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Research Managers share M-Reports with their faculty

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Wouldn't you like to simplify your business processes to reinvest time and effort into more strategic efforts? With the introduction of M-Reports, that's exactly what staff in several units across campus are doing.

"M-Reports not only resulted in a valuable cost savings to our school, it also reduces the margin of reporting error and is one-stop shopping for faculty," said Mary Martinowicz, who implemented the use of the financial reports in the School of Nursing Grants and Research Office 

"The transition from the use of a shadow system report to M-Reports was a key factor in streamlining our post-award business process," said the Senior Research Manager. "M-Reports is a resourceful way to work with faculty. We encourage our Project Investigators to access the system, ask questions, and give us their feedback about the reports."

As a longtime supporter of M-Reports and an original M-Reports Advisory team member, Martinowicz believes the system-generated reports will continue to improve as ITS works with the U-M community to add additional features and enhancements.

"M-Reports not only results in a valuable cost savings to our school, it also reduces the margin of reporting error and is one-stop shopping for faculty," Martinowicz said.

Lori Maddix de Hernandez, Research and Business Manager at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, said implementing M-Reports and eReconciliation has freed up time for high priority tasks in her office.

"I've personally found M-Reports very helpful," Maddix said. "Everyone can look at the same version at the same time. It enables our office to answer questions much quicker."

SNRE staff strive to limit printing, so faculty previously accessed a shadow system to get their monthly reports. The transition to M-Reports eliminated the shadow system – and allowed faculty to get a clearer view of their project financials.

"Our researchers like that they can get their whole financial picture in one summary page," Maddix said. "It's really helping them to see the big picture."