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GMAS Unavailable the Weekend of Friday, January 15, 2021 (starting at 6:00 pm) until the start of business on Monday, January18, 2021 for Release 1_56

GMAS will be unavailable beginning at 6PM on Friday, January 15th. This outage is scheduled to support the upcoming GMAS release scheduled to be available on Monday, January 18th. In this release, GMAS will integrate with the new Outside Activity and Interest Reporting System (OAIR), and retire the COI and OAR approvals. The new...

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GMAS Unavailable this Weekend for Release 1_53, available on April 27, 2020

GMAS has a scheduled release this weekend. The application will be unavailable starting at 7pm on Friday, April 24th. The new release will be available at the start of business on Monday, April 27th. This release includes a redesign of the cost sharing form and cost sharing approval, a new cost sharing request, new electronic signature for Initials and Renewal, and more. For full release notes please visit GMAS Release 1_53. Read more about GMAS Unavailable this Weekend for Release 1_53, available on April 27, 2020

Harvard Data Warehouse (HDW) migration and outage, Sept. 20-24

As part of Harvard’s larger move to the Cloud, the Harvard Data Warehouse (HDW) will migrate from the data center at 60 Oxford St., Cambridge to Amazon Web Services (Cloud).

From 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 20th through Monday, September 24, as the migration is in process, the Harvard Data Warehouse will be unavailable.

As a result, certain Financial, Sponsored and/or Human Resource data in GMAS will be stale as of the end of the business day on Wednesday, September 19. GMAS will be brought up to date by 9am on Tuesday, September 25 when the HDW is back to normal...

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FSS Applications Website Moving to HUIT

The FSS applications website used by many people across the University will start redirecting people to a new applications page starting August 20th. Be sure to update your bookmarks for the applications page to huit.harvard.edu/apps/finance now!
 
Below is the formal communication from the Director of Administrative Systems, Enterprise Applications in HUIT. Please share this communication with those you...
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GMAS Release this Thursday

GMAS will be unavailable on Thursday, July 13th starting at 7pm for another stabilization release. The system should only be down for about an hour. The release will include additional fixes to bugs that were introduced as a result of the May 22nd release. 

  • Fixed bug which incorrectly generated approvals for OAR and COI when TBD Investigator is added to research team
  • Fixed additional bugs related to associating a TBD with an 'Investigator flag' to a proposal
  • Fixed bug which prevented people from being added to notifications list when...
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GMAS Release this Thursday

GMAS will be unavailable on Thursday, June 8th starting at 7pm for another stabilization release. The system should only be down for about an hour. The release will include additional fixes to bugs that were introduced with the May 22nd release. 

  • Fixed bug on the "Edit proposal information" screen that resulted in the COI approval disappearing.
  • Fixed bug which caused the inclusion enrollment form to map incorrect totals to the PDF preview on system to system proposals.
  • Fixed logic on person email addresses to be more flexible (...
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Let us know how we're doing!

GMAS May 2017 Release Communications Survey

Please take a moment to complete a brief survey about how we did communicating the latest GMAS release. Data from this survey will help us determine the best forms of communication for future releases. This link will also be available on the GMAS homepage, but feel free to share this survey link with those in your areas who may not log into GMAS often, or who do not subscribe to this blog.

Thank you for your anticipated participation...

Oracle Financial Systems Release Outage will result in outdated data on 4/24 and 4/25

Oracle Financials Systems will be having a Release Outage beginning on Friday, 4/21 at 6pm through Wednesday, 4/26 at 9am.

This will result in GMAS not having up to date financial information on Monday, 4/24 and Tuesday, 4/25 due to the unavailability of the Financials Data Warehouse.  We will have fresh data on Wednesday, 4/26 but it may be delayed because of final validation by Harvard Data Warehouse (HDW) staff.

We will continue to get updates from the HR Data Warehouse during this time period.

Please communicate this throughout your school/...

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Guest Blogger Series - Alison Wellman Smith from HUIT: Q&A

Thank you so much for reading my blogs and for the interest these past weeks!  We have received some great questions as a result.  We thought we’d share the Q&A with everyone – hope this helps!  If you have other questions, please email the Help Desk at ITHelp@harvard.edu.  Your emails will go to the OBI project team.


Lets say you took a break from research admin for a bit and when you came back, CREW was gone and OBI is here.  What are the top reports you would tell a n00b to run?

The top grants dashboards I would...

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Guest Blogger Series - Alison Wellman Smith from HUIT: OBI and Sponsored Budgets

Given the wonderful new process to upload sponsored budget to the General Ledger in GMAS, I wanted to take a second to talk about how OBI works with the GL Sponsored Budgets.  GL Sponsored Budgets can be found in a few different OBI dashboards: Sponsored Accounts, Current Grants Financial, Historical Grants Financial, and Printable Grants Financial dashboards.

The Sponsored Accounts dashboard provides expense, income, and budget information at the subactivity, or 33-digit, level.  There are two budget-related columns in this dashboard: Current GL Sponsored Budget and Budget...

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Guest Blogger Series - Alison Wellman Smith from HUIT: OBI and GMAS – A Match Made in Reporting Heaven

Thank you to the Research Administration Services team for asking me to be a guest blogger!  I hope I’ll be able to provide you with a bit more information about how the new reporting tool, Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI) can supplement all the great information you can find in GMAS.

For my first topic, I thought I would share a little behind-the-scenes info about where OBI gets its information.  OBI has data fed from all the same places as the Common Reporting Environment for the Warehouse (CREW).  OBI and GMAS both collect financial information from the General...

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Guest Blogger Series - Alison Wellman Smith from HUIT

Over the span of the next couple weeks, we will be welcoming our second guest blogger Alison Wellman Smith. Alison is a Business Analyst, focusing on the Grants Dashboards on the MFR project in HUIT. Alison began her career in sponsored research a little over thirteen years ago at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where her responsibilities focused on both pre and post award. From BWH, she transitioned into a post award role in the Office for Sponsored Programs here at Harvard. After six years in OSP, Alison took a position at the Harvard Kennedy School where her focus was on post award,...

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