OneUniversity training environment now live

The new training environment portal.

The OneUniversity Finance training environment has been updated and is now live. Based on feedback we’ve received at our training sessions, we’ve added transactional and budget data to reflect the information which will be available once the system is live. This means that the training environment will be as similar to the live system as possible.

Stuart Moorhouse, Business Transformation project manager, said: “It’s a major milestone for the Programme and for our teams in the Schools and Directorates which is reflective of the hard work and effort which has gone into it. The new training environment provides a great opportunity for staff to find out how the system works and get hands-on experience using real data”.

Why have we launched a training environment?
The main benefit of having the training system available before the live system is launched is the opportunity for staff to practice their day to day activities in a safe and secure environment. This means staff can ‘hit the ground running’ on tasks when OneUniversity Finance is live.

What data / configuration is available?
All user profiles and roles as well as transactional data for the 2017/2018financial year plus periods 1-5 for the 2018/2019 financial year. A selection of reports, workflows, processes, budgets, forecasting and year-end balances will all be available.

Where to access the system and get support
Our Knowledge Base has a comprehensive list of Q&As. We also have training materials on Blackboard and in the all-staff folder in Box. Further training on the new system will be scheduled and communicated through our usual channels including the Business Transformation website.

What’s next?
We’ll continue to keep you updated on any issues or news relating to the training environment and our business readiness activities as we move forward with the Programme. We’d welcome any feedback, suggestions or queries you may have. Please email the BT team.

Getting Students In Place

The University has procured a new student placement management solution called In Place by Quantum IT. This will give all areas in the University the means to record and manage student placements in a single solution.

The software allows different academic areas to specify criteria for placement requirements and hold this in a single piece of software, which will talk to our existing student systems, like SITS, and One University. This will provide:

  • a consistent approach to recording and managing placements,
  • better recording, communication and  data accuracy,
  • enhanced partner relationship management and processing.

Following a procurement process that involved academic and professional services staff from across the University, the Digital Strategy Committee has agreed that we will roll out this functionality to all areas of the University.

The first students to be placed using the solution will be from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, swiftly followed by the other Schools with professional requirements, namely Dentistry, Social Work and Medicine.

Streamlined invoice matching

OneUniversity is adding a new automated solution for capturing invoice data. This means that Schools and Directorates will see their invoices paid sooner when the solution replaces the current manual data entry for invoice matching.

When over 80,000 invoices a year are matched in OneUniversity instead of by hand, our Accounts Payable (AP) staff will be free to investigate and resolve any mismatch cases. By saving so much time the new functionality will benefit:

  • University purchasers who’ll have invoice mismatches resolved more quickly
  • Suppliers who’ll make fewer queries and get paid within the 30-day term
  • Accounts Payable staff who’ll concentrate on value-adding tasks

You can find out more about how the data-capturing solution for invoice matching works .

Enhancements to Interim Enquiry Management solution released

A number of enhancements to the Interim Enquiry Management solution have just been released.

The solution, used by the Enquiry team, captures enquiries from potential applicants and tracks correspondence between them and the University. Visit the Business Transformation website to read the full story.

 

 

Important information about delegation of expenses

The Programme has explored the possibility of using the delegations functionality within One University.

Due to the nature of an integrated system, the addition of modules such as Human Resources gives the potential for inappropriate access to sensitive information.

The Programme has therefore taken the decision not to use this functionality. If you have any queries, please contact business-transformation@dundee.ac.uk

We have a winner!

We’re pleased to announce that the winner of the Digital Dexterity competition is Amy Pass from the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO).

Amy made an expense claim on her mobile phone in just over a minute – 01:04 to be precise. Her flexible fingers beat off stiff competition from her own colleagues at DARO and External Relations who took nine out of the 10 top spots on our leader board. There must be something in their water cooler.

Amy was delighted to win a £30 Amazon voucher.

From the go-live date on 1 November everyone will be responsible for completing their own expenses in OneUniversity. If you haven’t used the system yet, come along to one of our Expenses drop-in surgeries between 6 September and 18 October. You can view the sessions on the Business Transformation website.

You can try out claiming an expense on OneUniversity right now on a computer, tablet or mobile in our Train environment. Have a look at our self-service training materials and give it a go.

Travel and Expenses competition hits the road

We’re rolling out our summer Travel and Expenses competition for another month and this time we’re bringing it straight to you!

We’ll be taking the Digital Dexterity competition on the road around Schools and Directorates so you and your colleagues can challenge each other to see who completes a Travel and Expenses claim on their mobile the fastest.

If this will be the first time you get your hands on the system you’re about to find out how easy and fast it is to use and the overall winner’s prize is a £30 Amazon voucher. Your change champion will be getting in touch with you soon and inviting us over to put you all to the test. So beat the clock and beat your colleagues.

