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Creating Accessible PeopleSoft Self-Service Applications with GreyHeller PeopleMobile®

Proposal No: 2686

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  • Scott Marshall, Associate Director for Instructional Technology and Accessibility, University of Minnesota
  • Mark Powell, Associate program director, University of Minnesota
  • Shelley Nelson, VP of Services, GreyHeller
  • Tonu Mikk, Adative Technology Specialist, University of Minnesota
  • Larry Grey, Founder, GreyHeller

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Length of Session (in hours): 2-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

Learn, question, challenge and share as a panel of people reflects on our collaboration to create an accessible format of PeopleSoft self-service applications. Representatives from University OIT, Disability Resource Center, and from GreyHeller will describe our project, our work together and reflect on lessons learned.


The University of Minnesota needed to upgrade all of its PeopleSoft applications for student, finance and HR. The Upgrade, as the program was known, included a significant expansion in self-service applications available to students, faculty and staff. PeopleSoft does not display data in a way that people using adaptive technology (i.e. screen readers, speech recognition) can access it. Working closely with GreyHeller, a software development company that provides mobility and security solutions for PeopleSoft-- including the PeopleMobile® application - we strived to create an accessible format with WCAG 2.0 AA compliance as our goal. Join us to learn from our experience. There will be a substantial amount of time for Q&A.


  1. Relationships necessary for success.
  2. Lessons learned.
  3. “Think accessibly” mindset critical.

Speaker Bio(s)

Scott Marshall

Dad, husband, disc-thrower, reader, woodworker: Scott is practicing using his privilege and gifts to make higher ed digitalia more accessible to more people.

Mark Powell

Mark Powell has worked in various information technology positions over his 36 year career with the University of Minnesota. Most recently Mark served as the associate program director for technology for the PeopleSoft upgrade program. In this role Mark helped coordinate many aspects of accessibility testing, remediation, and validation from the OIT side of the program.

Shelley Nelson

Mrs. Nelson has spent the last 20 years of her career focusing on customer support. She spent 4 years prior to joining GreyHeller launching Services at Lisam America, the US subsidiary of Lisam Systems, a Belgian provider of EH&S software. During her time there, the company grew from 1 to 90 customers. Prior to that, she was VP of Global Support for TomorrowNow, growing the Support team from 3 to 63 employees and 5 to 135 customers in 4 years, including several Fortune 500s companies. The Service team achieved top 10% worldwide IT-industry customer satisfaction and loyalty and an unprecedented 98% customer reference rating as measured in 2007 by leading independent market research analyst, Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS). Prior to TomorrowNow, Shelley spent 6 years at PeopleSoft, 3 as a Financials Consultant leading implementations and 3 as a Financials Application Developer. Prior to that, she was a Senior Consultant at Anderson for 3 years. Mrs. Nelson holds Bachelors Degree in Marketing and a Masters in International Business from University of Houston.

Tonu Mikk

Tonu Mikk works in the University of Minnesota’s Disability Resource Center as an adaptive technology specialist. Tonu works throughout the University community to assess and recommend adaptive technology; assess application accessibility; and share his web accessibility expertise. Tonu’s role in the program was to assess PeopleSoft application pages for accessibility and review and submit issues from accessibility testing reports. Tonu lives with his wife and two children in South Minneapolis.

Larry Grey

Mr. Grey was among PeopleSoft’s first 500 employees and transitioned to Oracle after the PeopleSoft acquisition. Mr. Grey directed implementation of PeopleSoft’s first Financials systems at Goldman Sachs, AXA Equitable, Turner Broadcasting and Boeing and led PeopleSoft’s Southeast region consulting practice to achieve the highest customer satisfaction ratings at PeopleSoft. He managed reporting /metadata development within the PeopleTools group, led the transition of PeopleSoft’s product architecture from client/server to internet and created 5 new products. After Oracle’s acquisition of PeopleSoft, Mr. Grey was responsible for incorporating Oracle technology into PeopleSoft’s products. Prior to PeopleSoft, Mr. Grey was instrumental in developing PeopleSoft’s Public Sector Financials products for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Mr. Grey holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University.


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