Category Archives: Business Process Education

Cloud Computing- Data On Your Fingertips

Computing Power To Stay One Step Ahead

“Sharing is Caring”- and cloud computing is the perfect example of this. When it comes to the IT world, the most common topic of discussion in recent times is cloud computing. Cloud computing has created a wave of progress like no other.

What is Cloud Computing?

In simple terms, cloud computing refers to massive data storage and distribution without a single user intervention. It can also be described as online data centres which are made available to multiple users to store and access data on demand.

The largest cloud in the public domain is Amazon AWS which was launched in 2006. The humongous system provides companies, individuals and even governments a space on their cloud to manage and run operations.

Software professionals are looking to make the most of this technology because as per market trends and the world becoming a smaller place, cloud computing seems to be most coveted profession of the future.

Advantages of Considering a Career in Cloud Computing

Given the growing popularity of the field, cloud computing is fast becoming a profession to reckon with. Some of the reasons for you to consider cloud computing as a serious career option are:

  • Demand for computing professionals is on the rise

Corporates are looking for professionals who have mastered this new technology to further advance their company goals. Organizations nowadays need strong cloud support to ensure the smooth functioning of their hardware and software. A cloud computing certification bolsters your resume and proves to the company that you’re the right candidate for them. It is a technology that is here to stay, so a certification will give you an edge over others.

  • Computing professional enjoy a handsome pay

Since this is a relatively new technology, professionals in the market are emerging. This raises the demand for certified cloud computing professionals and increases your bargaining power as well. It also gives you the chance to choose from a list of favourite companies. Given that it is still a niche field professionals with a valid certification are handsomely recompensed.

  • Job Security

Cloud computing aims to maintain and sustain massive amounts of data. A certification proves your credibility with your employer and helps you cement your position in the organization. Another reason for this to be a secure field is that it is not affected by market conditions. Cloud computing is independent of volatility and serves as a long term and fruitful profession.

Cloud computing has transformed the way businesses operate. From multi nationals to start ups all employ some form of cloud computing to further their business. If you’re looking for a career that will keep you in demand and allow the freedom of choice, then this is the way to go.

Before you decide to take the plunge, consider all options to enhance your resume so that prospective employees can bank on your expertise. One such certification that can give you the much needed impetus is TCS iON ProCertCloud Computing. This certification helps your gauge your proficiency and provides inputs to improve your skill set. An added bonus is that it gives you the chance to connect with global corporates who are on the lookout to hire certified professionals. Opt for a recognized Cloud Computing certification today and watch your career soar!

Visit http://bit.ly/PCCloud1 for more details.

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Fresher Skills Meet Corporate Expectations

Understanding the requirements of the New Age Employer

A degree is a stepping stone to bigger and better opportunities. However, experienced professionals will tell you that, while a degree opens up various doors, the only way to seal the deal is to develop some essential soft skills to enhance your profile.

Corporates are always on the lookout for well-rounded and informed candidates who can push their brand in the right direction. Here are some basic skills that one needs to hone before applying for that dream job.

  • Communication Skills

Perhaps one of the most essential tools, communication and appropriate expression of thought can make all the difference. Employers expect prospective candidates to be articulate and express their thoughts with clarity and precision. Apart from the actual interview, mailing skills also play an important part in gauging professionality.

  • Learning Aptitude

Adaptability is the key to steady growth. Even though the fundamentals of a job might not change, the processes, systems and products might be upgraded over time. An employee who can shed outdated methods and adapt to new processes effectively is more likely to be considered for bigger opportunities.

  • Out of the Box Thinking

Innovation drives a business. The new ideas you bring to the table define you as a follower or a leader. Check the company website, social media feeds, and news articles about the company which will enable you to give relevant and creative answers during the interview. Hiring managers are always inclined towards candidates who can bring fresh ideas to their organization.

  • Domain Knowledge

It goes without saying that domain proficiency is one of the basic qualifiers for a candidate to be considered for a job. For an extra edge, read up on the current trends in your domain and update your understanding of the subject. This shows that you’re good with research and always looking to improve yourself.

  • Teamwork / Collaboration

“Teamwork makes the dream work.” Unless employees cooperate and work together in harmony, the company cannot function smoothly. Corporations are made up of various teams who work towards a common goal. Being a team player with a zest for collaborative insights is considered a strong strength by prospective employers.

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Are you up for a challenge? Will you quit at the first sign of trouble? Interviewers tend to throw hypothetical challenges to gauge your problem solving skills. Candidates who can come up with professional solutions exude more confidence and show character which puts them in the running for the position.

  • Attention to detail

Small gestures go a long way. Did you reply to the hiring manager’s mail confirming the time of the interview? Were you on time for the interview with the documents you were asked to produce? Candidates who show earnestness and a natural flair for minute details are a dream to work with. This puts employers at ease because they know you’re reliable, punctual and a stickler for rules.

