Update from Alexis Cheshire

Since my last blog, lots of work has been undertaken to ensure that Compass is ready to be reintroduced.

As you will have seen from the various more formal updates, we have undertaken extensive testing of the functionality, including going out to a number of Districts from across the UK so that they could try out the system “in the field”. We have also successfully undertaken a number of back-end upgrades to the infrastructure.

You will be pleased to hear that subject to a few final technical processes, and the necessary go-live approvals from our governance structure, we anticipate that Compass will be reintroduced to Phase 1 Users (Commissioners, Appointment Secretaries and Superusers) during the last week of January.

Once we go live we will of course need to monitor carefully the load and performance of the system, however subject to system performance being as expected, we anticipate to be able to be able to reintroduce Compass to Phase 2 users (ie Phase 1 users plus GSLs, DESCs, DSNCs & SASU Managers) approximately two weeks later.

In order to reintroduce Compass and have it all ready we need to switch off the adult upload function from Monday 18 January. Phase 1 users will be able to add new adults, (as well as undertake a wide range of other functions) when they gain access to Compass.

Over the next few weeks you may notice some changes to the Compass User Support website, this is one part of the work to provide additional support when we start the reintroduction.

Throughout the reintroduction process, both the reports and Atlantic Data (the Disclosure system for England and Wales) functions will continue to be available to everyone that currently has access. It will also be important that the focus on ensuring that everyone has a valid disclosure is maintained.

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