Core Users Peek into Workday

Faculty and staff from across the university and Wexner Medical Center are starting to receive a first glimpse of Workday through "Workday 101" sessions. Core users, those who will leverage Workday most often in their daily work, are the first audience to be engaged in these brief demonstrations.

Nearly 200 grants managers participated in Workday 101 throughout October and November via in-person and Carmen Connect sessions, and nearly 300 HR professionals have registered for upcoming Workday 101 sessions.

The grants management audience viewed basic Workday features, such as the search bar, inbox and notifications. As a single system for the university’s finance information, Workday will allow grants managers to explore data with flexibility and ease. 

Senior Grants Administrator Lori Blum of the College of Social Work felt the overview helped demonstrate the benefits of Workday.

“I’m looking forward to being able to access financial and research project details from one system. The ability to track work in process and customize reports is something that will make grants management more efficient and accurate,” said Blum.

The presenters for the Workday 101 grants management sessions include:

  • Andrea Ward Ross, assistant executive dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Christine Hamble, associate vice president, Office of Sponsored Programs 
  • James Duade, senior sponsored program officer, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Jaya Pidaparthy, PeopleSoft programmer, Office of the Chief Information Officer

“We went live with PeopleSoft 8.4 Financials in August of 2004, and we are still on PeopleSoft 8.4 all these years later,” said Ward Ross, who has more than 15 years of experience in finance and grants management at Ohio State. “The Enterprise Project gives us an opportunity to align modern software with business best practices to improve service to our constituents.”