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Monthly Updates

October 2012

Crisp fall weather, leaves changing colors, football season in full swing, and Halloween just around the corner – October has arrived in Missouri. The COMPASS project team hopes that you all enjoy this next issue of COMPASS Roadmap Monthly and please have a happy and safe Halloween!

Bringing an Application to Life!

Frankenstine headAlthough not as complex as assembling Frankenstein, there are many steps or phases that must take place when implementing a new application, such as Hyperion. Each phase is important and relies on the successful completion of the previous one.

  1. Development: Database programmers spend countless hours developing the application based on specifications determined by the project team.
  2. Test: Project team members test the application’s functionality and ensure everything is working as expected. This step is sometimes more specifically known as “Unit Testing” followed by “System Testing.”
  3. Migrate to test environment: The application is migrated to a separate test environment* where it can be more widely tested without impacting ongoing development or enhancements of the application. You may see this abbreviated as “Migrate to TST.”
  4. Functional Testing (of Functional Validation): The application’s functionality, and the data within it, are verified for accuracy and usability by expert or “power” users.
  5. User acceptance testing (UAT): A select group of users access the system and run through a series of test scenarios to ensure the application is working properly. The goal of UAT is to identify and solve issues before deployment.
  6. Training: End users receive training in preparation for the final implementation of the system and the integration into their everyday tasks.
  7. Migrate to production environment: In anticipation of end user use, the application is migrated to the production environment. You may see this abbreviated as “Migrate to PRD.”
  8. Functional Testing (of Functional Validation): Data within the application and functionality is verified one last time for accuracy. This is the final validation of functionality and data in the production environment before the application is live and open to end users.
  9. Maintenance: The application is considered stable and reported issues and problems are addressed as needed.

*There are multiple, separate environments of an application that are utilized during an implementation. DEV is used for developing features and functionality, TST is used for testing, and PRD is the production environment for everyday use. Each environment is completely independent of the other.

Trick or Treat

halloween treat bagSpooky rumors always fly around when an implementation takes place. Do you know what is myth and what is fact when it comes to the COMPASS project? Put on your witch’s hat and test your knowledge.

Web Apps reports are going away.

MYTH! Although some of the reports within WebApps will be substituted with reports in Hyperion and COGNOS, WebApps will still be available and still contain financial reports. The WebApps budget variance reports for fiscal year budgets will be used for history (prior to FY2013) and will continue to be the choice for project-to-date budgets (i.e., grants and construction projects).

Data in Hyperion and Data Warehouse/COGNOS reports are updated daily.

FACT! Data within Hyperion is updated on a daily basis from PeopleSoft Financials. This is an automated process that occurs every night.

Commitment Accounting is not going to happen.

MYTH! Commitment Accounting, one of the main components of the COMPASS project, is not going away; however it is taking a different form. For more information, view COMPASS 101.

I can’t use the new system yet.

MYTH! Although not all facets of Hyperion are available yet (e.g., Human Capital Planning), once trained, users are able to access and use, as applicable, Hyperion-FIN, COGNOS reports, and the PeopleSoft Budget Maintenance page.

The system will be fully implemented in the spring.

MYTH! While all of the applications associated with Hyperion will be implemented by the end of the year, and Hyperion-FIN will be used for FY14 budget planning, it will take approximately 20 months before all campuses are also using Hyperion-HCP for FY15. LRP will be implemented at the discretion of each campus.

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