24 5 / 2013

For the past 4 weeks we’ve had the University in a Research Purchase Requisition Blackout, in order to process our year-end functions.

Yesterday, it lifted.

Patience, knowledge & recollections have been put to test. That is the TRUTH… 40 min phone calls, failing processes, constant documentation review/updating and MUCH more vodka consumption. <— J/K….?

It’s rewarding when the process completes successfully - the best accomplishments come from the dedicated work you’ve put into it, right?

"You want a happy ending, but not such a ridiculous happy ending that is doesn’t mean anything to anybody" - Paul Feig

Paul knows what’s up.

Now comes the review/improve stage. From which there is only one direction to move - UP.

The little cherry that always gets requested to be put on top of something awesome, would be for summer to show up any day now. I am IMpatiently waiting for it. 

I hope you are celebrating endings/accomplishments too - your life deserves it.

23 10 / 2012

Ever since the beginning of PS, we’ve experienced a regular (as well as sporadic) batch process failure in relation to the approval of Pending Purchase Requisitions.

I use terms such as regular and sporadic because this failure has been happening ever since PS go-live but might occur anywhere from 3 times in one day to only once a week, etc. To sum, I can’t really predict it.

Delightfully, a theory has been suggested by my brilliantly technical colleague, as to why this failure happens. I’ve done some field work to confirm this theory, and it appears everything jives.

Revelation: This batch process failure happens when a Requestor submits their purchase requisition exactly on the hour (ie. 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, etc.), which happens to be the exact moment the batch process is scheduled to run (every hour on the hour).

These two events (submitting the Req and approving the Req) cannot seem to co-exist peacefully, so in order to ensure smooth waters within the Requisitioning process it looks like we’ll want to avoid contact between them.

Ie. If you are ready to submit your Purchase Requisition try waiting until the hour change has passed (ex. 10:01).

Another mystery solved… I feel like I should request detective badges for our team.

17 10 / 2012

Are you looking to buy small quantities of chemicals, solvents and lab supplies at competitive prices through a convenient location here at Queen’s? Look no further than Science Stores in Chernoff Hall or the DBMS Biobar/Microstore in Botterell Hall!

They will hook.you.up.