I recently met with Graeme Hoy from the University of Canberra to understand more about how CALUMO software was helping them out. CALUMO is UC's Finance reporting and budgeting tool. Reports are delivered to many departments throughout the University as live web pages and some Excel reports too. CALUMO is also used to collect and consolidate contributions from across the faculties in the annual budgeting process. In addition University of Canberra manages their student critical load planning with CALUMO. There is more about CALUMO's usage at University of Canberra here and on Microsoft's Ray Fleming's blog here.
University of Canberra have just started using a feature we recently released - CALUMO Skylights. The capability to dynamically link BI data to Word documents and PowerPoint presentations with CALUMO Skylights is built right into CALUMO. Skylights isn't a bolt on you have to buy, you just get it.
University of Canberra are using Skylights to produce their annual reports (they have more than one). The annual report is written in Microsoft Word using a special font the marketing team has provided. This report goes to UC's printers for a beautiful print out and PDF ready for distribution in Australia and across the world. The annual report has no less than 44 notes to the accounts and the main schedules (tables of data). That's more than most organisations have to deal with and probably not quite as many as BHP Billiton.
What are the benefits?
So how does CALUMO Skylights help?
Updating annual report notes to the accounts is complete in 5-10 minutes. CALUMO Skylights offers a ribbon in Microsoft Word that helps you add CALUMO Skylights and the magic button â€“ Refresh All Skylights. UC have included all the notes required for their annual report as CALUMO Skylights (CALUMO reports). Now they need only update a transaction in the ERP then hit the Refresh All Skylights button in Word and the entire annual report is updated. See how here:
How did University of Canberra do it (the 3 steps)?
CALUMO doesn't write the words for you - yet. Stay tuned on that one.
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