Luma is a word based on the latin origin of lumin, meaning "to shine light on" or "to make clear". The name Luma evokes a feeling of transparency and speaks to our efforts in illuminating the state’s financial operations. Luma shines a light for excellence in information transparency, consolidation and standardization for all Idaho citizens.
The vision statement sets forth the aspirational road map for the project and provides guidance for decision-making and long term planning of transformation efforts:
"Acquire, implement, and sustain a statewide enterprise system that modernizes and transforms the way the State of Idaho does business, improves transparency, and provides a core foundation for the future."
Idaho's Employee Information System (EIS) and Statewide Accounting and Reporting System (STARS) were acquired by the State Controller in 1987 and 1988. Investments in interfaces, data warehousing, and online reporting tools extended the life of the aging software and gave Idaho the largest possible return on investments. However, this key infrastructure has reached the end of its useful life.
Recognizing the risks associated with Idaho’s aging business systems, in 2014, the State Controller sponsored a systems modernization study after receiving approval and funding from the legislature. Information Services Group (ISG), an independent third-party firm with expertise in the public sector, conducted a study and submitted a report titled “System Modernization Study Business Case Analysis” on January 12, 2015. The study primarily evaluated two options. The first option was to maintain the status quo with a variety of disparate systems across state agencies. The second option was to acquire and implement a statewide modern Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that encompasses a software suite of fully integrated modules for business operations. ISG recommended that the State of Idaho implement a “fully integrated, commercial off-the-shelf ERP system to address current and future statewide and user agency administrative business needs.” Considering the risks to the state, the State Controller decided to follow the study recommendation.
Luma Project Charter Signed Final 02-12-2019.pdf