Alternate Hierarchies now Available

January 3rd, 2019

Do you work in a Banner ERP environment? If so, do you struggle from time to time when your regular reporting requirements, for external bodies, government or other require that you report on your financial data in a way that does not align to the standard or default Banner GL hierarchy?

That’s a mouthful; let me simplify.

Many institutions need to report, on a fairly regular basis in a way that Banner does not allow. In other words, more of your time is spent aggregating, modifying and finessing those numbers to present it “just so”.

Until now, there was really no way around it. But we heard you and we decided to do something about it.

Administrators now have the ability to create as many new or “alternate hierarchies”, for reporting purposes, as they need! These are Chart specific and each coding element is independent. In other words, you can create multiple hierarchies for Fund, Orgn, Acct and Prog and then run them against your every day reports in fast finance reporting and also fast budget and forecasting.

Contact Customer Support for more info, and be sure to schedule your FAST upgrade (and some helpful FAST training!) to get the ball rolling! Alternate Hierarchies is now available in current FAST release versions 4.5 and higher.

Happy Holidays from Millennium

December 12th, 2018

The Millennium team wants to wish you all a fun and festive holiday season! We have enjoyed working with you all year long and are looking forward to what 2019 has in store!

This year, the office will be closed from December 24th through January 1st and re-opening for business as usual on January 2nd, 2019. 

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 

Jefferson College Selects Millennium

June 27th, 2018

Jefferson College Selects Millennium’s FAST Enterprise Reporting Suite for Campus-Wide Finance, Human Resources, and Student Reporting

Ease of use, quick implementation, and proven integration with Banner administrative software key to the decision

Millennium Computer Systems, Ltd, a leader in reporting and analytics for higher education, today announced that Jefferson College selected their FAST Enterprise Reporting Suite for their Finance, Human Resources, and Student reporting needs.

Experiencing a lack of timely access to accurate and complete data from their administrative software system, Jefferson College needed to improve their reporting as well as enhance their analytics. Having pre-configured reports that allow administrators to access the underlying data based on their specific role as well as advanced analytics to identify trends and outliers provided both the form and flexibility they needed.

Jefferson College selected the FAST Enterprise Reporting Suite which includes:

FAST Finance – provides relevant, timely information for actuals, commitments and budgets, showing where money is being spent and how it compares to approved budget amounts.

FAST Student – covers important aspects of student activities, such as admission and registration levels, academic history reports and grading as well as operational reports like class lists, schedules, program lists, admissions reports, and student accounts.

FAST HR – tracks and manages all aspects of staffing including staff hires, jobs, faculty, leave and terminations as well as self-service departmental reporting by roles, such as class, employer codes and departments.

FAST Financial Aid – provides the ability to review financial aid applications, enables comprehensive fund management including disbursement and needs reports and the ability to send targeted student emails based on their individual requirements and/or awards.

“We needed a solution to give our staff and administrators better insight and information across departments,” said Tracy James, Senior Director of Information Technology at Jefferson College. “Millennium does that and more with their pre-configured reports, permission-level management, scheduled distribution, and dashboards.”

“Higher education administrators continue to be challenged with getting access to the right information when they need it,” said Peter Bruynzeel, Vice President of Millennium. “With Millennium FAST, they get the information they need, when they need it and don’t have to wait months for an implementation to occur.”

Designed specifically for the needs of higher education administrators, Millennium’s FAST reporting suite provides timely access and insights for Finance, Human Resources, Student Affairs and Financial Aid professionals all built on a flexible development platform that accommodates evolving reporting needs. Read more about products and client successes at [link to best landing page]

About Jefferson College
Established in 1963, Jefferson College is a fully accredited, nationally recognized, public, two-year institution with its main campus located in Hillsboro, Missouri. The college offers credit programs leading to one of five associate degrees or numerous career and technical certificates. Students may prepare for transfer to a four-year institution or receive training for a variety of technical careers. The college also offers extensive noncredit workforce development and lifelong learning opportunities to those seeking career training or retraining, working to boost basic skills or pursuing new areas of interest. Learn more at www.jeffco.edu

About Millennium Computer Systems, Ltd.
Millennium provides reporting and analytics software for higher education institutions so they can have timely access and better insights into the data in their administrative software systems. Our FAST software offers pre-configured reporting for Financial, Human Resources, Student Affairs, and Financial Aid administrators along with Budget and Forecasting, Decentralized Journal Vouchers and more. Over 45+ Higher Education clients in three countries have selected FAST as their administrative tool of choice. Learn more at www.mcsl.com

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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.