  • Leadership Quality

A good manager is someone who pushes for team growth and progress. Did you lead an event or fest in college? Be sure to mention this fact in your resume and highlight it in the interview especially if the event you headed was a success. Employers look for candidates who show a natural potential to be a future manager.

  • Digital Knowhow

Most jobs will now list a set of computer applications or programs they expect the candidate to be aware of. Even if the use of the application does not directly affect your day to day working, it is advisable to be adept with basic skills. Apart from boosting your resume, you could also make suggestions to speed up current processes with the help of relevant computer applications.

  • Professionalism / Work Ethic

A critical commandment for an employer is choosing a candidate who displays ethical judgement and a strong sense of integrity. Long term associations can be formed only if you build trust with your managers. Your reaction to difficult situations and owning up to your errors goes to show that you are sincere and just.

Now that you know the requirements, how do you gain an impetus to crack that job interview? TCS iON Common Corporate Qualifier Test (CCQT) is one such distinctive program which partners with prominent corporates to conduct assessments based on a variety of parameters. Successful candidates gain an advantage and stand the chance to be hired by the partner corporate. Get ready to win the race and land your dream job.

For more details visit https://learning.tcsionhub.in/lll/wp/qualifier/ccqt

Are schools producing the Nation Builders of Tomorrow?

equp students to face real worl challenges with 21st Century Skills

How critical is the need for 21st Century Skills in the school curriculum to equip students for real-world challenges? 

Transforming Education for the Rapidly-Changing Digital World

The digitally advanced world has rendered over 94 per cent of the engineering students unfit for hiring. Only about 5 per cent of the country’s workforce is said to have had formal skill training, while around 31 million people are unemployed. It is thus evident that there is a widening gap between the course structure in the school and the life skills needed for the real world.

With the education system, still focused on exam survival, and plagued with disconnected facts and teaching disparate, there is little or no scope for developing non-academic competencies required for the 21st Century. Problem-based learning which presents students with the opportunity to collaborate and solve authentic problems is missing.It is almost shocking how few young, educated individuals know how to do the basic tasks of filling examination forms, applying for educational loan facilities, handling banking processes, writing official letters, or simply facing interviews.

As learning on the job is now an obsolete concept, applicants need to have an in-depth understanding of the role they are applying for.Institutions, therefore, need to adopt an evolved approach to prepare students for facing multifaceted challenging environments.

Skills and Knowledge Go Hand in Hand

The intensively competitive and evolved work space requires students to be able to match the new expectations. Re-designing the school curriculum and the classroom strategies is thus crucial to prepare them for the needs of the modern world at an early age. These modifications include the introduction of 21st Century skills such as Super Skills of Creativity and Innovation,Critical Thinking and Reasoning, Communication Skills, Collaboration and Compassion, Financial Literacy, Reading Skills, Ethics, Values &Life Skills, and Health, Hygiene and Fitness, into the program of study. 

These skills would present students with the opportunity to enhance their academic learning in a more systematic and informed manner so that they are ready to tackle societal challenges in relevant social issues. Also, they would prevent them from having any unrealistic expectations and aid them in exploring meaningful job opportunities.

How Do We Ensure That Our Children Are Future Ready?

Not much can be achieved if the dedication in altering the curriculum is not supported with a similarly evolved assessment procedure to test students on their subject depth. Multiple rounds of evaluations spread over the school, city and national level, employing OMR based and computer-based tests can help in preparing students better for the challenges of tomorrow. The contest with these timed tests would focus on 21st Century skills and in developing early entrepreneurship. They would encourage children to showcase their super skills in solving complex problems and measure their thinking ability against their peers.

These tests can be divided into the junior section, for students of grade 6 to grade 8, and the senior section, for students of grades 9 and 10, for all the State, Central, and International 

School Board students. The results can be published online along with downloadable digital participation certificates. By testing each student on the grade level content, these contests would help develop an understanding and appreciation for creativity, innovation and socially significant topics for the 21st Century.

While schools focus on the academic subjects, similar importance needs to be given to these skills and topics that enrich academic learning. Only a balanced approach between the two can assist students in qualifying as the Nation Builders of Tomorrow.

We look forward to your comments and encourage you to contact us if you would like to discuss more.

To know about TCS iON Life Long Learning Initiative for students, visit us at https://learning.tcsionhub.in/LLL/se/intelligem .

Best Regards,

Renuka Vadhyar

Product Head

TCS iON

DIMENSiON October 2018 | Business Process – Education

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Payroll

Faster way to generate Form 16 from multiple sites

Feature: Changes in Form 16 format as per statutory requirement

Description: Earlier, the Form 16 Part A displayed the name and designation of the employee. Now you can view the employee number, name and address of the employee.

The changes are as follows:

  • Employee number is printed on the top left part of the form
  • Address availability is checked in the following sequence:
  1. Permanent Address
  2. Present Address
  3. Residential Address
  4. Home Address
  5. Office Address

If all the address fields are blank then the address field is kept as blank.

Additionally, you can also generate Form 16 from multiple sites.

Key benefits: Statutory compliance adhere to and faster generation of Form 16 for multiple sites

Analyze data with new Organizational Reports

Feature: Two new ODRs – Adhoc Payment and recovery and House Rent Details are now available.

Description: New ODRs have added in the last release

  • Adhoc Payment and recovery – Details related to advance recovery/arrears payments to a particular employee in the organisation.
  • House Rent Allowance – Details of HRA deductions done for the particular employee in the organisation.

Key benefits: Organisation can now create their own reports to analyse data of these two entities as per business requirement.

 

Highlights of the month

Feature: DSS enabled in two modules – Adhoc Payment and recovery and HRA Application

Description: DSS has been enabled in two modules with the following rules :

  • In Adhoc payments/recoveries, DSS button is provided to assist the approver for taking the decision on whether to approve the applications. The rule set is: If an employee, whose application was rejected twice in the past, the approver is warned of the failed status and requesting the admin to cross verify the data again.
  • On the HRA Application screen, approvers can now use the DSS option that helps them to take a decision to approve or reject an application based on past data of the employee. The DSS rule set is: If an employee defined HRA amount > 100,000 but did not provide Landlord PAN Number, DSS warns (fail status) the approver.

Another case is, if for any month employee has used company accommodation as well as has defined HRA Amount, DSS warns (fail status) the approver.

Key benefits: Speeds up the decision-making process, increases organizational control and Enables the automation of the managerial process.

Feature: Audit trail for Paycode rule configurator

Description: Now, the audit trail will be maintained for any changes done in Paycode rule configurator screen, recording the date and time, user detail to record who has made the change and values changed in specific configuration rule.

Key benefits: Audit Trail helps to record integrity and accuracy of data, system protection from misuse or harm, and security of sensitive or important information.

Feature: Enhancement in Payslip PCR and ODR

Description: If in case the organisation name changes during or at the beginning of the financial year, employees and admin can generate their previous payslips with the old organisation name.

Key benefits: Payslip for the pasted period can be generated with the correct organisation name for any statutory requirements.

 

DIMENSiON September 2018 | Business Process – Education

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TCS iON Digital Campus

Maintaining the bulk transactions are now simpler

Introducing a new Extract Transform Load(ETL) to populate lot numbers in enrollment Session Group Master(SGM)  wise facts with a limit of 500 Students for a particular lot. This ETL counts the number of students for every distinct SGM, Subject session master, site and study centre.

For example:-

There are 1150 students for SGM (Apr_May 2018), Subject session master (Semester 1), site ( site 1) and study centre ( study centre 1), then the lot is assigned in the following manner:-

  1. a) Lot number 2 is assigned to the first 500 students
  2. b) Lot number 3 is assigned to the next 500 students
  3. c) Lot number 4 is assigned to the remaining 150 students

Subsequently, for the same granularity if a new student gets enrolled, then lot 3 is assigned until the capacity reaches 500. If capacity surpasses 500 again, a new lot number 4 is created and assigned to the students.

Key benefits:

  • If the data set is heavy, then lot number concept is beneficial for the bulk transaction like regular/backlog processing, report card generation. Starting this release, requests are broken into the site, lot number which will make the overall transaction lighter.

 

Easy view on daily attendance for the students

Functionality:

We are introducing new UI of View Period wise Attendance for Mobile Application. This will provide better usability for a user by covering more use cases. 

Key benefits:

  • With the implementation of this feature, there won‘t be multiple use cases of Summary and Detailed view of Attendance.
  • Moreover, a New UI also covers more use cases such as Month wise Attendance of Subject or Subject-Activity.
  • Students will be able to view the daily attendance.
  • Better Usability and User-friendly with a guided flow.

Using the Feature:

A user can use this feature from the following path:

  • Go to the Admin Panel –> mTop –> User group Access Mapping à Assign use case of View Period wise Attendance.
  • The student will be able to view period wise attendance use cases from their mobile app.
  • It is only applicable for Students and Parents.
  • Please find the screenshot in next slide

 

TCS iON Digital Assessment

Know the time remaining for the login with timer alert

Feature: Enhancements in Candidate Console

Description: Following are the enhancements to the Candidate Console in addition to the existing capabilities.

  • Remaining Login Time Alert: A timer will be displayed on the login page to inform the candidates about the time remaining to login.
  • Registration Photo of Candidate: The candidate photograph taken during registration will also be displayed in the login screen of the candidate console, in addition to the photograph in the application.

Key benefits:

  • Displays remaining login time on Candidate Console.
  • Displays candidate registration photograph on Candidate Console.

 

mTop

Complete course easily on a mobile device

Feature: Introducing iLearn on Mobile

Description: Employees can access mTop to view or complete courses using the mobile phone.

Key benefits:

As people might migrate from computer to mobile devices since the face of the internet is changing, this will increase customer engagement.

 

HRMS solution

Tracking employees weekly off is now simpler

Description: Introducing provision for employees to now raise a request to change their Rest Day using a new screen called Raise Rest Day Change Application. While raising this request, an employee needs to select the Month and Date they wish to change their rest days. The system will show already tagged Rest days to them and they can select any day they wish to take the week off and submit the application. Upon submission, the application requires approval and once approved, the requested Rest days are tagged and updated for the mentioned dates. Until the application is finally approved or rejected, User will not be able to raise new application for the same dates.

Key benefits:

Employees can now choose and select any day they wish to take the week off. Making the lives easier for employees in the workforce.

Highlights of the month

Capture Score New UI

Functionality:

New UI is designed to Capture the Score screen. A dashboard view has been provided to the user to show the capture score status. A new use case of date extension of the overdue task is added, where a user can raise a request for date extension for overdue tasks. This UI is more informative and intuitive to the user. On the landing screen, there will be a dashboard with Pending Tasks, Completed Exams and Overdue Tasks and Capture Score Statistics section. In the Pending Task section, all the records that are not captured or partially captured are displayed and the user can select a record and capture. In Completed Exams, all the exams that are completed are displayed. In overdue tasks section, all the records for which capturing window is closed are listed and the user can request for accessing those records. Capture Score Statistic section shows the Award, Semester, Exam wise captured, not captured and partially captured status.

Key benefits:

  • A user will be notified with the capture score status(list of pending tasks, completed exams.)
  • The user will get the capture score statistics award, semester, and exam type wise completion status on the home screen.

Using the Feature:

Go to Digital Campus–>Exam and Grading–>Capture Regular/Backlog Marks (New UI)

Pending Task Section–>all the records that are not captured or partially captured are displayed and the user can select a record and capture.

Overdue Task Section–>all the exams for which capture window is closed.

Completed Exam Section–>all the records for which capturing window is closed are listed and the user can request for accessing those records.

Statistics Section–>shows the Award, Semester, Exam wise shortlisting, not captured and partially captured status.

Attendance Marking New UI

Functionality:

New UI has been designed for Attendance Marking in bulk screen. A dashboard view has been provided to the user to show the Attendance Marking status. A new use case of date extension of the overdue task is added where a user can raise a request for date extension for overdue tasks. This UI is more informative and intuitive to the user. On the landing screen there will be a dashboard with Today’s Exams, Pending Tasks, Completed Exams, Overdue Tasks and Capture Score Statistics section. In today’s exams section, all the exams that are going on today and attendance can be marked. In the Pending Task section, all the records for which the attendance is not marked or partially displayed, the user can select a record and mark the attendance. In overdue tasks section, all the records for which attendance marking window is closed are listed and the user can also request for accessing those records. Attendance Report section shows the completed, pending and overdue task status.

Key benefits:

  • The user will upfront get the Attendance marking status (list of pending tasks, overdue tasks)
  • The user will get the Attendance Report on the home screen which will show the percentage of records in completed, pending and overdue state.

Using the Feature:

  • Go to Digital Campus–>Exam and Grading–>Mark Absentee in Bulk (New UI).
  • Today’s Exam Section–>List all the exams which are going on today and attendance can be marked.
  • Pending Task Section–>all the records for which attendance is not marked or partially displayed and the user can select a record and mark attendance.
  • Overdue Task Section–>all the records for which attendance marking window is closed are listed and the user can also request for accessing those records.
  • Completed Exam Section–>all the exams which are completed are displayed
  • Attendance Report Section–>shows the completed, pending and overdue task status.

Biometric integration for Hostel Attendance

Functionality:

As per the customer’s Requirement, we have provided biometric integration with the Hostel Attendance. Whenever a student swipes his/her card at the door, the entries will move to the SIMS table first and the manual trigger done at TCS iON Digital Campus will bring the Attendance records from SIMS to TSC iON Digital Campus. A new screen with the name as “Hostel Attendance Sync” has been created for the manual trigger where the user has to hit on the Mark Attendance button after which Attendance will be marked in TCS iON Digital Campus against slots. In case if a student did not swipe or forget to swipe the card, then they can inform the hostel warden/ admin for marking his/her attendance manually via mTOP/Webtop. In a case, if Student has taken Hostel leave for two days and he has applied Hostel Leave in the System then his absent/present status will be marked as per the Leave type selected.

Key benefits:

  • This implementation will ease the process of Hostel Attendance marking.
  • The user will only have to click on the manual trigger, accordingly, attendance will be marked in TCS iON Digital Campus.

Using the feature:

  • A sheet with the detail has Hostel name along with the id will be provided to the user.
  • The user has to create Site with the Site code as” Hostel ID#HOS”, Hostel name under Site description and other details need to be filled in the SysAdmin.
  • Whenever Student Swipes his/her card at the door, the entries will move to the SIMS table first and the manual trigger done at TCS iON Digital Campus will bring the Attendance records from SIMS to TCS iON Digital Campus.
  • A new screen with the name as “Hostel Attendance Sync” is created for the manual trigger where the user has to click on the Mark Attendance button after which Attendance will be marked in TCS iON Digital Campus against slots.
  • In this user has to select the Hostel and the from and to date and click on Mark Attendance button
  • Users can be able to see the status of the process

Exit Feedback

Functionality:

As per the requirement, we have created a new type of feedback as “Exit Feedback“ where a feedback is to be taken only by Students at the end of the Semester.  Students can only be able to submit their response once in an entire academic semester. We have provided a column named as “ PO code” in the Question template where Program objectives are to be mapped at question level while creating Questions. PO code will be available in the glossary and is non-mandatory.

