We asked, and you responded resoundingly to the invitation to come learn all about the Kuali Financial System! The Kuali Day @ Cornell keynote session last Thursday drew 625 people, who heard Joanne DeStefano lay out the reasons Cornell needs KFS, Ted Dodds and Brad Wheeler explain how it’s a tailored fit for us, and Troy Fluharty on what we can expect based on how smoothly implementation went and how well KFS has been received at Colorado State University.
Things didn’t stop there. Rounding out the top five most popular sessions, in addition to the keynote, 600 people attended In My Life: A Day in the Life of a KFS User, 467 attended the two Financial Processing sessions, 340 attended the two sessions on Information Delivery and Reporting, and 275 attended the Purchasing session.
Throughout the day in 14 different sessions, KFS team members shared concrete examples of how we’ll use the system after it goes live on July 1. They demo’d e-docs, workflow, and the new information dashboard, highlighting the features that will make financial work happen more swiftly and with fewer errors than in today’s world. It won’t be quite like a day at the beach, although you’ll be able to access your action list from there on your smart phone, as in the scene above from In My Life: A Day in the Life of a KFS User.
In fact, Brad Wheeler made no bones about getting to July 1 and learning new processes being hard but valuable work. “Your cheese is being moved, but it is darn well worth it,” he said, adding that rewards will come quickly in the saving of time and dollars, and in having a system Cornell helped design and is continuing to help improve as a partner in the Kuali Foundation.
Susan Schattschneider, KFS campus liaison from the College of Veterinary Medicine and director of its Accounting Service Center said of her Kuali Day, “Seeing the demonstrations of the KFS e-docs got us all very excited for July 1. The electronic workflow included in KFS will be so much more efficient. But, we heard the speakers loud and clear when they warned us that we have a lot of work ahead of us. This will be a real sprint to the finish line, and overwhelming at times, but the end product will be a huge improvement over our current financial system.”
Don’t worry if you couldn’t attend–videos of all the sessions will soon be available on the KFS website, and you can watch the keynote presentation there now. Please also check out Susan Kelley’s coverage of the keynote session in the Cornell Chronicle online.