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The Kuali.com transition...

 

How does Kuali.com affect us?

It's been a little over a month since the Kuali Foundation announced its strategy of creating a for profit commercial entity (KualiCo) and there's been a lot of talk about the transition.

We, like many of you, bought into the notion what’s good for the goose is good for the gander;that improving the Kuali product would improve research administration as a whole and therefore our own overall success.  Today is no different. We still believe that improving electronic research administration (eRA) solutions will improve research administration as a whole and therefore our own overall success.  And yes, Kuali Coeus (KC) is still the best eRA platform available.

However, there are significant changes afoot that may have you questioning the new direction…

Carl Straumsheim  said it best on Inside Higher Ed, “…some people in academe have walked away almost with a sense of betrayal, as if Kuali would spend a decade criticizing profit-driven companies only to become one of them.”

 

So what’s really different?

1.    The Kuali Foundation will continue to provide access to their source code under the new licensing. However, the Foundation has stated that there will be limitations on what is released.  At Educause it was announced that multi-tenancy will not be available in the distributed code so there may be more limitations planned as this is a shift from their August 22nd position. There are numerous open source licensing options available. The Foundation will move new versions of KC and the rest of the Kuali Suite from an ECL license to an AGPL3 license. This essentially requires that any source code changes be ‘given back’ to the copyright owner who is now KualiCo.  Read more about Open Source Licenses here.

 

2.    The new licensing model also means that there is now (or will be soon) an official way to report modifications of the source code back to KualiCo. When you customize KC out of the box to accommodate your specific institutional needs, those changes are required to be reported back to KualiCo.  KualiCo can then decide if your changes will enhance their overall product and can choose to adopt your changes into a future release.  MŌDERAS has been excited about this specific approach for years as we’ve made numerous enhancements for our clientele. It’s unfortunate that the Foundation was unable to make this happen in their current model, but we believe that this could ultimately serve the greater community.

 

3.    KualiCo will now be generating revenue from paid professional services such as hosting, certifications, and other functions that were previously in the Kuali Commercial Affiliates (KCA) space such as implementation, training, and support. Having at least four options (including FastTrak) for hosting your Kuali products will enhance the market keeping the cost of Kuali low and functionality in its prime.

 

4.    Overall increase in responsive support allowing MŌDERAS to be more proactive to our customers’ needs.  With the new licensing in place (see No. 1 above) Moderas can now support your entire eRA solution and will not need to wait for the Foundation to make repairs and modifications to the source code. The previous community model was somewhat restrictive; this is a welcome adjustment.

 

Why the KC platform is still the best option for you?

#1 Validation: KC is still the best eRA platform out there!  It remains a cradle-to-grave research administration system to better assist faculty researchers in every stage of the grant management process.  Based off the proven MIT’s Coeus solution, Kuali Coeus was built by research administrators for research administrations.  Available modules include pre-award, post award, subawards, COI, IRB, IACUC, and negotiations. It’s also the most widely adopted eRA system available to date.

 

#2 User Experience:  MŌDERAS and at least two current providers have made varying levels of enhancements to the user interface to improve users’ experience with the Kuali systems. We continue to be responsive to the market and believe the most successful solution(s) will be based on the needs of the research community.

 

#3 Speed: Make Kuali outcomes happen faster! Since the announcement we’ve made over sixty enhancements to Kuali Coeus and that number will double in the coming weeks.  We’re no longer restricted by waiting for new releases; we’re taking the ball and running with it.

 

#4 Growth:  This new opportunity will allow for exponential growth of the product. Unshackling the software by the Foundation stepping back from the product and allowing their commercial entity to drive functionality will allow other companies such as MŌDERAS to do the same. In the short term this may mean there are more Kuali offerings, but that choice will allow the community to thrive in a way never before possible.  The best solutions at the best price will be the ones that rise to the top. Move beyond software selection by creating a fully modular, end-to-end solution that doesn’t sacrifice functionality to be cost effective. 

 

What is next for MŌDERAS?

Our mission has not changed. We still believe that an institution’s size, research dollar amount, or number of staff should not be barriers to work more effectively and efficiently.  That ALL research administrators should have the tools they need to succeed.  For many that vision does not include adopting a suite of products.  Rather, utilizing the assets already in place and simply adopting solutions that can enhance, complement, and support their day to day activities.  To read more about our mission and corporate values please click here.

