Software upgrade reduces reporting headaches for research admins

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Friday, August 8, 2014

rSmart, a leader in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for higher education, today announced significant updates to Cloud Express for Kuali Coeus , the company’s Grant and Research Management solution that improves efficiencies with sponsored program management in the cloud. The latest release simplifies the time-consuming and complicated task of reporting on progress towards sponsored program goals, offers additional visibility into bottlenecks, and provides a better understanding of operations across all aspects of research administration.

Among the updates is the availability of ad-hoc reporting, which enables institutions to gain transparency into proposal, award, and compliance data with easy drag and drop functionality. Now, non-technical users can build and organize reports with the data of their choice to meet specific requirements and look at institutional trends. Additional reporting enhancements include:

* New built-in reports: Access new Proposals by Sponsor Type and Awards by Activity Type built-in reports. Institutions can determine how much money they’re bringing in from sponsor types like federal, private, state government, and more. And, they can easily see award projects by activity type like research, construction, clinical trials, and more.

* General report enhancements: Interact with report charts and tables including sorting, filtering, and formatting of column values and headers.

* Proposal report enhancements: All Proposal reports now include the Approval Date element, which helps institutions know how many proposals were submitted between specific dates.

* Award report enhancements: All Award reports now include the Notice Date element, which allows institutions to know exactly how many award transactions happened between specified dates.

* Scheduled report delivery: A new advanced scheduler manages the automatic running and delivery of reports, both built-in and ad-hoc, to specific people at scheduled times.

“Sponsored program and compliance reporting is one of the top and most frequent challenges we hear from our customers,” said Sean Warren, Cloud Express Product Manager. “Institutions are spending an inordinate amount of time trying to cobble together reports from paper and disconnected systems. With our latest release, customers can now save time and improve sponsored program oversight, performance, and operations with one single reporting tool that includes ad-hoc reporting and built-in reports.”

rSmart provides an integrated Electronic Research Administration (eRA) solution with a powerful reporting engine to provide better tracking and management of proposal, award, and compliance information.

With rSmart reporting, customers can:

* Improve sponsored program oversight including essential reports for proposal, award, and compliance activities

* Easily create ad-hoc reports for sponsored program management, departments, and individual investigators and administrators

* Deliver data across proposal, award, and compliance with one reporting tool

* Provide secure report access ensuring that the right people see the right reports

The latest version of Cloud Express will be available in early September. New ad-hoc reporting and enhancements are included at no additional cost to new and existing rSmart Cloud Express customers. For additional information, contact rSmart or stop by booth #303 at the NCURA Annual Meeting Aug 11 and 12 in Washington, DC for a live demo.

About rSmart

rSmart, a leader in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for higher education, empowers colleges and universities to embrace community-driven, open source software. We make Kuali ERP software enterprise ready with cloud delivery, enhanced functionality, professional services, and support. Our customers significantly reduce research, financial, and student administration costs through improved processes and freedom from expensive, overly customized, and difficult to maintain legacy and proprietary software. rSmart is privately held and headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ. Learn more at http://www.rsmart.com.