Although Walter Viale works for Information Services and Technology (IST), he “is not a technical guy”. As a financial business analyst, his field of expertise is on “the business side”. Currently, he is the financial business analyst on an IST project management team that is working on a financial administration project for the University. Ultimately, this financial planning and budgeting project “will be more efficient, integrated, and universally used” across campus. So far, the team has chosen “the tool” for the project and are now “looking for a vendor to implement the tool”. Walter feels that the most important part of his job is to make sure that “the tool” will help people at the University’s faculties and units and that people “will see value in the tool applied to their work and move on to the next stage” of the project.
Walter, who is contributing his “common sense and experience” to the project, has an extensive “business side” background. Originally from Argentina where he started working in the family business at age 14 and “saw all aspects of running a business”, to coming to Canada for his MBA, and to working with SAP, Oracle and other systems, Walter is well suited to help with the implementation of the planning and budgeting project which “will help people and the University be more efficient”.