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1 PantherSoft Financials 9.2 Fundamentals Office of the Controller

2 PantherSoft Financials
PantherSoft Financials is FIU’s system for conducting all of its financial operations related to purchasing goods and services, employee travel and expense reimbursement, vendor payments, financial and managerial reporting, budgeting, grants financial administration, and asset management.

3 Agenda Logging into PantherSoft Financials Using Navigation Menu
Personalizing Main Page Access Request Form Adding Favorites Editing and Deleting Favorites ChartFields and SpeedTypes Using Search Operators Global Search Feature Workflow WorkCenters Delegating Alternate Workflow Approver Running and Processing Reports Signing Out of PantherSoft

4 Logging into PantherSoft Financials
Login to PantherSoft Financials using your Panther ID and Active Directory (AD) Password and click on the Sign In button. User ID and Password fields are case sensitive.

5 Logging into PantherSoft Financials
The number of menu items displayed will depend on a user’s security access.

6 Using Navigation Menu Recently Used pages appear under the Favorites menu, located at the top left. Breadcrumbs visually display your navigation path and give you access to the contents of subfolders.

7 Common Button Used Within PantherSoft
Navigation Buttons Common Button Used Within PantherSoft Stores data in the system that is entered on a page and updates all the pages of a component. Refreshes the page with the latest information entered and recalculates formulas. Takes user to a page for “Adding a New Value”. Deletes a row from a page. Accesses existing rows of information in the system. If data is effective-dated, displays only current and future rows. Inserts a row into a page. Displays all effective-dated rows and allows updates only to current and future rows. Clicking on the arrow to the left moves backwards through rows of pages. Clicking on the arrow to the right moves forward. Allows for updating all rows including saved from prior dates. Not all users have access to Correct History. Displays all current and historical rows at once. Clicking the tab accesses the previous page tab in the component. Also preforms the same function as clicking the Previous tab button. Access the previous record from the Search Results list. Clicking the tab accesses the next page in the component. Also preforms the same function as clicking the Next tab button. Access the next record from the Search Results list.

8 Personalizing Main Page

9 Personalizing Main Page

10 Personalizing Main Page

11 Personalizing Main Page

12 Personalizing Main Page

13 Personalizing Main Page

14 Personalizing Main Page

15 Personalizing Main Page

16 Personalizing Main Page
Click and drag the blue header to the right

17 Personalizing Main Page

18 Access Request System ALL Employees are automatically granted access to “Employee Self-Service” for (Viewing Access Only): Travel Authorizations Expense Reimbursements (Travel and Non-Travel related) Asset Control Employees can fill out an “Access Request Form” if tasked with roles such as: Hold or Approve a credit card for a department Billing other Departments for services rendered (Smart Billing) Reporting

19 Access Request System

20 Access Request Form

21 Access Request Form

22 Access Request Form Certain Access Roles will require that you put a “Location” for this you will need to know your office number and building name. This refers to where your physical office is located on Campus. The Location number will identify where your office is by identifying campus, building and room number. Click on the Magnifying glass to look up your location. The Comments Box is optional and available for you to add further details on your request. Click on Submit. Your Access Request form is now completed and will be directed to your Human Resources Supervisor for final approval.

23 Access Request Form

24 Access Request Form The “%” symbol is a wildcard which will facilitate your search by looking up descriptions that include your request information.

25 Access Request Form

26 Adding Favorites

27 Adding Favorites

28 Adding Favorites

29 Editing and Deleting Favorites

30 Editing and Deleting Favorites

31 Editing and Deleting Favorites

32 Editing and Deleting Favorites

33 Editing and Deleting Favorites

34 ChartFields and SpeedTypes
Required Fields Name Description Unit Identifies the legal entity within the University, including FIU, FIU Foundation, etc. SpeedType A SpeedType is a code that represents a combination of ChartField values. Account Identifies transactions based on the object of the event. This ChartField is used to classify transactions in the accounting systems as Assets, Liabilities, Revenues, Expenses or Equity. Alternate Account Classifies the nature of a transaction utilizing the State standard General Ledger code. Each "account" ChartField must be mapped to an alternate account. Department To be considered a Department the unit must serve a distinct function or discipline, have a manager with subordinates, and have a budget. Site Identifies the campus or location to which the transaction is identified (ex: FIU On-Line) Fund Code Identifies major funding sources that the University must report on separately. Each fund has its own rules for spending and receiving money. Program Code This code identifies the primary mission or activity being reported such as instruction, research, public service, financial aid, student activities, etc. Also known as the PCS code. Activity Number Tracks revenues and expenses for a specific activity using a distinct fund, program code, site and department (organization) string. In PeopleSoft financial applications, the individual fields in your accounting structure are called ChartFields. ChartFields are used to classify accounting transactions created in subsystems or entered directly into the general ledger.