We have provided a column for mapping SGM at Window level. Also, multiple rows will be allowed for the creation of windows but the same SGM cannot be mapped at the different window. Feedback will be sent to all those students who cleared and are selected.

Key benefits:

  • This type of feedback can only be taken by students who cleared the academic course.
  • This type of feedback is taken for a program that is helpful in improving the Program for future batches.

Using the feature:

  • Go to Digital campus–> feedback
  • Click on design feedback, Create a Feedback for Type as Exit Feedback
  • After creating a feedback, the user has to map the PO against the Questions after downloading the Excel
  • Once the Questions are mapped, a user has to create the window.
  • The user has to select SGM at the window level and click on save button.
  • After saving the window detail, click on Send Feedback where the user has to define Site, Award, and session. If these filters are not selected then feedback will be sent to the students who cleared a particular SGM.
  • The user will get a message as feedback is successfully sent.

Photo Capture Using Web Cam

Functionality:

We are going to introduce a new feature in iDC Student Module where the student will be able to capture their photo using Webcam which can be saved to their profile. Admin can also capture the students’ photographs using the webcam and save to the respective student’s profile.

Key benefits:

  • This approach will help in saving the time and cost of extra effort made to save the photo in the system and upload it manually for each student.
  • This will also reduce the chances of a wrong photo upload as the Photographs are captured on the spot.

Using the Feature:

Follow the below steps to use the Webcam for capturing and saving student Photo:

  • Go to the Digital Campus → Student → Student Details
  • Search a Student and Click on Student Profile Button
  • Click on Upload option at Student Photo icon.
  • Click on Take Snapshot to Capture the Photo through WebCam and Click on Save. 

Additional Learning

Functionality:

We have introduced a new functionality named as ‘Additional Learning’

Key benefits:

  • With the introduction of this functionality, a user can schedule and conduct additional learning in an organization such as Guest Lecture, Seminar etc.
  • The user will also able to define the Identified Gap in the curriculum for whom the activity is going to conduct.
  • The user can be defined by the following types of activities:
    Guest Lecture
    Seminar
    Training
    Workshop
    Industrial Visit
    Leaning

Using the Feature:

  • Additional Learning Master:-
  • Go to Digital Campus > Timetable > Miscellaneous > Additional Learning.
  • Select whether the activity is for any gap filing or curriculum.
  • Define Activity Name and Type, Faculty In-Charge, Date, Time, Presenter, Venue and Applicability.
  • Map required Program Outcome (Map PO) for activities.
  • Define Scope for which program session students this activity is going to be conducted.
  • Also, if required user may map faculties who are attending this session in the second tab.
  • For Attendance Marking:-
  • The user has to define a leave type for additional learning at the following path:
  • Go to Digital Campus –> Timetable Settings –> Configure Default –> Leave tab.
  • Once leave is defined at ‘Consider for Additional Learning’ only then the user will be allowed to mark the attendance.

Only Faculty In-charge and Admin will able to mark attendance for additional learning activities.

Impact:
If slot and additional learning activity are applicable for students at the same time.
In such cases, if student marked as Present in additional learning activity then leave type which is mapped at default setup will flow for a student in their timetable slot attendance.
If the student is absent at additional learning activity then there is no impact in timetable slot.
If the student is on leave then leave is shown at both places timetable slot as well as additional learning.

Student Counselling

Functionality:

Introducing a new feature called ‘Student Counselling‘. Currently, we are rolling out phase one where only an admin will have the rights to create and edit student counselling.

Key benefits:

  • We are offering new features where an Admin can raise counselling for Students.
  • Counselling can be offered for Academics/Personal.
  • It will help an organisation to maintain the better environment in the organisation by resolving various grievances of students.

Using the feature:

A user can use this feature from the following path:

  • Go to Digital Campus–> Student –> Student Counselling.
  • Create Student Counselling.
  • Select Student, Counselling type, Faculty (who is going to provide counselling), Date and Status.
  • For Academic Counselling: A user will have the option to select Subject which is not a mandatory process.
  • Currently, it is applicable from Administrator. We may enhance this feature in the upcoming release.

Introducing Manual Punch under Raise On duty Application

Description: With this release, introducing Manual punch under Raise On duty Application. Suppose an employee has forgotten to punch or wishes to mark in and out punch manually, then he/she will have provision to raise On duty Application by selecting On duty type = Manual Punch. On selection of this On duty type, the system will enable a new field i.e. In/Out Punch. The employee can select any one value in this field and can fill the timings.  If the user has selected IN PUNCH in this drop-down then they are allowed to fill the In Time-outs field will become Non-editable and vice versa.

