Ohio University


  • 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
    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.

  • December 10, 2020
    BobcatBUY Document Search Experience Upgrade

    BobcatBUY has upgraded its document (requisitions, Purchase Orders, and invoices) search feature to be more user friendly and “elastic”, meaning a faster search experience with more options to search and export.  This update was made on Monday, November 9, in BobcatBUY as part of the 20.3 release upgrade.

  • December 10, 2020
    Important Reminders for Winter Break Closure

    As we communicated in the October and November Business Matters newsletters, it is important for you to plan for Winter Break Closure (WBC) now.  Since the University will have a modified operating schedule during this period of time (as a result of the mandatory furlough days), please keep in mind the following information regarding payments, purchasing and contracts, supplier entry, grants, Bursar’s office, and finance customer care:

  • December 7, 2020
    Upcoming Purchasing Dashboard Enhancements

    OIT has moved our Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI) purchasing data to a data warehouse which allows us greater flexibility in creating more robust reports.  As a result of this change, we are in the process of making enhancements to our PO Summary and Payments dashboards.

  • October 14, 2020
    Unused Airline Tickets in Concur

    In July 2, 2020 Business Matters, in state travel restrictions were lifted and all other travel must be approved using the exception process outlined in the article. If you had an airline ticket that was cancelled as a result of COVID-19, and you have an outstanding credit, you can now see that information in Concur. These can be used once you are able to travel again. You will be able to utilize those tickets by following these steps below.