35 ChartFields and SpeedTypes
Optional Fields Name Description Cost PID Tracks revenues and expenses for a specific Faculty member. Budget Reference Identifies the aid year for financial awards. Also used by College of Medicine to identify the academic period. PC Business Unit (project costing business unit) Used for Construction projects (FCN01), FIU Research Central (FSR00) and for Grants (FSR01). Project Tracks projects where by the University is required to report fiscal activities on a "life-to-date" basis. Activity ID Activities are the specific tasks within a project.

36 Using Search Operators
Search Operators enable you to perform searches on limited amounts of information, such as first letters for customer, company, or state names. The following operators are available: Operator Field Use begins with Character fields contains = All field types not= <= >= between in

37 Global Search Feature Global Search - Global Search enables you to take actions directly from your search results based on context without navigating through the menu to find the pages and data that you are looking for. In this example search for “Purchase Orders”

38 Global Advanced Search
To use the Global Search “Advanced Search” option click on Advanced Search enables you to specify one or more field values, or partial values so that you can refine your search results. You are able to search by “Keywords,” “With this Exact Phrase,” “With any of these Words,” or even “Exclude” specific items from your search.

39 Global Advanced Search
When using the Global Advanced Search, several options can be used in order for quick and simple searches. Click the “Search Tips” hyperlink for helpful notes.

40 Global Advanced Search
The following search tips cans aid users when using the Global Advanced Search.

41 Worklist

42 Workflow The workflow functionality enables users to view the workflow approval process. When a transaction is submitted, the notification process is begun. User’s are notified via . Below is a general example of the Workflow functionality.

43 Workflow Below is a another example of the Workflow functionality.

44 Delegating Alternate Workflow Approver
To enable another user to complete the approval process on your behalf follow the navigation below: Main Menu  My System Profile The General Profile Information page opens. In the “Alternate User ID” box enter the Panther ID for the user you want to set as an Approver. To search for the Panther ID of a user click the Look Up button to the right of “Alternate User ID.” In the “From Date” and “To Date” select the desired time frame for this user to Approve transactions on your behalf. Click

45 Delegating Alternate Workflow Approver

46 Delegating Alternate Workflow Approver
Any pending transactions in the Approvers queue prior to the “From Date” will not be routed to the Alternate Approver. notifications of new transactions during the selected time frame will be sent to the Alternate Approver.

47 WorkCenters WorkCenters are designed for specific roles and enable operations for some users with the ability to access various pages, perform their tasks, view exceptions, alerts, links, reports, and queries all in one area. The WorkCenter navigation is located on the left side of the page and contains two tabs: Main and Report/Queries.

48 WorkCenters In addition to viewing Pending Approvals, Pending Activities, Alerts Reports/Queries (Note: Required tasks will vary for users) users are able to view an analysis of data with Bar Charts, Line Charts, Pie Charts or Horizontal Bar Charts. Below is a general example of a Pie Chart. By selecting the following icon users will be able to choose the desired chart to illustrate and compare data.

49 Running Reports & Processes
To run reports within PantherSoft General Ledger, follow the navigation bellow : Main Menu  General Ledger  General Reports  Ledger Activity A Run Control page will appear. A Run Control is a database record that provides values for reports. The first time a report is ran in PantherSoft, a Run Control ID must be established. Create (and save) a run control to prevent having to enter the same value each time a report is ran.

50 Running Reports & Processes
Click “Add New Value” tab, click in the Run Control ID box and type a name and your initials for your run control. In this example, “General_Ledger_Summary_ML” is used as the Run Control ID. Click “Add.” Also, keep in mind to use the underscore (_) symbol in place of spaces when naming a Run Control ID .

51 Running Reports & Processes
Adding a Run Control ID is only necessary once. On subsequent reports, users can use the “Find an Existing Value” search to locate the Run Control ID previously created.

52 Running Reports & Processes

53 Running Reports & Processes

54 Running Reports & Processes

55 Running Reports & Processes

56 Running Reports & Processes

57 Running Reports & Processes

58 Signing Out of PantherSoft
PantherSoft Financials is setup to time-out after 20 minutes of inactivity. If the system has been idle for 15 minutes, the following window will be displayed: By clicking the button, the system will not time-out and you can continue working in your current session. However, if this button is not clicked within 5 minutes, the system will sign you out of the idle Window. Save constantly in order to avoid losing your work due to the system timing-out.

59 Signing Out of PantherSoft
To sign out, click This returns you to the Login Page.

60 Signing Out of PantherSoft

61 Questions?



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