Cal Answers Financials Demo @ CAN, Friday, May 11, 10:30 am

The Cal Assessment Network (CAN) Presents: Cal Answers Financials Demonstration

Date:   Friday, May 11, 2018

Time:  10:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Place: University Hall, room 150


Teal Sexton, Project Lead and Interim Director, Business Intelligence & Finance Systems

Jenny Su, Business Intelligence Project Functional Lead 

This session provides an update on the Cal Answers Financials project, a demo of the dashboards released to date, and an opportunity to give feedback on using the tool and ask questions of the presenters.

The Cal Answers Financials project consists of a series of releases, designed to transition reporting from BAIRS to Cal Answers by the end of 2018. The dashboards have standard views that allow you to filter, include, exclude, and move columns on the fly; save your customizations; and easily share customizations with a bookmark link. You no longer have to navigate a sea of reports that are essentially the same except for the ordering of the columns. The dashboards released so far include:

  • Financial Management reporting - Provides management reporting in financial statement signage that is great for sharing with decision-makers and non-finance stakeholders. Interactive financial reports that drill from summarized information down to transaction details.
  • Gift and Endowment reporting - Reports that help units understand what gifts and endowments they have available and how they can use these funds.
  • Human Resources reporting - Replaces highly used HR BAIRS reports with additional information and improved capabilities, as well as synthesizing a list of old reports into just a few key dashboards that can be adjusted to include or exclude information as needed.
  • General Ledger reporting - Replaces the GL summary and detail reports in BAIRS, for all levels of general ledger analysis.  Use this dashboard for day-to-day reconciliation with the BFS source system, tracking of seasonal activities by accounting period, access to data in asset and liability accounts, information on non-current funds and more, all using accounting (debit/credit) signage.

Session Agenda

  • Update on the Cal Answers Financials/BAIRS retirement project
  • Live demonstration of the new dashboards
    • Financial Management
    • Gift & Endowment
    • Human Resources
    • General Ledger
    • Helpful tips and tricks
    • Where to find online learning materials
    • Q&A