Faculty Fin/HR Frequently Asked Questions

 

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The Integrated System

Preparation & Access

Training Requirements

Alternatives to Using the System

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The Integrated System

What is the Integrated System?
The Integrated Systems Project is a an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, a state-of-the-art group of integrated software applications from Oracle Corp. in the areas of finance and human resources information management. The third component of the Integrated System is SIS, an integrated student information system from PeopleSoft, owned by Oracle.

Does the Integrated System affect me?
The finance implementation affects those faculty members who do their own purchasing on-line and who create, run or view financial reports on-line. The human resources implementation has little effect on faculty.

What is a PTAEO?
This is a five-segment account that allows you to do enhanced reporting. The segments are:

When making a purchase, you enter the appropriate PTAEO. Your departmental business officer is able to tell you the equivalent P-T-A-O for your current account. The E, like object code, will depend on what you are purchasing. All of these values are available on-line as lists of values from which to choose. All salaries, wages, and stipends are also charged to PTAEO.

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Preparation & Access

What type of computer, operating system, and software do I need to use the system?
Click here for desktop requirements. It is important that you review this information since not every computer operating system will function within the Integrated System environment. In addition, there are several pieces of software that must be loaded on the machines in order to run the Integrated System system and its query tool, Discoverer.

What do I have to do if I want to use the system?
Anyone who uses the Integrated System will have to be assigned an "Integrated System responsibility," go through training, sign an Electronic Access Agreement, and be given a password. The only exception for this is viewing reports, where classroom training is not required to receive the responsibility and password. If you think you require access to the system, contact your departmental business manager.

Do I have to sign an Electronic Access Agreement?
If you are given an Integrated System responsibility, you will have to sign an Electronic Access Agreement. Everyone throughout the University with a given responsibility has access to the same forms and information as everyone else with that responsibility. Therefore, it is essential that each person has signed an Electronic Access Agreement confirming that they understand the proper use of the information and the consequences of misuse.

Can I view reports on-line in the Integrated System?
You can view reports if you have the right software loaded (see "Prepare Your Desktop"), you have been assigned Viewer responsibility, and you have followed on-line instructions, attended a demonstration, or been shown how to view reports on-line. Reports may be viewed real time from within the Integrated System applications (e.g., OGM Viewer responsibility). Additional reports are available from the Operational Data Store (ODS) (if only viewing from the ODS and not from the applications, you would require the ODS Viewer responsibility).

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Training Requirements

Do I need training to view reports?
On-line instructions and/or large group demonstrations are available for viewing reports. Or a trained employee can show you how to view reports.

Do I need training just to approve transactions?
Yes, approvers must receive the same training as the person entering the transaction. Anyone authorized to approve a transaction in the Integrated System has access to the same forms and information as the individuals doing the transactions. Therefore, they must know how to navigate correctly and be able to interpret the transaction they are approving. Approvers may be assigned the lowest level of responsibility that provides access to the forms to minimize the hours of training required.

Do I, or my employees, need training to create unique reports?
Yes. Classes are required for employees who will create reports. The reporting tool, Discoverer, is an end-user query tool and it is relatively easy to learn and use.

Do I, or my employees, need training to do purchasing on-line?
Yes. There are two departmental level purchasing responsibilities, and both require classroom training.

Why can't someone in my departmental office train me or my employees?
Everyone throughout the University with a given responsibility has access to the same forms and information as everyone else with that responsibility. Therefore, it is essential that each person has been trained on the proper use of the forms and information and has signed an Electronic Access Agreement confirming that they understand their proper use and the consequences of misuse. Receiving the standard training also minimizes the possibility of incorrect information being provided and removes the time burden of training from schools and departments.

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Alternatives to Using the System

Do I have to go into the Integrated System to certify effort reports?
No. The University's system of record for effort reporting is Effort@UVa. This system uses data from the Integrated System, but is not a module of the system itself. Certifiers will receive an email from Effort@UVa when an effort report is ready for review/certification.

For additional information, see Access to Effort@UVa or Resources/Help on the Office of Sponsored Programs website.

If I do not want to be trained or do not have access to a properly configured PC, what alternatives do I have for viewing reports?
You would have to have someone in your departmental office print the report for you.

If I do not want to be trained or do not have access to a properly configured PC, what alternatives do I have for running reports?
In order to run Discoverer Plus reports you must first:

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Help

What help resources are available?

If I have questions, whom should I contact?
Because the people in your department will know most about how they are implementing the Integrated System, we suggest you seek assistance in the following order: