New reporting tools will be available as part of the ctcLink project and, this week, 16 people attended a PeopleSoft (PS) Query and Business Intelligence (BI) Publisher training to learn about these new tools and how they can be used.
Seats were limited for this initial training, so select ctcLink/SBCTC team members were invited along with some FirstLink (Tacoma and Spokane) subject matter experts. More training opportunities for PS Query and BI Publisher will be available in the near future in preparation for FirstLink colleges’ implementation of ctcLink in late August.
During the session, participants learned how to design queries and reports and use runtime prompts to allow users to choose relevant field values. They also learned BI Publisher is a robust template-based reporting solution that formats data from a query into a useful report layout.
TCC’s Robert Drake said the amount of functionality we will be gaining with these reporting tools is almost overwhelming. “Reports and data will be able to be pulled with a greater degree of accuracy,” he said. “And data will be presented in a manner that will be much more meaningful to everyone.”
Spokane CC’s Jo Burchell was pleasantly surprised that it was easier than she had thought it would be to pick up the relationship between current tools (DataX ) and how PS Query works. She said one of the exciting things about these tools is the ability to create dashboards that will contain current data.
“I learned a lot about PS Query and BI Publishing,” but, she added, “One of the best things to come out of all of this are the conversations we’re having amongst ourselves, the relationships we’re building, and discovering additional things we need to do to be prepared for report writing as we go forward.”