Are you making use of FAST dashboards?

July 11th, 2017

If not, now may be the time! If you’re a fan of graphing, you want to pay attention right about now. There are some major changes brewing in the FAST Dashboarding world as of FAST 4.3.16+, so stay tuned!

FAST Dashboards allow you to create as many personalized Dashboards as you like to meet any number of reporting and workflow needs. You can then add as many different charts, graphs and grids as you need to keep track of! The beauty here is that you can keep track of your work, your way. Create charts and graphs for weekly, daily or monthly reference. Keep track of Registration, Vendor and PO Details, YTD Budget to Actuals or total spending, Admissions or Employee Leave – and make sure the data from each category is available quickly and easily! We also offer some handy new “sharing” options for your dashboards and the underlying reports.

From the dashboard, you can pop out the graph for review, you can click down to view the full details of your report, or you can even click on any individual section of your graphs (e.g. think of a delicious and colourful piece of pie in a Pie Chart or a single segment in a Bar Chart!) – and view the detailed results reflected in that sub-section of data.

Much more detail more to come, but if you’ve ever wanted to explore the wonderful worlds of Charting, Graphs and Dashboards, now may be the time! We are also offering some dedicated training programs to walk you through the essentials of these fab new features!

Why can’t they see the reports?

June 2nd, 2017

Do you sometimes get calls from end users on campus who can’t see or run certain reports? Here’s the thing, if you’re an Admin and you take a look at your instance of FAST, it won’t tell you what you need to know. Without any extra special “access”, you can see everything. Period.

But as an Admin, it’s also up to you to decide and define exactly what each user group gets to see in terms of report access in FAST! This is extremely granular and allows you to custom-fit your FAST environment to your institutional security requirements!

Menu Access is just the tip of the iceberg. Using the Menu Access form, you align the user groups to each menu node (or report) within the application. You can assign more than one group to each report and you can restrict certain groups as much as necessary.

If you’re ever in doubt or lose track of that great big question “who sees what?” – run the Administrative audit log called Menu Access by User for a quick, downloadable report to show you what users can see and what roles grant them access to each menu node in FAST!

This is easier than you think and we have a host of videos and Administrative training options to walk you through it!

Save Time with the FAST Report Scheduler!

May 9th, 2017

If you’re not already using the FAST Report Scheduler to run, and automatically deliver your Pinned Reports to your in-box as a PDF or Excel file, we think you’re missing out on a great time-saving feature!

The Scheduler allows you to schedule any of your personal Pinned Reports to deliver automatically at any interval, frequency, day of the week and even time! We know that running pinned reports is a time-saver in itself – so this is just us being over-achievers as usual! Now you don’t even have to log into FAST to have those reports delivered as attachments to your email in-box when you want them!

Create your amazing and personally formatted pinned reports, schedule them for automated, regular and on-demand delivery!

If you need help getting started, be sure to check out the 5-minute How Do I? videos to learn more!

Importing FROM Excel… you heard me.

March 22nd, 2017

Do you use one of the many FAST data-entry style pages? If you do, did you know that you can now import your data directly from an Excel spreadsheet? True story. You’ve always been able to download your FAST report data to Excel but you can now also save time, keystrokes and avoid input error by importing your external data right into your FAST data entry page!

Next time you’re on a data entry page, check out the Excel icon on the bottom right hand corner; it looks a little different now, right?

Click the arrow and select “Import Data from Excel”. Follow the simple instructions and watch your data populate right before your very eyes! The cool thing is, that you can also combine manually keyed-in data with your spreadsheet uploads – one will never over-write the other!

Save time, save effort and above all, reduce the risk associated with manual data entry!

Schedule it and leave the rest to FAST!

January 30th, 2017

We know you love your Pinned Reports….who doesn’t? But are you making use of the Report Scheduler yet? Once you create your own Pinned Reports, you can schedule them to deliver, right to your e-mail in-box at any interval you decide! That means you don’t even have to remember to “run” that report to get your hands on that data when you need it.

Here’s the skinny on how it works:

  1. Save your Pinned Report (as private)
  2. Click “Schedule”
  3. Choose a delivery schedule!
  4. You can pick everything from:
  • Frequency (Daily? Weekly? Twice a week? Monthly? Quarterly?)
  • Time of day
  • Duration (A couple weeks? A couple months? Till the end of the year? Forever and beyond?)
  • The format – choose from PDF, Excel or CSV
  • Hit GO and leave the rest to us

Nothing could be simpler! When you’re done, click on your “My Schedule” Tab to check out your delivery schedule at-a-glance and then just sit back and wait for those reports to start rolling in.

Don’t like one of the titles of a report column or don’t think it quite captures the information correctly?

January 3rd, 2017
How about changing it?

If you are an application administrator, did you know that you can do this yourself  and on a global level? Here’s how:

  1. Locate the Report and find the Administration Tab (note: this is probably under your + More tab)
  2. The first tab, called Datagrid Columns lists all the current columns in this report.
  3. Locate the column title you wish to change; change the text right on this page! – the cell is case sensitive and if you need to make it slightly wider or more narrow, just change the “width” column right next to it!
  4. Click Save and update changes.

Re-run the report – it is now changed for all end users who run this report!