Financial Data Model Crosswalks updated

The following three (3) crosswalks and job aid listing has been updated on the Tools page as of July 23, 2015.

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

These crosswalks are used for FAO, Worktag, Ledger Accounts and Spend / Revenue Category reference. Each have their own guidance and disclaimers as noted on the Tools page.

Sign Up for User Group Meeting

Sign up for this month’s UR Financials User Group meeting.
We will start the meeting with announcements, followed by a discussion on UR Financials Integrations and Year-End Close updates.

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

Time:
Wednesday, July 15th from 1:30PM – 2:30PM

Location – In Person:
Held at the Medical Center: Room 2-7544 (select the second floor CEL Department Map)

WebEx:
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

Presentation materials will be posted on the Resource>User Group page.

Join Us – User Group Meeting on July 15th

Please join us for this month’s 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.  July’s meeting will focus on the UR Financials Integrations Process with Year-End Close updates.

Meeting date/time:
July 15th from 1:30 – 2:30 PM.
Please, sign-up to participate in person, or remotely.

Location: 
Medical Center: room 2-7544 (second floor CEL Department Map) and WebEx
WebEx participants click hereand enter your name and e-mail if prompted.
Meeting password is: Workday24

Conference call information:
Dial in: 1-888-330-3581Access Code: 6534022

Meeting agenda is posted below:

  • Project Announcement and Accomplishments
  • Integrations discussion
  • Financial Close Update
  • UR Financials Functionality Enhancements
  • Upcoming Events

Presentation materials will be accessible through this link.

UR Financials Planned Outage tonight at 11:00 PM EST

The UR Financials systems (Sandbox and Production) will be unavailable this evening, June 29th, at 11:00 PM while fixes are being applied by Workday.  Service should be back online at 2:00AM on June 30th.

As a precautionary measure, system monitoring will take place to verify overnight integration have not been impacted.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Demo Days on May 21, or May 22 – Join Us for a Reporting Demonstration!

Demo Day presentations occur monthly and are designed to provide a project update, and/or demonstrate functionality of our upcoming UR Financials system. This month we will offer TWO sessions due to the upcoming holiday.

Please join us for the May installation focusing on a Workday Reporting Update and Demonstration as well as a Project Update with adjusted timeline.

Identical Demo Day events will be offered on May 21st and May 22nd. 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
    –   Project Timeline
    –   Integration Update
  • Workday Reporting Strategy
    –   Reporting security
  • Workday Reporting Demonstration
    –   Highlight Key Reporting Features
    –   Run and Review a Non-Company FAO Activity Report
    –   Review a Monthly Ledger Report
  • Q&A
  • Wrap Up

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