[Pentamation] Report net training and Cognos training

Harvey, Leslie Leslie.Harvey at wesd.org
Thu Nov 15 16:15:07 PST 2012

Hi everyone,
I have had several requests for some Cognos training in both the old and new version.  So I wanted to throw this out to you and I hope I get a lot of feedback on this.

The first option for Report Net training would be probably be after the first of the year, the class would be broken down to beginners, intermediate, and advanced.  The cost for SunGard to do this training is: You would need a ½ day for each level - entry level, intermediate and advance, a total of 1.5 days.  The training rate for Cognos is $185 per hour so the total would be $2,220.  I know that sounds like a lot but if we divide it out by the number of participants it could come out pretty cheaply.  So let me know what you would be most interested in.  Maybe we only need one or two of these and not all three.

Gwen has generously offered to hold a class on the old Cognos for around $30 per person (nothing in stone on this yet), and it would also be broken down to beginners, intermediate and advanced training.  However it is a really busy time of the year and she may not be available to do this class until March sometime. This too would be offered through FinSoup as well.

I am trying to organize a training through FinSoup for Budget.  Would anyone be interested in that class?

Does anyone have any other things they would like to talk about, and do you all want a FinSoup meeting next month to just get back together again.  I know a lot of things are happening right now and I don't know if any of you have the time right now, but please let me know your thoughts.

Ode has changed their file format for the ODE reporting, and I just want you to all know the SunGard is working on this issue, and their latest reply to me was as follows:  I sent an email to ODE to confirm the change in due dates and received the following reply:

Thanks for checking - you are correct.  The staff position collection will open December 20 (slightly later than it opened last year) and close February 4 (about the same time it closed last year). The actuals expenditure and revenues will be worked on  at the same time as the other ODE reports, and the report closes on December 31.
December 1 is the staff position snapshot date, as it was in previous collections.  With the due date the first week of December, so we should have it soon, I have already given them a training database to use and they are do some testing this week.

This is in the preliminary stages so I really do need some feedback on this.

Thank you,
Leslie Harvey / WESD / 503-540-4448/ 1-866-987-7368 / 503-540-2977 fax
Customer Support Specialist / leslie.harvey at wesd.org<mailto:leslie.harvey at wesd.org> / efinance at cascadetech.org<mailto:efinance at cascadetech.org>,

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