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!

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!

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.

 

New Training Videos Released!

April 24th, 2017

If you’re on your way to upgrading to the very cool 4.3.15 release or higher, you need to check out the new Admin video series that covers the new features including the FAST Table Builder that shows you how to create a quick and easy Oracle Table in FAST. You can create a table using a simple Excel upload or make one from scratch! You can then use that Table to create a multi-faceted data entry page right in your favourite FAST application! Capture data right in FAST and you manage who sees the page as a read-only report and who has data entry access to it.

If you don’t yet subscribe to the FAST training video libraries, what are you waiting for? Email us at training@mcsl.com to get started or for more info! We add tons of new video content all the time and it’s your best way to stay current on what’s new!

As a sneak peak – check out this brand new How Do I video on managing security for your new custom reporting pages!

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!

Cool Feature Alert!

March 1st, 2017

Visualizations…I have a feeling you haven’t tried them yet, but they’re awesome now so it’s time!

Let’s say you have a report that gives you a ton of really valuable info…but I know sometimes you might wish that you could display some of that great data visually instead of just a bunch of data. A picture paints a thousand words, after all, right?

Here’s how it works:

Let’s say you have a column where you are tracking Budget Variance information… if that Budget Variance is favourable (like really favourable!), maybe you want to display the number with a nice big happy face! Now if it’s favourable but starting to slide a little, maybe you want to display that variance data with a caution sign. And of course if that variance has slid past the point of where you’re comfortable, maybe you want FAST to show you that data as a big, red “thumbs down”….you choose the parameters and you choose from our huge library of cool and cheeky images!

Run the report and then get visual indicators about where that budget really is! Plus, this works in any and every FAST App! Create cool Visualizations for age grouping of employees, application status or course enrolment numbers – the sky’s truly the limit!

PS – don’t forget to add a Virtual Column so that you can see both the original data and the Visualizations side by side!

Ensuring Supporting Documents are Confidential!

February 9th, 2017

For those of you using FAST JV, Web Req and/or Budget Transfers, there is an important, but often overlooked feature that allows you to ensure that any supporting documents you upload remain Confidential! In other words, they won’t be shared with other systems or flow through to the documents page in FAST Finance Reporting! Confidentiality is a big deal – make sure you know exactly what is going to show up and who can see it!

This can be crucial if those documents are sensitive in any way! You can opt to make all document uploads confidential or just pick and choose depending on the type of document being included.

As an Administrator, you can also pre-define the default for your Application by setting Configuration Setting #1338. End users can still override this setting by selecting (or de-selecting) the indicator.