Take the UR Financials Survey!

The UR Financials implementation is progressing towards its final phases.  As many of you are aware, this system will replace FRS, our aging legacy financial system, by January, 2015. 

 

Once again we solicit your feedback in an effort to ensure necessary levels of preparedness. Your continued response allows us to tailor project activities to your needs.  

UR Financials Survey

Please take five minutes to answer the anonymous survey through the link above. The survey will be available until October 31, 2014 .

 

FRS Subcode to Workday Worktags Crosswalk — REVISED LAYOUT

We have modified the structure of this existing spreadsheet with a new layout.  This crosswalk spreadsheet now has two tabs to represent Integrations that flow through Workday (January 1, 2015) and the Converted Balances that we are migrating to Workday (July 1 – December 31 2014). Note that each tab includes both SL & GL subcodes. Utilize filtering to perform searches.

Converted Data will be translated from FRS to Workday terms using the “Balance Conversions” tab for July 1 thru Dec 31 2014 balances.  Starting in January 1, 2015, all transactions will use the “Integrations” tab for the second half of FY2015 and ongoing.  The major differences with these two tabs is how Property, Plant & Equipment is handled.

Visit the Tools page and scroll down to the FRS Subcode to Workday Worktags Crosswalk section to access this crosswalk.  Once opened, use this spreadsheet to look up favorite FRS subcodes to determine the corresponding Workday Spend Category, Revenue Category and Ledger account.  As additional subcodes are added to FRS, the UR Financials project team will update the cross reference to reflect these changes.

Data represented from Cognos as of September 2, 2014 (FY2014 and FY2015 with New subcode description or attribute change)

Some FRS subcodes have been consolidated under one Spend or Revenue Category.  There are also new Spend and Revenue Categories that don’t currently exist in FRS as subcodes.  This is by design as we move to the new Chart of Accounts in UR Financials.

Sign Up for Demo Days This Week!

As part of the UR Financials project effort, monthly Demo Days events were held to introduce Workday and demonstrate its functionality. We have since transitioned to informational sessions, starting with a project update followed by a spotlight on a relevant topic.

August’s installation has been changed to focus on the UR Financial Survey Results, areas of opportunity and the action items that we have identified to address them. Please review the presentation materials prior to the session AND come prepared to provide feedback.  This will be an interactive event.

Wednesday 8/20: Alumni and Advancement Center Seminar Room 101, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Thursday 8/21: River Campus, Gleason 318/418, 3 – 4 PM
Friday 8/22: Medical Center, G-9425 Class of ’62 Auditorium, 3 – 4 PM

There are still open seats left! Please access the UR Financials website to sign up for an option of your choice.

Training Materials Now Available

Are you interested in learning more about how the new financial system works? We have released a series of educational tools early to orient and prepare users for the new financial system. These are all available on the UR Financials Training page.

1. Introduction to UR Financials (Prerequisite to all instructor-led classes) *

This 45-minute e-learning course explains what UR Financials (Workday) is and how to use it. Topics include:

  • Explanation of the new Financial Data Model (FDM)
  • How to translate FRS account information to the new Chart of Accounts
  • How to log in, navigate, and search the new system
  • How to run a basic report in the new system

2. Introduction to Forms (Prerequisite to all form instructional videos)

This video explains the impact of the new Chart of Accounts on your FRS accounts and commonly used forms. Topics include:

  • Explanation of the new Financial Data Model (FDM)
  • Translation tools that will convert FRS accounts to the new structure
  • How to apply translation tools to the updated financial forms

3. Form Instructional Videos

This video series details what will be changing in individual finance forms. (Draft forms are also available for preview on the UR Financials Training page.)

More information is to come on dates, times, and registration for instructor-led classes that will be held in November-December.

* NOTE: Users who will be taking instructor-led classes will need to complete a certification test at the end of the Introduction to UR Financials e-learning course. This test will be released in October.  Please know, you may review the e-learning course multiple times prior to taking this test.

Take the UR Financials Survey Before it’s Closed

Thank you to all that have taken the survey opened last Thursday. As a reminder, there is only one week left before the survey is closed.  Your feedback is important to us!

Our first survey was distributed in April and we received positive and encouraging feedback. Having completed several milestones since then and increasingly sought to engage the user community, we would like to gauge your perceptions around the upcoming change. Your responses will allow us to continue to tailor project activities to your needs.

Please click here to take the anonymous survey by August 14, 2014. 

Are We Ready? – Take the UR Financials Survey!

As many of you are aware, efforts to replace FRS, our aging legacy financial system, have been underway. In November 2012, we kicked off our UR Financials project geared at implementing Workday throughout the University. The system will be operational by January 1, 2015.

 

In an effort to ensure necessary levels of preparedness as we progress through the implementation, we are soliciting your feedback again. Your responses continue to allow us to tailor project activities to your needs.

 

UR Financials Survey

Please take five minutes to answer the anonymous survey through the link above by August 14, 2014 . All participants will be entered into a drawing for five prizes so don’t miss this opportunity! 

 

Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting– Accounts Payable

Thursday, July 24th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm at the Alumni and Advancement Center on East River Road, Seminar Room (101)

The focus of this meeting will be a discussion on Documentation with examples of Transaction Types, Forms update, Future Topics and Key Dates.  A project update will be given at the beginning of the meeting.