 

We feel the change in direction of the Foundation unfortunately puts us in direct competition with both them and KualiCo rather than supporting one another.   Therefore we will no longer continue to be a Kuali Commercial Affiliate.  That being said, we will continue to support the research administration community helping with implementations, training, and support.  We will still drive new products such as FastTrak, TurboGrants, ReKoncile, and Kwest to enhance system productivity and address usability issues to ease the burden of research administration.  We will always provide free monthly webinars on system usage and answer questions on the current listservs to support Kuali. We will be making changes to our approach as necessary given this new environment, but we’re very excited about what the future holds in store.

 

We wish KualiCo and the Kuali Foundation much success in their endeavors and feel strongly that the Kuali products will be highly successful.

Kuali Foundation Creates a New Commercial Entity

It's been a little over a month since the Kuali Foundation announced its strategy of creating a for profit commercial entity and there's been a lot of talk about their transition.  I think it's important to understand some of the history to really take this in.  Kuali was never truly open source, it is what's referred to as community source and that's significantly different.  Community source has the advantage of having sponsors who contribute to it's success with both resources and dollars which means it has a safety net to keep it from failing.  That same support comes with red tape and bureaucracy that can keep it from becoming more successful as it's not driven by standard commercial principles. It's a bit of a conundrum and Kuali was the last large community source project out there and the final one to admit defeat by moving to a more closed licensing model. It should be no great surprise that they felt it was time to make a bold decision to keep the kuali effort going into the next decade.

I've collected a number of articles written which discuss the transition to a commercial entity and some of the background on open and community source here for your review.

Here's some of the info from the Foundation.
 

There is no ability currently for you to comment on the Kuali Blog posts unfortunately. We've asked the Foundation to open their blog for comments in the hope that they will take the initiative on behalf of the community. 

I'd love to be able to share more insight into this but we feel this is still evolving and we're not sure what the next steps may be.  Some have suggested that a current and founding commercial affiliate should be the core of this new commercial entity which is an interesting idea but again we have no firm information to share on that possible development and no commerical affiliate is openly championing this idea

We were a bit concerned that the current commercial affiliates are likely to be eliminated from the "community" based on a comment at the face to face meetings in Utah where Brad Wheeler (the Chair of the Kuali Foundation) was asked what this new approach meant for commercial affiliates and he stated that he wasn't sure they'd still be necessary.  We obviously don't feel that's the case since we've enhanced the Kuali Coeus product to a level that far exceeds the out of the box capabilities of KC with our FastTrak offering and we're sure other's have made similar investments.  To be clear, we intend to continue to enhance and support Kuali Coeus for years to come to better support research institutions.

Stay tuned, I'm sure there's more to come!

 

Chris Thompson

President - Moderas

MŌDERAS Partners with Texas State University to Release TurboGrants

MŌDERAS Partners with Texas State University to Release TurboGrants

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

MŌDERAS is proud to announce TurboGrants; our interview-based proposal development tool that allows investigators to quickly and easily create proposals with virtually no training.

“When you signed up for online banking, you didn’t need specialized training.  You didn’t need to read a manual or take an online class.  It’s likely you logged in and just figured it out.  Why can’t we do the same for proposal development?” said Chris Thompson, President of MŌDERAS.

When Texas State and MŌDERAS began to discuss a front door approach for faculty to initiate proposals directly into KC the goal was simple–facilitate faculty engagement and reduce duplicative efforts. TurboGrants quickly grew into much more…

TurboGrants “will help us bridge the gap between those faculty who submit one to two proposals a year and won’t be knowledgeable enough to work directly in Kuali Coeus to those seasoned PIs who will eventually learn the system,” said Kay Beauchamp, Associate Director, Office of Sponsored Programs Texas State University.

TurboGrants gives the power back to your investigators; allowing them to answer simple questions about their research while walking them through the proposal creation process without a tedious training process.  Putting that power in the hands of an investigator can be overwhelming.   TurboGrants allows you to focus less on training and technical requirements and more on enhancing your faculty relations.

TurboGrants includes smart strategic technology to enhance your end user experience.  View proposal status in real time, assign proposal coordinators /administrators, notify coordinators on all changes made to the proposal, audit logging of all changes to proposal development record at a field level, administratively lock proposals and much more.

