Cognos Reporting

 
Agenda items for the last controllers’ meeting of FY 2013: CUSP Awards Update; CU Foundation Update; July 1 Policy/procedures Changes (Accounting Handbook information on revenue recognition, gift cards, and capital assets); Feedback on Cognos SRECNP Report; FDW Firewall Update; Audit Update (interim fieldwork); Daily Financials in July; Bad Debt Expense (final decisions); Intergovernmental contracting Questions on discussion points from this and any other Campus Controllers’ Meeting should be directed to the appropriate campus controller. Note: The monthly meetings resume in September.
Do you hate it when headers disappear on your financial reports? Just remember: You are in control! For your Cognos financial reports, run in HTML, you can keep those column headers visible on screen while you scroll. All you need to do is right-click anywhere in the list. In the resulting pop-up box, select Freeze Column Headings. For more information, see Carl's m-Fin blog: www.cu.edu/controller/initiatives/reporting/?p=2698
The Office of University Controller recently presented Town Hall sessions to share accomplishments and initiatives with campus staff and hear their thoughts and questions. Each session included a presentation, Q&As, and opportunity for small group discussions on areas of particular interest to individual participants. If you missed the Town Halls - or would like to revisit them - you can run through the materials online. Fall 2012 OUC Town Hall materials →
Let’s catch up with our Reporting Systems staff – Carl Sorenson and Rosen Georgiev – and review recent developments in Cognos:

Gone Fishin’: New FishNet Replacements

The old FishNet query tool will be decommissioned later this fall so FishNet’s financial queries are now being reviewed for conversion to Cognos m-Fin reports. If you’ve needed the data provided by FishNet’s Pay Detail by Dept ID or Employee ID, please check out these m-Fin replacements (now available in the test environment, Cognos QA) and let Carl know what you think:
  • m-Fin PAYROLL TRANSACTIONS
We still respond to questions like “What happened to all the Cognos reports?” Your default display presents the first 15 reports. To see the remaining reports, use the entries scroll area (top right of screen, where it says 1-15). Click the double arrow to the right and the next 15 will show.
Want to access the PeopleSoft Finance System? Cognos Reporting? CU Marketplace? Concur Travel & Expense? PeopleSoft HRMS? … There’s an easy way – and in some cases, just one way – to get there:
  • Sign in to your campus portal using your desktop username and password.
  • Then look for the link you want under the Business Applications section on the portal home page.
The campus portals are located at:

Boulder

https://portal.prod.cu.edu/MyCUInfoFedAuthLogin.html

Colorado Springs

Your campus portal is the better (and starting April 16, the only) way to log in to your CU business applications. Just sign in to your campus portal using your desktop user name and password – and then click the link to the system you want: PeopleSoft Finance, PeopleSoft HRMS, Cognos Reporting, CU Marketplace, Concur Travel & Expense, and so forth. You may want to bookmark your campus portal:

Boulder

https://portal.prod.cu.edu/MyCUInfoFedAuthLogin.html

Colorado Springs

If you are one of the hundreds of FishNet users who love the Position Budget and other reports, there are 3 things you need to know:
  1. In April, we will be reaching out directly to FishNet users, emailing them to ascertain their opinions on reports and enhancements. We will also be asking about the type of training, documentation, and other help they would like us to provide in order to facilitate the transition from FishNet to Cognos m-Fin.
  2. Also in April, Cognos m-Fin replacements for old Fish-Net reports will begin to be available.
And now, why not take a moment to revamp the way you get news about Cognos financial reports? Sign up for an RSS feed on Carl’s reporting blog. It’s easy to do and it pays off every week with direct emails to your inbox whenever Carl blogs. You get just enough info in that email to help you decide if this post is relevant to you and you need to read the full post right away … or if it can wait till later. Oh yes – you also get some very fun pictures – like the “multiple project” 3-headed dragon, below:
As we move through the timeline of Cognos financial reports replacing older and unsupported reporting tools, we have updated our Reporting System Initiative site to keep you on track with our progress. Please take a moment to read!

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