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The Ascend 2.0 Program, previously known as Ascend, is an ambitious, multi-year initiative to re-imagine the landscape of UCLA’s financial systems. The new name was chosen to reflect the broad reach of this program, encompassing multiple technology solutions to meet the complex needs of the University in support of the mission.

Financial Systems Transformation

UCLA has experienced remarkable growth since the development of the current financial systems four decades ago. Adopting modern, scalable, cloud-based systems will empower UCLA’s continued growth and the financial operations needed to support it. This initiative will allow staff to focus on the core mission, empowered by up-to-the-minute data and robust reporting capabilities.


The next Ascend 2.0 Town Hall is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. PDT. Ascend 2.0 leadership and subject matter experts will provide updates on the BruinBuy Plus Release 1 (R1) stabilization effort and progress toward the implementation of Bruin Finance. Members of the program team will answer attendee questions during a live Q&A session. 

Register for the May Town Hall today! 

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Ascend 2.0 Workstreams

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The Finance and Technical Teams support the implementation of the new Bruin Finance system, powered by Oracle Financial Cloud, and will streamline financial management across the university. The Technical Team's work is centered around six work pillars: Integrations, Data Conversions, Reporting, Retrofit, Applications Development, and Security.

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Learn more about some of the changes coming to the research community and what you can do to prepare by reviewing the Research webpages!

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The Procurement Team supports the implementation of the new BruinBuy Plus system, powered by JAGGAER, that will ensure efficient processing, automated workflow approvals, and full transparency of each procurement from beginning to end.