Financials Open for Business
are pleased to announce that the upgrade from FinMIS to BEN Financials
was completed successfully over the winter break, and BEN Financials
was available for business on January 2.
Financials introduces a new, web-based purchasing environment
featuring the Penn Marketplace, where users can select from thousands
of products and services offered by dozens of Penn's contract
suppliers. In addition, it includes updated, web-based versions
of the payables and general ledger functions, known as BEN Pays
and BEN Balances, respectively. BEN Financials, and the Penn Marketplace
in particular, are recognized within the higher education community
as outstanding examples of how a large research university can
apply technology to meet its unique business needs.
upgrade from FinMIS to BEN Financials is the culmination of much
hard work within a cooperative enterprise. The project team, comprised
mainly of staff from ISC, the Comptroller's Office, and Acquisition
Services, has spent more than two years on the planning, development,
testing, and implementation of this complex, multi-faceted system.
Staff and administrators across the University have participated
in numerous feedback forums and contributed their insights throughout
the development process.
the front lines, BEN Reps have ably managed the transition within
their respective Schools and Centers. The Financial Training Department
has created and delivered comprehensive online and classroom training,
assisted by trainers and proctors from across the University.
Financial Support Providers (FSPs) have been on hand to answer
questions about the applications, and local support providers
(LSPs), to update hardware and software.
thank each of them for their commitment and efforts and proudly
applaud their achievement.
H. Beck, Vice President, Information Systems and Computing
B. Campbell, Comptroller
J. Masch, Vice President, Budget and Management Analysis
Michel, Director, Acquisition Services