Does OmniStar support multiple web browsers?
OmniStar is a completely cloud-based SaaS, which means you can access it on any device, and at any time and on any browser.
Does OmniStar have in-built compliance?
OmniStar has been configured to fit the standards and guidelines laid out in the 2 CFR 200.
Does OmniStar cover the full grants life-cycle?
Yes, we cover the entire grants life-cycle, from pre-award all the way through to post-award.
Does OmniStar have any features that support program budgeting? (i.e. accrual method of budgeting, program vs. subprogram, or split programs)
OmniStar has a variety of features that support program budgeting. This includes two different methods of accruing and acquitting budgets, a multi-tiered program hierarchy and the ability to allocate budgets to programs.
How does OmniStar support collaboration?
Collaboration is a key aspect of grants, ethics and research and is supported via a variety of functions in the platform. These include:
- The ability to share applications and forms with other users with different permission levels
- The ability to add comments within the forms
- The ability to add comments to records with public and private visibility
- The ability to share documents with other users on various records
Does OmniStar store and log communications such as internal and external email (CRM capabilities)?
Yes. All communication sent through OmniStar is stored and logged within the platform. Functionality exists to be able to record emails sent externally to OmniStar against corresponding records automictically within OmniStar so a single source of truth is maintained.
Does OmniStar include the ability to upload documents such as financials, in various file formats?
Yes, OmniStar supports over 80 different file formats being stored within the platform. These include Microsoft Office formats (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc), image formats (PNG, JPG, etc.), video and audio formats (MP3/4, FLV, AVI, MPEG, etc), zip files, geographic information system formats, and other formats such as XML.
Does OmniStar allow for the categorisation of records, and if so, how can you define them?
Yes, a range of methods exists to categorise records in the platform which include lookup lists (Classifications), tags, structured data, additional fields and categories to name a few. All these can be defined and managed by the end-user.
Does OmniStar support batch updates across several records?
OmniStar provides various batch or bulk update capabilities. This is present in various parts of the system on commonly access record types, e.g. Contacts, Applications and Projects. This capability is extended through a bulk create and update capability through a data migration spreadsheet import function.
Can I check the status of my grant application?
Absolutely. OmniStar is designed to be self-service. Users are able to check the status of their application. The statuses and associated notes and feedback are able to be defined by the end-user.
Does OmniStar allow for collaboration with applications in progress?
Yes, please refer to the FAQ “How does your system support collaboration?”
Does OmniStar offer visual dashboards and user-defined graphical representations of data?
OmniStar has an advanced dashboard, visualisation and reporting capabilities that can be as complex or as simple as you need it to be. We have reporting bundles to suit a wide variety of needs, all come with dashboards for quick real-time access to your data.
Are advanced analytics available?
Yes. OmniStar is backed by a sophisticated data warehouse as standard. This platform provides the ability for advanced analytics to be produced to suit a wide range of use cases.
Is it easy to do ad hoc reporting?
Absolutely. Dashboard, visualisation, and reporting tools all come as standard as a part of the OmniStar platform. This includes several predefined dashboards and reports to get you started. Comprehensive documentation and training exist to help you get the most out of the ad-hoc dashboard and reporting designers.
With the purchasing of the OmniStar Enterprise Reporting Connector, you are able to use your favourite reporting and visualisation tools, such as PowerBI to directly access the OmniStar data warehouse.
Can OmniStar integrate all my agency’s financial information?
Using API’s, OmniStar can integrate into any financial software your organisation or agency may use. OmniStar has been successfully integrated with financial systems such as FinanceOne, MYOB, QuickBooks and SAP to name a few.