Terms and conditions:

Competition open to UoD staff only.
Entries close at midnight on Thursday 30 August.
No alternative prize will be offered.
The winner will be announced on Friday 31 August.

Cyber security on your mobile

The OneUniversity solution can be used when you want, where you want and on any  connected device you choose. As well as providing a high level of flexibility, we have ensured that using the system is in full compliance with the recent government Cyber Essentials security scheme.

Here are some questions we have been asked about using OneUniversity securely on a private, personal or mobile device:

Q. Is my login to the OneUniversity portal secure?
A. Yes, the only way to access the system is to log in using your UoD credentials (authenticated single sign on). This is the same as the way you access the Office 365 portal and other University cloud-based solutions.

Q. Do I have to download an app to access OneUniversity on my mobile device?
A.No, OneUniversity is currently accessed through a browser with your secure sign on.

Q. Can I access OneUniversity outside the University network?
A. Yes, you can access OneUniversity securely outside of the University network as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) will be in place for any mobile device?

Q. How do I securely log out of OneUniversity on my mobile device?
A. To log out of OneUniversity on a mobile device simply close the window on your browser.

Q. Does my phone retain any data from OneUniversity after I have used it?
A. No, your phone will not download any data as all interactions in OneUniversity are cloud based. Please note that in the Travel and Expenses function of OneUniversity, while you can upload your receipt documents to the solution, you are not able to download data to your device.

Q. Can I safely access other University services using my mobile device?
A. Yes, using a browser you can access services such as webmail and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which don’t download data.*

Q. Is security training compulsory before accessing OneUniversity on a mobile device?
A. Yes, Business Transformation is working with IT to ensure that all users who will access OneUniversity will have completed mandatory security training by 1 October 2018. You can find the module at My Dundee under My Organisation.

Q. Has Business Transformation been working with IT to ensure that each user is in compliance with the Cyber Essentials security scheme?
A. Yes, colleagues from BT and UoDIT have been working closely on security to ensure that we’re adhering to the required Scottish government policies.

* Current UoD policy demands that, in order to use your phone for work-related activity such as accessing emails that are stored on your device, you must download the InTune app that allows the University to secure the device: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/it/guide/details/secure-mobile-working.php?. This policy does not extend at the moment to the use of web-based connections to services (OneUniversity, webmail, VLE, OneUniversity) that do not download data but is in review as part of Cyber Essentials.

If you have further questions about using the solution securely please contact us at: business-transformation@dundee.ac.uk.

T-Rex in the Park

We were joined at the spectacularly sunny BT BBQ last week by a visitor who didn’t look out of place among the ferns at the Botanic Garden.

We asked Mr Rex O’Saur whether he thought he had the digital dexterity to enter our summer Travel and Expenses on a mobile competition and he proved that you can teach a Jurassic-era giant reptile new tricks.

In spite of his genetically tiny forelimbs, he showed he could press the ‘submit’ button and roar at the same time!

Here, there and everywhere – get competitive

Our competition has been underway for a week and runs throughout July. A number of competitors from across the University have got us off to a great start with the top time on the leader board currently standing at 3 minutes and 54 seconds.

Look out for our promo video on University screens.

Everyone in the BT all-staff team meeting had thumbs twisting with the new easy-to-use function on our phones.

You can too:

1.  If you want to try on your own, come along to our Heathfield office to see how you fare.

2. Fancy a group challenge? Make a team who all want a go and we’ll bring our pop-up competition station (and t-shirts!) to your School or Directorate.

Contact us at business-transformation@dundee.ac.uk or see your Change Champion for details.

Stuart Moorhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuart has moved from Student Technical to manage the Finance and Procurement workstream.

What’s your role?

As senior project manager for Finance and P2P my responsibility is to take F&P live into the business. The role is operational, working directly with TechOne. We ask ‘What do we need to get in order to go live?’ We have a clear vision of what success will look like, then we manage and drive tasks forward to get there.

How did you get here?

I moved from a commercial background where we used an end-to-end production model into higher education. I’ve been learning to think about the University as a business with a complex set of institutional, as well as commercial, needs.

What’s next?

We are getting the OneUniversity Finance solution in a steady state, resolving defects before we undertake two cycles of formal testing. The testing will give us the evidence we need to show the solution is fit for purpose.

How is life in Dundee?

At work, I’ve been insistent that the solution should have a Scottish accent that’s configured to meet our specific Dundee needs – funny coming from a South African! At my local, the infamous Dundee pub Cutty Sark on the Kingsway, the strains of my own accent mean I never go unnoticed.