Preliminary slides for the meeting have been posted in the Resources > Accounts Payable SIG tab.

Special Interest Group (SIG) – Accounts Payable

Thursday, June 26th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm at the Alumni and Advancement Center on East River Road, Seminar Room (101)

The focus of this meeting will be a discussion on the system’s AP Configuration Status and the Settlement Process in UR Financials using Workday.  A project update will be given at the beginning of the meeting.

The slides for the meeting have been posted in the Resources > Accounts Payable SIG tab.

UR Financials Ledger Accounts, Spend & Revenue Category Listing – Just Updated!

An updated job aid is available that shows ledger accounts and their associated spend or revenue categories, if applicable.  This Excel spreadsheet allows users to look up ledger accounts and categories based on the nature of the transaction. As additional ledger accounts and categories are created, the UR Financials project team will update this job aid to reflect those changes.

Refer to the crosswalk spreadsheet here.  Data represented from Workday as of June 20, 2014.

For feedback or questions, please use the Contact Us link on the UR Financials website.

UR Financials Go-Live Postponed to January 1, 2015

The go-live date for the new finance system, UR Financials, has been delayed to January 1, 2015. To ensure a smooth transition from FRS to UR Financials, additional time is needed to validate system performance and complete thorough testing, data conversion, and system integrations. This delay will not affect the scope of system functionality at go live nor exceed the project budget. Please contact the UR Financials team with any questions or concerns.

The FRS Account to UR Financials FAO Crosswalk – Update

The preliminary cross reference between FRS accounts and Financial Activity Object (FAO) is available for use. The Excel spreadsheet allows users to look up their FRS accounts and determine the corresponding UR Financials FAO. As additional accounts are added to FRS, the UR Financials project team will update the cross reference to reflect the changes.

FRS Accounts pulled from Cognos as of 4/24/14 (Open, Frozen status) — Does not include Net Investment in Plant (NIP) FRS accounts.

Refer to the crosswalk spreadsheet here.

Feedback or questions, please use the Contact Us link on the UR Financials website

UR Financials Project – Go Live Delay Update

We last communicated on April 1 2014 that the July 2014 go-live of the UR Financials project will be postponed until later in the fiscal year. We expect to delay approximately 4-6 months.   The delay will not affect the scope of system functionality at go-live, but it will help ensure a better implementation that should enhance the user experience at go-live and beyond.

We continue to make significant progress on the issues we identified during testing while also keeping on pace with planned development and testing. We expect to resolve all major issues by early May 2014 so that we can resume with additional testing. Based on the progress made resolving the issues, we will publish revised plans with a new go-live date in May 2014.

Please forward questions you may have using the Contact Us link on the UR Financials website.

Doug Wylie and John Barden
Project Management, UR Financials 

Notice – UR Financials “Go-Live” Postponed

Together, we continue to make significant progress with the financial system replacement project. Thank you for your continued engagement. Functionality and quality have been, and remain paramount, in our implementation of Workday Financials. Through extensive testing, several items have surfaced that are taking some time to resolve in partnership with Workday before going forward. For example, during recent testing of the Workday financial system, the processing time we experienced was much longer than we considered acceptable. In order to improve the system performance, Workday has fast-tracked this issue as a top priority for their technical team. We fully anticipate a successful resolution to this and all significant issues. However, we do not believe adequate time remains in the current plan to fully test these changes. Therefore, after a thorough discussion with the Executive Steering Committee we have decided to postpone go-live from our originally planned date of July 1, 2014 to later in the fiscal year.

We would ask that we all continue on pace with current work plans. Interim dates established for interfaces, testing, and other work requests largely remain unchanged and require continued effort. Within the next four to six weeks, we expect to publish revised plans with a new go-live date after individual items have been resolved and tested. We will keep you posted as we progress, proactively reach out to those impacted by this change in deployment date, and look to your continued support going forward. This slight delay will help assure a better implementation which should enhance the end user experience for our University community at go-live and beyond.

Please forward questions you may have using the Contact Us link on the UR Financials website.

Doug Wylie and John Barden
Project Management, UR Financials

Join Us for March 19/ 20/ 21 Demo Days

You may be familiar with Demo Days or have participated in one of these events, designed to introduce Workday and demonstrate its functionality. We have since transitioned to informational sessions, starting with a project update followed by a spotlight on a relevant topic.

Please join us for the March installation focusing on Accounts Payable Process Changes, Financial Form samples, along with a Project and Training update. 

We have heard your feedback and are pleased to be offering three identical sessions to make it easier to attend. Please Sign-Up Here for an option that is most convenient for you.

For those partaking in the meeting via WebEx, please Click Hereand enter your name and e-mail if prompted. The meeting password is: workday

Conference call info is included below:
Dial in: 1-888-330-3581Access Code: 6534022

Meeting agenda is posted below. Presentation materials will also be accessible through this link.

  • UR Financials Overview
    –   Testing Update
    –   Project Timeline
  • Updated Financial Forms
  • Accounts Payable Process Changes
    –   How Invoices are Sent to Accounts Payable
    –   How to Monitor AP Processes
    –   Documentation and How to Get It
    –   How Invoices are sent to Accounts Payable
    –   Settlement Process and How to Monitor It
  • Training and Communications Updates
  • Future Demo Day Topics
  • Q&A