Cornell University is a member of the Kuali Foundation, a collaborative effort to develop financial, research, endowment, and student administrative computing systems. The Kuali model brings together academic institutions with a common interest in building community source software specifically designed to meet the needs of higher education. We build software with a reusable development framework that encourages a simplified approach to developing business functionality as modular applications.
Cornell will implement three Kuali projects at the university:
- Kuali Financial System: replaces the existing mainframe financial system.
- Cynergy (Cornell's implementation of Kuali Rice): provides middleware software components that serve as the backbone of all Kuali applications.
- Kuali Coeus: enables research administrators and investigators to manage all aspects of grant proposal development and submission from the desktop.
Kuali Projects at Cornell
|Kuali Financial System at Cornell||Cynergy: Kuali Rice at Cornell||Kuali Coeus|
|In June 2009, we began a three-year project to replace Cornell's decades-old mainframe financial systems with the Kuali Financial System (KFS). The long timeline reflects the enormous scope of implementing KFS, which will replace our existing financial environment, affecting every financial staff member and hundreds of campus administrators in the process. The existing system, which was developed almost 40 years ago, relies on unsustainable mainframe technology and no longer meets Cornell's business needs.
KFS is a powerful web-based solution designed to meet the specific financial requirements of higher education. According to Joanne DeStefano, vice president of Finance at Cornell, "Bringing KFS to Cornell will change not only the software that financial staff use, but will also substantially change our work processes, and improve our reporting capabilities." She adds, "Over time, implementing KFS will radically improve the way we manage Cornell business."
Cornell has planned a three-phase implementation. Phase One ended July 1, 2010. It laid the foundational work for Phase Two and installed a pre-production version of KFS that was used as a "sandbox" with Cornell data.
The focus of Phase Two was the additional work required to go live in July 2011 with the rollout of the Chart of Accounts, Financial Processing, Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Labor Distribution, and Contracts and Grants modules, as well as a new data warehouse and basic reporting features.
Phase Three will culminate in July 2012, with the implementation of the Capital Assets, Effort Certification, Budget Construction, Endowment, Travel, and Accounts Receivable modules, along with enhanced reporting capabilities.
|Cynergy is the Cornell effort to implement the community source middleware product, Kuali Rice, as the foundation for the Kuali Financial System (KFS) and Kuali Coeus (KC) system for research administration.
Outside the Kuali scope, Cynergy provides a common, consistent framework for application developers, allowing for rapid custom development to efficiently solve business problems. Several custom applications have been built at Cornell using this framework, all with the same look and feel that will be delivered with KFS and KC.
Cynergy integrates Rice with Cornell's institutional infrastructure, using university authentication methods, directories, and data. It also incorporates workflow and notification capability into applications, providing users a single inbox of action items for accomplishing university business. Cynergy users log in to check workflow notifications at cynergy.cornell.edu.
|Cornell joined with other higher education partners at the Kuali Foundation in 2007 to develop a community source research administration system, Kuali Coeus. Cornell staff from across campus have contributed to project management, functional specifications, user interface design, and technical development for the system, which uses the Kuali infrastructure and is based on the highly regarded MIT Coeus system.
At Cornell, Kuali Coeus will enable research administrators and investigators in both sponsored programs and research compliance operations to manage all aspects of grant proposal development and submission from the desktop. With a common user interface for campus research administrators, the system will help facilitate consistent business processes, ensure adherence to university policy and federal regulations, and improve service for faculty. Its scalability will support the increasing size and complexity of Cornell research activities.
The core functionality will include proposal and budget development, electronic submission to federal agencies (grants.gov), award management, and disclosure of potential conflicts of interest. Workflow capabilities will support Cornell processes for review and approval of protocols for research involving human participants, use of animals, and biohazardous agents. Looking forward, Kuali Coeus at Cornell will be a key data source for the next generation of campus data delivery and decision support tools for university administrators.