January 2015 Financial Close – Reporting Now Available

The financial close for January, 2015 in UR Financials (Workday) is now final.  You can now run your monthly ledgers and other reports.

We will be reviewing the new Reporting worklet and be available to answer your questions at upcoming User Call In sessions and Reporting Workshops.   Please sign up on the website if you plan on attending.

Introducing the New Reporting Worklet

Based on user feedback, we have introduced a new Reporting Worklet that contains links to frequently used reports.  This worklet will appear automatically on your Home page.  Additional details will be communicated on the UR Financials website prior to Monday’s release.  We will also be reviewing the worklet at upcoming User Call In sessions and Reporting Workshops.   Please sign up on the website if you plan on attending.

Questions, please send an email using the Contact Us link on the website.   Thanks.

January 2015 Financial Close Schedule Update

As previously announced, the financial close for January, 2015 in UR Financials (Workday) is currently scheduled to be complete by the morning of Tuesday, February 10th.   Until then, we will be running summary reports to validate the results and verify that all interfaces and transactions posted as expected.

Communication will be sent out Tuesday morning announcing that the system is available for running January reports.  If the schedule changes for any unforeseen reason, we will send out communications to notify you.

Questions, please send an email using the Contact Us link on the website.  Thanks.

Updated Crosswalks Available

Several Crosswalks have been updated and are listed below.

When using these tools, you will see that some FRS subcodes have been consolidated under one Spend or Revenue Category. In addition, you will find 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.

Use the FDC and these Tools: FRS Subcode to Workday Worktags Crosswalk in conjunction with the updated UR Financials Ledger Accounts, Spend & Revenue Category Listing

  • FRS Department to Workday Cost Center Crosswalk
  • FRS Account to UR Financials FAO Crosswalk
  • UR Financials Ledger Accounts, Spend & Revenue Category Listing
  • FRS Subcode to Workday Worktags Crosswalk

UR Financials Live for Certified Users

UR Financials, our new financial system, is running live in our production environment.

All certified users can log into the system at this time.  This refers to users that have completed the following:

  1. Have a Workday Access Form submitted
  2. Passed all necessary training assessments in Blackboard.
    1. This includes the Introduction to UR Financials eLearning
    2. AND the Non Company Level Reporting class and test for non company level users.

If you have not completed the above items, please do so now.

Provided is a list of Certified Users as of February 25, 2015 PM.  After achieving certification, access should be provided 1-2 business days later.

If you have any questions, please contact your local Project Champion.

Take the UR Financials Survey Before it’s Closed

Thank you to all that have taken the project survey opened on October 16th. As a reminder, there is only one week left before the survey is closed.  Your feedback is important.

Our first survey was distributed in April and we received positive and encouraging feedback. Your responses will allow us to continue to tailor project activities to your needs.

Please click here to take the anonymous survey by October 31st, 2014. 

Side note: we have had technical difficulties with releasing the survey for last week’s Demo Days.  We appreciate your patience as we resolve this and post accordingly.

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 .

 

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! 

 

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.

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