Key benefits:
Easing the complications for employees in case he/she forgot to punch.

Introducing Negative Leave balance
Description: With this release, introducing Negative leave balance concept in Leave module. “Allow negative leave balance” flag has been given under Leave Master. By default this flag is false. If admin checks this flag, then the negative balance is enabled for the organisation wrt that leave type.

Key Benefits:

With this feature, employees will be able to apply for leave even if the balance has been exhausted. The number of days will be considered as negative balance and once the leaves are credited to their account, the leave balance is settled.  Now avail an absolute work-life balance.

 

 

 

DIMENSiON August 2018 | Business Process – Education

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TCS iON Digital Campus

Bulk Award Semester mapping is now easier

Description: Using this functionality, a user can map ESM at applicable batch-sessions in one go for an Award Semester. The user has to map the Exam tree and Exam ESM at Subject Group header level and Subject ESM at Subject group detail level. The Program Semester to Subject Group Mapping TFFP template has to be mapped as Subject Group to Regulation Master, Award, Program and Semester level. On Saving the Academic Template to Program Semester, the mapping system will fetch the subject group at Program Semester level and will map the Subject group header and details at the Academic template level. A daily ETL scheduler will map the Exam Tree and Exam ESM at Batch session level the same night. Existing ETL will map the Subject ESM mapped at Academic template subject group detail level at batch session subject level. Synchronize ESM screen will be used to finally sync all the configurations at the Batch Session level.

  • Go to Digital Campus–> Exam and Grading–>Settings
  • Create Exam ESM, Subject ESM, and Exam Tree
  • Go to Digital Campus–> Time Table->Settings->Subject Group–>Map Exam Tree and Exam ESM at Subject Group header level
  • Go to Digital Campus–> Time Table->Settings->Subject Group–>Subject ESM at Subject group detail level
  • Go to Web installer–> Program Semester to Subject Group Mapping TFFP template–>map Subject Group to Regulation Master, Award, Program and Semester level and save
  • On saving of Academic Template to Program Semester, a mapping system will fetch the subject group mapped at Program Semester level and will map the Subject group header and details at the Academic template level.
  • An ETL scheduler will map the Exam Tree and Exam ESM at Batch session level the same night. An existing ETL will map the Subject ESM mapped at Academic template subject group detail level at batch session subject level.
  • Go to Digital Campus–> Exam and Grading–> Settings–>Sync ESM screen–>Sync ESM and Exam Tree

 Key Benefits: 

  • ESM can be mapped in bulk in one go for an Award Semester.
  • Manual Effort will be reduced largely.

 

Get a quick view on exam tree with subject wise

Description:

Using this functionality, a user can define exam tree subjectwise for a Site, Batch and Session. In this tree definition for the subject, the user can define the Non-Consolidated Grading Scheme, Maximum Marks for that subject, and also the selected  Exam Type is of capture node or a calculated node. This configuration needs to be defined for all the exam types where the subject is associated.

  • Go to Configure Exam Tree for the Subject screen.
  • Select Site, Batch and Session, the subject for which the tree has to be configured and click on search.
  • Select any one row (subject row) for which tree has to be configured.
  • Create rows for exam types and map the Non-Consolidated grading scheme, assign maximum marks to capture the flag as per the requirement.
  • Save the records and an exam tree for the selected subject will be created.

Key Benefits: 

  • An Exam Tree can be defined subject wise as per specific requirement of some customers.

 

SIMS Solution

Manage Time and Attendance process efficiently

Description: Introducing a new feature, site wise attendance marking for the student. Earlier the parameter was ‘organization’ specific, now it is ‘site specific’. Based on the hardware device configured in the site (single swipe, swipe in/out etc), attendance can be calculated w.r.t specific site tagged to the student.

Key benefits:

The attendance parameter configuration can be done at the site level than organization level. This makes the Time and Attendance process more efficient.

HRMS

Faster view on employee performance by CSR activity

Description: Introducing a new entity type, CSR Activity in transaction history of Employee Management module wherein the CSR Activity performed by the employee can be viewed. The user/employee can fill in the required data through an Intelligent Data Form which will be available once the user logs in. In addition to that, Reports are also made available for the same. The Intelligent Data Form can be configured at the customer’s level.

Key benefits: The CSR Activity performed by the employees can now be viewed in application benefitting from sustainable development and better brand recognition.

 

TCS iON Digital Learning

Get 100% enhancement on completion of Mandatory nodes  

Description: In iON Digital Learning solution, an enhancement is introduced in grading functionality wherein Course completion meter will increase to 100% on completion of Mandatory nodes if and only if the grading in the Course is based on mandatory nodes.

