annual attempt at this summit. See, CRESH is a PeopleSoft hoster. We have PeopleSoft software on some computers here, and we let other Colleges use it for a price. Oh, and then we make everything work all the time. The summit serves as a way for professors to talk about techniques they use, ways they teach, and tips/tricks/hints with the help of these certified PeopleSoft instructors.
I wish I was just watching. No, instead, I am helping run this thing. Key word is “flexible”. When I first was told about this, I heard that there would be an Intro to PeopleSoft/CRESH/Everything track. Mike says, “Put together a PowerPoint.” So, I started to work on the PowerPoint. A couple of days later Mike says, “You’re going to teach the track.”
Mike says, “It’s going to be four hours on Sunday and Wednesday, and it’s going to be 8 hours on Monday and Tuesday.” Panick passes. To tell you the truth, folks, at CRESH I am the weakest link, so to speak. When it comes to technical, that is, I am the weakest link. So, I’ve tried to be important in other areas, read: PR papers, but suddenly I had to teach this stuff to other people. I work and work and work on it, in between making name tags and drinking tickets and phone calls.
Then, Mike says, “Turns out it’s 4 hours everyday.” So, I rethink, realign, become flexible. So, some of the days get crammed, but it’s okay. Everything is working well; I’m happy. I have the PowerPoint done, but now it’s only for one day, the Portal and CRESH intro. Then I have these things called EUTs, End User Training, and I figure I’ll do these and have people watch me. It’s just a matter of cutting them down.
Now, Mike says, “There might not be any intro track.” Is this relief? Actually, it kinda is. I was so nervous. I don’t really feel confident in my PeopleSoft skills. I feel confident in my b.s., make it up skills, but these people might know something whereas the people in my Org & Arch class knew nothing about my watch, so I could lie all I wanted.
It may still be on, but for now I sit. And take notes. And wait.