Archive August 2011

 
Currently there are no descriptions on PO lines (Purchase Order lines).  Did you order bucket of bolts for $10?  In the m-Fin FINANCIAL DETAIL report you see a PO line for $10 but no description on it saying "bucket of bolts."  This is because the descriptions are missing from the underlying CIW database table used by m-Fin.  IRM and the CU Marketplace team have devised a solution for this and are testing it now.  It only fixes the missing PO line descriptions.  The voucher line descriptions that have always been there remain truncated to 30 characters because they are stored this way in CU's
While it is great that Cognos can run several speedtypes at once, this does result in a more sophisticated speedtype prompting interface. We search for speedtypes and then insert them. This feels a bit cumbersome when you are just itching to key in a speedtype and go. So we are experimenting with an additional prompt titled SINGLE SPEEDTYPE.
    Often after running a report and reviewing the output, I want to run it again for mostly the same parameters, changing perhaps just one thing. For example I might add one more speedtype, or run for a different accounting period. In conventional web surfing the browser's back button would work for this. In Cognos, however, the browser's normal back button it does not work. Cognos provides the Run button. I often call it the rerun button.
    Six m-Fin reports migrated to CU's production Cognos system today.
    1. m-Fin ACCOUNT RANGE BY FUND
      New. A great way to highly summarize Assets, Liabilities, Revenues, Expenditures, and Transfers for sets of speedtypes or a department when there are different funds. You pick which funds go into up to five columns.
    Here is a tip for most m-Fin reports, those that accept speedtype on the first page of prompting.  It's a little thing, but I use it many times a day.  You can enter one speedtype, or enter several separated by spaces. Then, instead of clicking the Search button with your mouse, use its keyboard shortcut: hit the enter key.
    These four m-Fin reports have migrated from Cognos QA to Cognos production:
    1. m-Fin ACCOUNT NUMBER
      More flexible account code selection. Multi-value Fund Code prompt. Fixed problem of drills to Balance Sheet accounts not returning data.
    2. m-Fin FINANCIAL DETAIL