  • Initially, the user had to complete all nodes irrespective of the TOC nodes being selected as Mandatory to make the completion meter reach 100%.
  • As per this implemented CR, the participant will have to complete only mandatory nodes marked with ‘*’ in the Content player and the Course meter will reach 100%.
  • To select this newly added feature of the mandatory unit process, the admin has to first map at least one unit as mandatory.
  • Unscheduled/Inactive nodes cannot be made Mandatory in Course

Key benefits: Participants can complete only the mandatory units to achieve 100% on course.

Highlights of the month:-

  1. Sub Division of Capacity – Student Selected Timetable

Description: We have introduced a new feature where a user can define the different capacity for elective courses for different Student Timetable Group or Sections. The user will be able to define the overall capacity of any elective courses then they can further divide total capacity into smaller section but the sum of sub-divided capacity should be same as of total capacity of particular course.

  • Go to Digital Campus → Timetable Settings → Create Student Timetable Template.
  • Download Timetable Template, enter the details and Upload it.
  • Download Load Capacity TFFP; enter the details of a distinct combination of Subject, Faculty and Group mapped in the Timetable Template.
  • Now, if the user wants to divide the overall capacity in lower level further then define ‘Y’ to subdivide capacity and select the level from the drop-down in next column ‘Subdivide Capacity Level’.
  • Save and Upload it.
  • Download Subdivision Capacity Template from iON Web Installer from the following the path:
  • Go to iON Web Installer → Load CMS Data → Timetable Section → Subdivision Capacity Template.
  • It will bring the details of the subject, faculty, and group for whom subdivide capacity is ‘Y’.
  • Define the Capacity along with Student Timetable Group Code for the particular elective course.

Key Benefits: 

  • The user will be able to define the different capacity of electives courses for different Student Timetable Group.
  • This will help the user to offer different cap for elective courses for different classes.
  • Currently, a subdivision of capacity has been offered at Student Timetable Group level only.

 

2.  The scope of Registration Status in Student Timetable Header

Description: We have provided the feature to define the registration in the scope of Student Timetable Header itself. Now onwards, the user has to define the registration status in the scope of Student Timetable Template Header instead of defining registration status in Manage timetable Screen.

  • Go to Digital Campus –> Timetable Settings –> Student Timetable Template
  • Search and Select the appropriate Header.
  • Edit it and define the different registration configuration for different registrations batch-session.
  • The user can also define registration configuration for every registration batch-session at the time of defining scope in Student Timetable Template Header.
  • Configuration logic:
  • If the opening and closing date are entered: Registration remains ‘Open’ for the student if current date lies in between opening and closing date, else it will be closed irrespective of registration status.
  • If only the opening date entered: Registration will open after the opening date.
  • If only closing date entered: Registration will close after closing date whereas remaining open before the closing date.
  • NOTE: In all the above cases registration status will have no role.
  • If NO dates are entered: Student registration will read as per registration status present in the scope

Key Benefits:

  • This will allow the user to define different configuration/date of registration for different registration batch-session.
  • This functionality will benefit in the case of future semester subject registrations.
  • Now, if the user only wants to open registration for the particular semester but remain close for others semester and vice-versa.
  • It will also save the time and effort of the user while navigating multiple screens.

 

3. Parent-Child Room Concept in Timetable

 Description: We have provided the feature to define the Parent Room in Room Master. It will allow the user to use merge multiple rooms as single which can be used in room mapping at timetable slots.

  • Go to Digital Campus –> Timetable Settings –> Room Type.
    • The user will create the different room type to distinguish between child and parent room like Lecture and Merged Lecture Type.
  • Generate Room with each room types.
  • Map the Parent Room in their child room master.
  • Forex. Room1 is parent room with room type as ‘Merged Lecture’ where Room1A and Room1B are child room with room type as ‘Lecture Room’. Room1 should map as Parent Room in both these rooms.
  • The logic for Room Concurrency:
  • Case A: Checking Room Concurrency of Parent Rooms.
  • Always check for Parent Room as well as all child rooms concurrency while scheduling parent rooms in any slot.
  • Case B: Checking Room Concurrency of Child Rooms.
  • Always check for Parent Room as well as only the particular child room concurrency while scheduling respective child room in any slot.
  • Refer below example for better clarity:
  • Now, if the user wants to schedule classes in “Room 1” i.e. Parent Room then the system should check for concurrency of all three rooms Room1, Room 1A, and Room 1B. Since Room 1A and Room 1B are derived from Room1 only. (Concurrency of Parent Room as well as its Child rooms)
  • Whereas while scheduling classes in “Room1A” i.e. Child Room then the system should only check for concurrency of Room1 and Room1A only. Since there is no direct relation between Room1A and Room1B. (Concurrency of Parent Room and particular Child Room only)

Key Benefits: 

  • This will allow the user to merge multiple rooms as Single Room.
  • This functionality will benefit in the case of merge rooms where multiple rooms are combined together as one for scheduling class of larger strength.
  • Now, if the user wants to use single rooms as two separate rooms by using some partition for proper utilization of space then the user can define child rooms of a particular parent room.

