Research Foundation's Oracle Business System Upgrade: Shutdown Announced for Upgrade and Improvements

Published January 28, 2014

There is an upcoming Oracle/Research Foundation (RF) Business System upgrade that will require the RF Business System to shut down after the close of business on Friday, April 25, 2014 through Sunday, May 4th, 2014.

During this shutdown period, Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) and other UB business offices will not be able to process RF transactions.

Following the completion of this scheduled shutdown, all users of the Oracle business system will “go live” with the upgraded R12 version of Oracle on May 5th, 2014.

The RF Business System Upgrade includes transitioning the PIAI, Quick View, and Discoverer applications into RF Report Center Dashboards that are set to go live on Monday, May 5th, 2014. The RF Report Center leverages the latest in dashboard, alerting, analytics, and reporting technology to make it easier for users to perform financial analysis, monitor financial health, and to track financial compliance all from one location.

Although the shutdown period will be a short-term inconvenience to the university, it will ultimately result in improved business tools for RF transactions.  The end result will be a system that allows end users to achieve their transactions in a timelier and more user-friendly manner.

During this shutdown period, Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) and other UB business offices will not be able to process RF transactions. As a necessary safeguard to avoid detrimental halts in transactions, UB’s business offices will establish new deadlines for key transactions that would have normally occurred during the shutdown period (close of business 4/25/14 - 5/4/14). 

Between now and March 2014, SPS, Human Resources, Travel, and Procurement Services will publish special transaction submission deadlines prior close of business on April 25th, 2014.  Please contact each office respectively and/or their website for further details as we progress towards the shutdown.

The Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the various UB business offices are excited to implement the Oracle business system upgrade (R12) as a means to provide even better support to UB and its research community.