Enterprise Managed Reporting is the goal for meeting the financial reporting needs for all four campuses. The Enterprise Reporting Advisory Committee (ERAC) has been working with OnePurdue developers to create a structure to deliver reports through a secure, centralized environment to the report consumers. Reports will be delivered through the OnePurdue portal from either the Enterprise Application (sometimes called R/3) or from the Business Information Warehouse (BW), much like our mainframe and warehouse-reporting environment today. Delivery, however, will be paperless and will use new reporting tools called Business Explorer (BEx). ERAC members are available to discuss your reporting needs.
Click here to go to the finance and human resource presentations and videos page where you can view a November 2006 PowerPoint presentation on enterprise managed reporting, complete with system demonstrations.
The benefits of managed reporting for Purdue include using a single source of data for reporting needs. The information will be timely, accurate, and easy to use. Enterprise Application (R/3) data will be real-time and the BW will be refreshed daily. This will be a marked improvement from having to wait until overnight processing on the mainframe and monthly refreshes in DSS (Decision Support System).
In addition, users today often need to develop queries to answer questions or look up information. The OnePurdue Enterprise Application (R/3) has many of these queries “built in” to its modules. They run “behind the scenes,” making it easier to retrieve information than in the past. Anyone who has a business need to receive reports will be given access to this information and have the ability to personalize these reports to meet their specific data requirements.
Report users will need to familiarize themselves with the new data elements in the Enterprise Application (R/3) as well as in the BW. Training on how to retrieve reports, personalize them to meet their specific reporting needs and look up information on a need-to-know basis will be provided to staff. Workshops also are being planned to help individuals who would like assistance with these processes.
Specialized training will be available for power users and super users, who will write ad hoc queries and publish reports. There will also be BW developers available after implementation to help with cube development and the creation of specialized reports.