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Monthly Updates

August 2012


Welcome to COMPASS Roadmap Monthly!

COMPASS Roadmap Monthly is a newsletter created to familiarize and educate current and potential users of the COMPASS products and others just generally interested in the project. This monthly newsletter supplements the current biweekly COMPASS Roadmap newsletter that some of you may already be receiving.


What is COMPASS?

COMPASS stands for Commitment, Planning and Support Systems. It is a three part strategic initiative that includes new processes, systems, and reporting using three tools: Hyperion, Data Warehouse, and Commitment Accounting. The goal of COMPASS is to implement more detailed and efficient planning, budgeting, and management information system. These tools are part of a system that will enable users to be more productive and more successful in their day-to-day work.

To learn more about COMPASS and the different facets of the initiative, view the COMPASS 101 interactive online tutorial.


Hyperion Financial (FIN) is Ready!

In July 2012, employees began using Hyperion FIN. The tool can be used to maintain Fiscal Year 2013 budgets and report on key financial data. To gain access to FIN, users should first attend training provided by their campus budget office.

For more information about when the different phases of COMPASS will be deployed, refer to the project timeline.


Resources and Support are Available

Many employees may be wondering, “What does this mean for me?” As a potential or future user of Hyperion, the COMPASS project team wants to assure you that support resources are in place. We are also developing more as the project implementation progresses.

  • Communications keeping key audiences informed have and will continue to be sent on a regular basis. Your COMPASS Roadmap Monthly newsletter is one such communication!
  • End user training is being conducted on all of the campuses. If it hasn’t already, look for a training invitation in your inbox.
  • Training materials, including online tutorials, training guides, and quick reference guides are being developed and are available online.
  • IT help desks at all the campuses are prepped and ready to begin responding to user questions as they arise. If you have an issue or question, contact your local IT help desk for assistance. The help desk will respond to your question or direct you to someone who can help. For a visual representation of the support model, refer to the Hyperion Support Flowchart.

As COMPASS enhances systems and processes, it is vitally important that users are comfortable and supported. If you have questions about COMPASS, please contact campus budget officer.

If you are not on the COMPASS Roadmap distribution list, but would like to receive future issues, send your request to compass@umsystem.edu.


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