User Group Meeting Today

Please join us for the first UR Financials User Group meeting – held today, May 20th.
We will kick off the meeting with an update on accomplishments post go live, followed by a discussion on Reporting Workshops and UR Financials Communications. Also highlighted will be a review of Workday enhancements to come.

Please review the presentation materials prior to the session.

For those partaking in this meeting via WebExclick here and enter your name and e-mail if prompted. The meeting password is: Workday24

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

There are still open seats left! Please sign up for an option of your choice.

Sign up for Inaugural User Group Meeting

Please join us for the first UR Financials User Group meeting.  This group has been created to inform, discuss, and share UR Financials practice with one another for continued learning and support.  May’s meeting will focus on UR Financials Communications and Reporting.

Please, sign-up here to participate in person, or remotely on:
May 20th from 1:30 – 2:30 PM. (This group meets once a month)

For those partaking in the meeting via WebEx – click hereand enter your name and e-mail if prompted.
The meeting password is: Workday24
Conference call info is included below:
Dial in: 1-888-330-3581Access Code: 6534022

Meeting agenda is posted below:

  • Project Announcement and Accomplishments
  • Reporting Workshops
  • UR Financials Communications
    • Newsletter
    • Financial Close Notifications
  • UR Financials Functionality Enhancements
  • Upcoming Events

Presentation materials will be accessible through this link.

Inbox viewing in Workday: Full view upon selection

Your Workday Inbox viewing has slightly changed.  No longer will an arrow be used to select and view your entire message.

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Now your message will automatically appear to the right of the screen once selected from your Inbox.

  1. To expand the message view, select the Full screen Viewing Mode icon (double headed arrow) next to the gear Actions icon Inbox expand
  2. Select the icon once more (toggle) to return the message size to its original size

For more tips, please visit the Tips and Tricks section of the UR Financials Newsletter emailed to users every Friday.

 

My Workday 2.0 includes Grant Management Dashboard: Worklets 5 or less

Worklets on the My Workday 2.0 home page allows for quick access to your favorite links.  The My Workday 2.0 home page has undergone some recent changes listed below:

  1. Only allows up to five (5) Worklets to show at one time for all users
  2. Now automatically includes the Grant Management Dashboard for Grant users

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If more than 5 Worklets are configured on the My Workday 2.0 page, please prioritize the Worklets selected to only show the five needed. If you have more than five listed, the remaining Worklets will not appear.
To do this, Configure Worklets  to modify the type and order as you would like them to appear on your My Workday 2.0 page. This includes the Grant Management Dashboard that has been automatically provided to all Grant users now in Worklet form.

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

Provided is a list of Certified Users as of May 20, 2015 10:00 AM.  After achieving certification, access to UR Financials should be provided 1-2 business days later.

Certified users have completed the following:

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

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

FRS Subcode to Workday Worktags Crosswalk — UPDATED

Back in September we replaced 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 are how Property, Plant & Equipment are 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 November 7, 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.

The FRS Account to UR Financials FAO Crosswalk – Now Updated

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 11/19/14 (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

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 .

 

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.