Kuali Coeus(KC) is a cradle to grave electronic research administration (eRA) system with the flexibility you need to track and manage proposals and was developed with research administrators in mind; made for research administrators by research administrators.  FastTrakis our solution to quickly and easily implement KC in the cloud.  We are proud to introduce TurboGrants; the perfect complement to your eRA needs allowing you to enhance end user experience and lighten your faculties’ burden.

Find out more here or look for a demonstration here.

Institutions who do less than $10M in research per year get TurboGrants for free with FastTrak!

About MŌDERAS

MŌDERAS specializes in web based electronic research administration (eRA) solutions developed on the open source Kuali Coeus™ (KC) platform. Leading you forward, beyond software selection by creating a fully modular, end-to-end solution that doesn’t sacrifice functionality to be cost effective. Our solutions will ultimately afford you the ability to meet your specific and ever-changing research administration needs.  MŌDERAS has the products you need and the services you want for more effective and efficient eRA solutions.

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College of the Holy Cross Selects MŌDERAS FastTrak™ Cloud Solution for Grant Management

College of the Holy Cross Selects MŌDERAS FastTrak™ Cloud Solution for Grant Management

MŌDERASis proud to announce the College of the Holy Cross’s adoption of FastTrak; our cloud-based, low cost, turnkey eRA solution.  

When the College of the Holy Cross initiated their eRA search it was important to find “a user-friendly proposal development tool that was reasonably priced and easy to implement,” said Stacy A. Riseman, Director of Sponsored Research.

FastTrak is the only solution of its kind; providing a package of affordable and intelligent eRA solutions that can address all your research administration needs.  FastTrak offers everything you need to embrace the most widely adopted electronic research administration (eRA) system available today, without the burden of a traditional implementation.

Riseman states, “FastTrak is extremely easy to use; which will enable our faculty to submit a proposal with little to no training.  Another feature we were drawn to was the electronic proposal routing.  It’s hard not to get excited about less paper!”

FastTrak is a fully functional solution that provides our partners the opportunity to be more effective, efficient, and to excel in their areas of expertise.

What’s included?

· Kuali Coeus:The most widely adopted electronic research administration system available.  Built by the Kuali Foundation and based off the proven MIT’s Coeus solution, Kuali Coeus was built by research administrators for research administrations.  Available modules include, pre-award, post award, subawards, COI, IRB, IACUC, and negotiations.

· SynKronize:Data on demand: transfer your data from your general ledger and human resources systems seamlessly into your new eRA solution.

· TurboGrants:TurboGrants is our interview-based proposal creation tool that allows investigators to easily create proposals with little to no training.  *Institutions who do less than $10M in research per year get TurboGrants for free with FastTrak!

· User Interface & Proposal Development Enhancement Included

· Available Add On's:

Kwest, our Funding Opportunity Search Tool that includes both public and private funding sources along with the ability to create a proposal with a single click.

Insight, FastTrak provides "canned" reports. The full InSight reporting tool includes the ability to create your own ad-hoc and detailed reports, to schedule them to run, distribute them through email, and share them with colleagues.

ReKoncile, Tie your expenditures to awarded budgets, allows budget projections, burn rates, and tracking more detail on general ledger expenditure records.

Banner Package: Speed the process of getting your Banner data into Kuali Coues with the Banner Package from MŌDERAS.  This package creates the files for import into Kuali Coeus one time or for regular updates (nightly, weekly, monthly) as you desire.

Grants.Gov & Research.Gov Connector:System to System capability via Grants.Gov so you can submit proposals online.

 “The sales team was very understanding of our individual and specific needs and had the patience and knowledge to answer all of my questions and address any concerns,” Riseman concludes.

“Of course we see the value in FastTrak-- it’s the answer for so many colleges like Holy Cross, but it’s a real testament when others see the value add and begin to get excited about eRA solutions.  FastTrak is a solution that, regardless of size or research dollars, organizations can start small and grow into without shattering their budget,” said Chris Thompson, President of MŌDERAS.

To learn more about FastTrak, visit http://www.moderas.org/Kuali-Coeus-SaaS .

About College of the Holy Cross

The College of the Holy Cross prepares students to lead meaningful lives by combining rigorous academics with opportunities for exploration and reflection.  One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, Holy Cross is exclusively undergraduate and embraces a Catholic, Jesuit identity.  Founded in 1843, College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective, four-year college of approximately 2,900 students. One of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions, Holy Cross offers an academically challenging and personally fulfilling education in the Jesuit tradition.

