Cognos Reporting

Current services. New initiatives. These are among the ways that the OUC can help you with your fiscal responsibilities and personal/professional development.
The popular m-Fin Blog – dedicated to all things related to our Cognos management financial reports – has set up house in the new Controller website.
It’s back:Your guide to FYE do’s and dates. Handily separated out by topic and timeframe, the InfoPacket provides processing details for assuring appropriate payment or accrual to FY 2014. New this year: expanded detail on what you should expect to see on your financial statements.
"Works great!" "Showed up beautifully!" "Very, very helpful!" The above statements reflect the enthusiastic reviews of actual report users at CU. They’re talking about the new m-Fin RECEIVABLES TRANSACTION FINDER. This new report assists in tracking down a project sponsor payment that might have been booked on the wrong FOPPS. Identify the specific payment amount you’re looking for … or identify the specific sponsor and look at all projects for that sponsor. Either way, you’ll get a simple list report that can help you figure out what happened.
The Cognos Reporting System is a fast-moving financial reporting tool. How do you keep up with OUC staff members Carl Sorenson and Sarju Khadka ... and their continuous Cognos improvements (enhancements to existing reports and development of new reports)?
Departments with sponsored project activity: check out the new Cognos Reporting System folder, Finance > Project Reports. And in particular, check out the newest addition to that folder, m-Fin PROJECT FINANCIAL STATUS. This report is getting great reviews from faculty and staff who love its project-only focus and comprehensive scope. It’s similar to the popular m-Fin OPERATING SUMMARY but was designed (and runs) exclusively for projects. 
If you aren’t reading Carl’s m-Fin blog, you’re missing some very interesting developments in the Cognos Reporting System. Here’s a recent example: The new m-Fin ACCOUNT ACTUALS PERIOD BY FISCAL YEAR report summarizes Account ChartField values (as the report title indicates) across the accounting periods of multiple fiscal years. History in your hands! You can review historical cash balances on a clinical trial … take a look at salary over the years … or monitor operating expenditures. But there’s more.
During the OUC Town Hall sessions on the campuses, we showed a looping slide show of Office of University Controller facts and figures. The slide show was titled, "OUC by the Numbers" and after the town halls, we received some requests to replay some of the numbers for you on this blog. So following is an excerpt ... a select number of the Numbers: 10,170,471 - journal lines created in FY 2013 45,207 - active SpeedTypes 2,020 - PeopleSoft Finance System users 263 - learning resources available online for fiscal systems and policies
If you haven't worked in the Cognos Reporting System recently, you should know that there's a new folder in town: It's called HELP and it provides quick and easy access to Carl's m-Fin blog, to Cognos learning resources, and to the FinPro Help Desk.
The OUC closed out a week of Town Hall sessions with a visit to the Denver Campus on Fri, Oct 11. We had a nice crowd in the beautiful Business School building downtown. Participants were particularly interested in learning about the OUC's work in technology/resources, Cognos m-Fin reports, and PeopleSoft Finance.  We were pleased to review the comments and suggestions on the session feedback forms ... and particularly appreciated the statement, "Thank you for your time and enthusiasm!" A great way to wrap up our Town Halls for 2013. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!