Second in the trilogy of End User stories in Education, here is a short history of Business Intelligence in action at Macquarie University.
Faced with an issue of 25,000 lines of SQL script to generate information for users – it was unmaintainable and unreliable. CALUMO were engaged through winning a tender process to provide integrated Reporting.
The CALUMO solution, referred to as ForeSight provides financial and HR information to over 400 users on a daily basis via a web interface. Macquarie University extended their use of CALUMO to provide both annual budgeting capability as well as re-forecasting by users and departments. Individual Faculty models are able to be uploaded , with phasing and validation in seconds, eliminating the need for rekeying of data saving huge amounts of time.
In the second year of usage, the budget process was updated to improve speed, functionality and ease of use. The budgeting system is ‘owned’ by OFS and ‘supported’ by ITS.
Estimates are that the University has saved over $60,000 a year in time savings alone.
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