 

4. iDC invoice document sequence integration with MFG

Description: A flag has been provided in ‘Fee > Setting > Default Setup > Use document sequence for invoices’ which will enable users to generate invoices with customized invoice document sequence as defined in Manufacturing solution. In case this is not defined, the earlier logic of default invoice sequence generation as ‘EDU-XXXXXX’ will be followed.

  • Go to Fee > Setting Default Setup and enable flag for ‘Use document sequence for invoices’ to enable invoice document sequence configured in MFG. In case this is not enabled earlier approach of invoice creation will be followed EDU-XXXXXX format.
  • Go to Manufacturing > Masters > Transaction Categories and create transaction categories as per requirement. Transaction category code and description must be as below-
  1. a) TAXABLE – will be considered if any one of the feed head is of type taxable.
  2. b) NON TAXABLE – will be considered if all fee heads are of type non-taxable.
  • Go to Manufacturing > Masters > Document Sequence and define document sequence for Sales module with Sales invoice as a submodule, transaction categories as defined in Point 2 and site. If the flag in Point 1 is enabled then document sequence will be generated as per defined configuration. In addition, a validation will be provided during invoice generation in case Mfg configuration is not defined.

Key Benefits: 

  • Customers will be able to define customized invoice document sequence.
  • Site wise dependent and independent invoice sequence can be achieved. In case the customer has different centers within a state i.e.: for Maharashtra- Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur are three centers. Then we may have two cases for invoice generation.

2a) Invoice sequence must follow independent sequence i: e Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur will have individual sequence logic. i:e if we have the first invoice created at all three locations then based upon configuration we may have invoices sequence as MUM/1, PUN/1, and NAG/1 (invoices to be unique across the center).

2b) Invoice sequence are dependent i:e if we have the first invoice created at all three locations then based upon configuration we may have invoices sequence as MUM/1 for Mumbai, MUM/2 for Pune and MUM/3 for Nagpur. Here we will define configuration for all three sites, and map parent site as Mumbai in document sequence defined for Pune and Nagpur.

  • Defined setup will work for both fee and fine invoicing.
  • Invoices create form iDC and Mfg directly will follow the same document sequence as defined.

 

5. Faculty indication in Member Widget

 Description: A new icon (F) is introduced for faculty in member widget when live chat is enabled for the organization. Users can identify their faculty for that course batch and can connect with him. Initially, the only icon of administrator and moderator were visible in member widget. However, faculty status will be shown as online/offline.

Key benefits: Users can find faculty details for the course from member widget.

DIMENSiON July 2018 | Business Process Education

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Biz App

Get a quick access on Self Service link for admin users

Feature: Self Service Quick Link Enabled for Admin users

Description: Admin Users of the Organization can login using Self Service and access the Biz App via this new quick-link. Previously, a separate login URL had to be shared with users to access the Admin functionality of the Biz App. Now, this URL is no longer required. The Biz App can be directly accessed using the quick-link. This quick-link generation will be part of provisioning activity and will be available to every customer.

Key benefits:

  • Single Sign-On using Self Service– No separate URL required.

Available to every customer – Quick-link generation will be part of provisioning activity., Hence, no separate tickets or requests have to be raised for the same.

 

Easier way to design various reports as per requirement

Feature: New Business Category of Marks Review Biz App ODR provided corresponding to the Biz App.

Description: Reports can be generated using the New Business Category of Marks Review Biz App ODR corresponding to the Biz App. All the requests and corresponding data can be extracted from the RnC framework for this biz app via the Marks Review Biz App ODR. This Business category will be available to every customer as the configuration of this Business Category will be part of provisioning activity.

Key benefits:

  • Ease of data access and Analysis- Various reports can be designed as per the customer requirements.

Available to every customer- Configuration of Business Category for this Biz App will be part of provisioning activity., Hence, no separate tickets or requests have to be raised for the same.

 

Tracking of all the online transactions are now simpler

Feature: Notification on every Successful Online Payment Made Using the BizApp.

Description: Email and SMS notification can be sent on every successful online payment made via the bizapp. Admin User of the organization can enable the “Send Notification On Payment” in Settings Screen to leverage this feature.

 Key benefits:

  • The user will receive an email and SMS on every successful online payment.

Highlights of the month :

Feature: Sync All Payments from Sync Transaction Screen

Description: All the payments yet to be synced to TCS iON Digital Campus can be synced in one go using this feature. Admin can click on the “Sync All” button in the Sync Transaction Screen to sync all the transactions back to TCS iON Digital Campus.

 Key benefits:

  • No need to sync payment one by one. All un-synced payments can be synced back to TCS iON Digital Campus in one go.

 

Feature: View Refunded, Success and Failed transactions.

Description: All transactions can be viewed from the Sync Transaction screen. New filter “Transaction Status” has been added in the sync transaction screen to view Success, Refunded and Failed Transactions.

 Key benefits:

  • Refunded, Failed and Success transactions can also be viewed in the Biz app using the Sync Transaction screen.