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October 18, 2012

Campus Budget Officers Convene in Columbia

On Thursday, October 11, the campus budget officers attended their monthly meeting in Columbia to go over some important information concerning the COMPASS project.

First on the agenda was a more in depth training session of Remedy. Remedy is currently being used to track issues and potential fixes to the production environment of Hyperion-FIN and the PeopleSoft Budget Maintenance page. This will become even more useful as the next phases of Hyperion migrate to production.

Remedy training was followed by a demonstration of the latest functionality of the Hyperion-HCP application. The COMPASS project team was pleased to show the progress that has been made and highlighted new functionality (i.e., differing number of pay days in a month for hourly employees, nine-month contract appointment pay fix, pooled positions seeded to each department, and social security limits). These accomplishments will help during user acceptance testing. The user acceptance testing plan is currently being finalized and work on developing test scripts will begin in late October.

Of particular interest during the meeting was a timeline discussion. This conversation was focused on integrating the current budget year calendar with other important project dates. As the project moves forward, it is important that budget deadlines are met and calling attention to how those dates fall within the project calendar enables everyone to better manage their time. To view the integrated timeline, click here. The integrated timeline can also be viewed in a calendar format.

The meeting wrapped up with a back to basics session on existing tools within PeopleSoft and an open forum of other issues or topics of interest. The campus budget officers will reconvene in November.

COMPASS Milestones

The COMPASS project is on track and actually ahead of schedule in some areas. Below are the key accomplishments for each area.

  • Hyperion-LRP: Application migrated to the production instance. Training for Columbia users to begin in November.
  • Hyperion-HCP: Development of the application is complete, and HCP is being migrated to the test instance. Pilot groups and user acceptance testing participants have been identified.
  • Training: Materials for advanced COGNOS procedures completed and three new topics are in review. All training for Hyperion-FIN, save a few sessions, is complete.

Congratulations to the project team!

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