About MŌDERAS

MŌDERAS specializes in web based electronic research administration (eRA) solutions developed on the open source Kuali Coeus™ (KC) platform. Leading you forward, beyond software selection by creating a fully modular, end-to-end solution that doesn’t sacrifice functionality to be cost effective. Our solutions will ultimately afford you the ability to meet your specific and ever-changing research administration needs.  MŌDERAS has the products you need and the services you want for more effective and efficient eRA solutions.

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Providence College Selects MŌDERAS FastTrak™ Cloud Solution for Grant Management

Providence College Selects MŌDERAS FastTrak™ Cloud Solution for Grant Management

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

MŌDERAS is proud to announce Providence College’s adoption of FastTrak; our cloud-based, low cost, turnkey eRA solution.  

When Providence College initiated their eRA search it was important to find “an affordable, flexible solution that we could start small and grow with.  FastTrak really stood out” said Kris Monahan, Director of Sponsored Research & Programs.

FastTrak is the only solution of its kind; providing a package of affordable and intelligent eRA solutions that can address all your research administration needs.  FastTrak offers everything you need to embrace the most widely adopted electronic research administration (eRA) system available today, without the burden of a traditional implementation.

 “Our first objective was to resolve the issues in our development, electronic routing, and reporting systems.  We’ve found our existing systems to be both inefficient as well as very time consuming. Beyond that the goal was simple; make grants management easier and quicker providing more focus on faculty relations and less on redundant time-consuming paper processes,” according to Monahan.

FastTrak is a fully functional solution that provides our partners the opportunity to be more effective, efficient, and to excel in their areas of expertise.

What’s included?

· Kuali Coeus:The most widely adopted electronic research administration system available.  Built by the Kuali Foundation and based off the proven MIT’s Coeus solution, Kuali Coeus was built by research administrators for research administrations.  Available modules include, pre-award, post award, subawards, COI, IRB, IACUC, and negotiations.

· SynKronize:Data on demand: transfer your data from your general ledger and human resources systems seamlessly into your new eRA solution.

· TurboGrants:TurboGrants is our interview-based proposal creation tool that allows investigators to easily create proposals with little to no training.  *Institutions who do less than $10M in research per year get TurboGrants for free with FastTrak!

· User Interface & Proposal Development Enhancement Included

· Available Add On's:

Kwest, our Funding Opportunity Search Tool that includes both public and private funding sources along with the ability to create a proposal with a single click.

Insight, FastTrak provides "canned" reports. The full InSight reporting tool includes the ability to create your own ad-hoc and detailed reports, to schedule them to run, distribute them through email, and share them with colleagues.

ReKoncile, Tie your expenditures to awarded budgets, allows budget projections, burn rates, and tracking more detail on general ledger expenditure records.

Banner Package: Speed the process of getting your Banner data into Kuali Coues with the Banner Package from MŌDERAS.  This package creates the files for import into Kuali Coeus one time or for regular updates (nightly, weekly, monthly) as you desire.

Grants.Gov & Research.Gov Connector:System to System capability via Grants.Gov so you can submit proposals online.

 

“Having Providence College as a part of the MŌDERASfamily is a real affirmation of our company values.  We are constantly reiterating our commitment to the community; our goal is to help institutions, regardless of their size, meet their specific and ever-changing eRA needs.  Providence College is no different. We are honored they have chosen our FastTrak solution and look forward to partnering with them,” said Chris Thompson, President of MŌDERAS.

To learn more about FastTrak, visit http://www.moderas.org/Kuali-Coeus-SaaS .

About Providence College

Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars.  The Catholic, Liberal Arts College has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 3,900 students and offers degrees in 49 academic majors.  Since 1997, Providence College has consistently been ranked among the five regional universities in the north according to U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges. 

About MŌDERAS

MŌDERAS specializes in web based electronic research administration (eRA) solutions developed on the open source Kuali Coeus™ (KC) platform. Leading you forward, beyond software selection by creating a fully modular, end-to-end solution that doesn’t sacrifice functionality to be cost effective. Our solutions will ultimately afford you the ability to meet your specific and ever-changing research administration needs.  MŌDERAS has the products you need and the services you want for more effective and efficient eRA solutions.

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