Have you heard? SMS is here!

October 19th, 2018

Book your demo and schedule your FAST upgrade because this is something you want to have. We know it and you know it!

In FAST Version 4.5 we are pleased to announce the introduction of our brand new Communication Centre, with fully integrated functionality to:

  • Send and receive direct 2-way SMS
  • Send bulk SMS messages to groups of employees and/or students
  • Use Email as an alternate communication tool where SMS may not be available
  • Interact directly with your student body using a communication tool they actually use!
  • Improve retention, enrolment and registration
  • And so much more!

If you have not yet seen our Communication Centre in action, be sure to contact us for a demo. If you have, then what are you waiting for? Schedule your upgrade to make the most of these powerful new tools.

Click Here for a Video Intro!

Save Time and Effort with the Report Scheduler

August 8th, 2018

If you’ve not yet explored the wonderful world of the Pinned Report Scheduler, what on earth are you waiting for?

Pinned Reports allow you to save and capture exactly that dataset that you need to run over and over, right?

Well, take the next step and schedule that report to run for you on an automated basis. We’ll deliver it right to your inbox; at whatever time of day, interval, frequency and format you choose!

What’s more? Certain FAST permissions now allow you to also create and share Pinned Reports with the members of certain GROUPS on campus and even schedule reports to deliver directly to those end users.

Imagine the help you’re providing your campus community by not only creating and sharing that report content, but also scheduling it directly via email.

This is a real game-changer for us and we’re sure it will be for you too!

For training on the Report Scheduler and other FAST features, email training@mcsl.com 

Banner 9 Upgrade Looming?

May 22nd, 2018

You’re not alone, and we can help!

We know the deadline is FAST approaching.

Please Click Here to check out a short video on how we can help simplify the transition for your end users and ease the pressure on your internal resources!

 

Brand New Training Video Playlists!

April 3rd, 2018

You’ve asked for it, and we’ve delivered!

Based on your feedback and suggestions, we’re pleased to announce that we have completely overhauled the Training Video Tabs. We’ve made the Video playlists easier to navigate, easier to use and much easier to search.

Included in the latest release (as of FAST Version 4.4.04), are: curated playlists, a sophisticated Search option that looks for keywords in the Help Topic, and Video Tags that allow your end users to search for similar videos, by topic or “tag”.

Each Playlist is carefully divided by content and level to make the material more relevant to the end user and much easier to use. We have also enabled a Quick View of the video description and total length.

For more information, please email Customer Support to schedule your upgrade today! In the meantime, please Click Here to take a tour of the new Video Tabs in this short video tutorial!

Changes to Menu Access

January 12th, 2018

If you’re an Administrator in FAST, then this should pique your interest!

The Menu Access form has been re-vamped and we think you’re going to love it! We’ve improved the user experience on the form by cleaning up the look of the page, adding neat sub-folders for the “child” nodes of menu headers and added an X option to quickly remove access without the need to “drag & drop” it a second time. But even more importantly, we’ve given you the ability to apply a “Cascade” option that will apply the selected role to all children on a menu.

Now this is huge! This can make the difference between grabbing that role once or twice versus 15 or more times for the very same reporting menu!

 

For help with this or any other Admin functionality across FAST, please don’t hesitate to inquire about custom training availability and options!

 

What’s New in FAST 4.4?

November 3rd, 2017

With the dawn of FAST Version 4.4 (schedule your upgrade if you have not already!), we are pleased to introduce the all new FAST Notifications. No more wondering, guessing or trying to send out mass emails to your FAST user groups when updates are made to Group Pinned Reports, Group Dashboards or to notify an approver that there is a new JV that has been sent for approval!

Find all of your FAST notifications in one easy-to-find and easy-to-read panel. End users can then clear individual notifications, clear all notifications and even drill-down to the new or updated Pinned Report. This is a great way to make sure that your user community stays up to speed and in the know about all the great reports available to them.

To schedule your upgrade or add your institution to the list, please Email Customer Support today!

Last Call for IMUC Registration!

September 8th, 2017

Don’t miss out on your last chance to sign up for our annual user conference! IMUC is the conference you don’t want to miss and provides so much valuable training, demo and dedicated FAST material in an intensive 2-day format. We cover Administrative material, end-user training and application-specific courses all tailored to make you a better and more informed FAST user and bring those tips, tricks and powerful new features back to your organization!

This year’s conference is being held in beautiful Whistler, BC, just North of Vancouver.

Registration is only available until September 30th and remaining space is very limited! If you’ve been thinking of attending or sending a few delegates from your organization, now is the time.

For more information on registration, travel, hotel accommodations and a detailed overview of the courses being offered, please Click Here or contact your favourite Millennium employee!

Our conference always fills up and is a guaranteed great time, so you definitely don’t want to be left out.

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!

Using the Data Entry Pop-up in Budget Development and Forecasting

May 19th, 2017

This is a pretty new (and awesome!) new feature and to avoid confusion, check out this quick video to show you how it’s done!

Keep in mind that not all Budget Offices may be using this option but it’s definitely a cool option and provides a quick, easy and intuitive data entry option for your end users! This video will show you how to avoid some of the common challenges when accessing the data entry pop-up.