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Business Matters

March 30, 2021
BES Core and Non-Core Item Savings
As the University prepares to launch the Brown Enterprise Solutions punchout catalog in BobcatBuy we would like to share with you some of the cost savings you should expect to see when you start shopping.  Core Item Pricing You will find throughout the catalog, that there are items identified as “preferred”. These are items that ...
March 30, 2021
Brown Enterprise Solutions Selected as Sole Office Supply Provider
Beginning on March 31, 2021, Brown Enterprise Solutions (BES) will replace Office Depot as the preferred supplier of office supplies at Ohio University.  The Inter-University Council of Ohio (IUC) voted to adopt BES as the preferred supplier in the fall and OHIO will take part in the contract, making this catalog available on March 31, 2021. &...
February 2, 2021
January OBI Dashboard Enhancements

As communicated in December Business Matters, enhancements to the Oracle E-Business Suite User Access dashboards are underway.  As of January 26, 2021, enhancements to this dashboard have been implemented that will allow authorized users to look up employees’ EBIZ and OBI HR/finance access in a single dashboard.  This dashboard previously contained EBIZ access detail only.  Due to the expansion of this dashboard to include OBI access, the dashboard will be renamed to Finance & HR Systems Access.  Additional information about the enhanced dashboard has been published in an updated quick reference guide on the OBI training page

February 2, 2021
OHIO Makes PPE Available for Spring Semester

Ohio University students returning to the Athens or regional campuses for spring semester can pick up a personal protective equipment (PPE) bag. Each bag includes hand sanitizer, two branded masks and a digital thermometer and is available for each student. A student ID is required to pick up the bag. Departments can direct students to pick up their PPE bags per this article, https://www.ohio.edu/news/2021/01/ohio-makes-personal-protective-equipment-available-spring-semester

For additional updates on returning to Ohio University’s campuses, visit www.ohio.edu/coronavirus.

February 2, 2021
Travel Restrictions Continue

In the July 2020 Business Matters, it was communicated that in state travel is allowable but  all other travel must be approved using the exception process outlined in the article. As of January 2021, that process remains in place as a result of COVID-19.

If you had an airline ticket that was cancelled as a result of COVID-19, and you have an outstanding credit, you can see that information in Concur. These funds can be used once travel resumes. To view any credits for airline tickets, please refer to the Business Matters article from October, 2020 to view this information in Concur.

Questions?  Contact travel@ohio.edu.

February 2, 2021
Brown Enterprise Solutions to Replace Office Depot as Preferred Supplier

In early 2021, Brown Enterprise Solutions (BES) will replace Office Depot as the preferred supplier of office supplies at Ohio University.  The Inter-University Council of Ohio (IUC) voted to adopt BES as the preferred supplier in the fall and OHIO will take part in the contract, making this catalog available in early 2021.  When this new catalog is enabled, BES will be the only office supply provider in BobcatBUY all other catalogs will be closed/disabled.

February 2, 2021
Software Purchase Process Reminder

As we begin the new calendar year, we wanted to communicate again, the process that must be followed before purchasing software. Most software vendors require the customer accept certain terms and conditions in order to use the software. As a public institution in the State of Ohio, Ohio University is required to abide by certain terms and conditions in accordance with Ohio law. As a result, before any purchase of software is made, the purchaser must first seek approval of the software from the Office of Information Technology (OIT) as well as receive approval for the terms and conditions of the software by Purchasing Contracts.

December 10, 2020
OBI Dashboard Enhancements

As communicated in the November Business Matters publication, enhancements to the PO Summary and Payments dashboards have been underway.  Those enhancements were deployed on December 8, 2020.  Changes include improved drilldown features that match the style of the drilldowns used in our other finance dashboards, additional columns, and additional prompt options such as org parent level/description, invoice type, invoice source, A&E exception reasons, and commodity codes.

December 10, 2020
Concur Mobile Authentication Update Coming December 2020

The SAP Concur mobile app is a simple, secure tool that lets you manage your expenses and travel right from your smartphone.  By using this app, you can book and manage itineraries, capture and track mileage, record receipts, and create, submit, and approve expense reports.  The app is available for download in your phone’s app store.  To learn more about the mobile app and training on how to use it, log into Concur and select the Help drop-down at the top right of the screen.  Select Training from the dropdown menu.  Scroll down the page until you see your phone type and click the link to launch the training.