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OCS rolls out in IRRI India Office

posted Apr 28, 2014, 8:25 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 28, 2014, 9:05 PM ]

One Corporate System (OCS) was introduced in the IRRI India Office in early April. 45 participants, including scientists and administrative staff, attended training. IRRI’s Corporate Service Manager Sonya McGuinness was the focal point. 

An OCS team from IRRI headquarters (Maria Liza Milante, Regina Armiendo, Marileth Agnes, Velinda Ilao and Hiram Gomez) conducted hands-on training of the HR modules, project management modules, finance module on general ledger, and procurement for partners in New Delhi,  Bubaneshwar (March 31- April 1), Odisha (April 3) and Hyderabad (April 4). 

Earlier this year in February, Luisa Urriza and Michelle Sison went to India to determine the requirements of IIO, to provide an overview and training on finance module with emphasis on General Ledger processes and to present the reports that can be generated particularly the Statement of Budget and Expenditures (SOBE) . Atul Singhal and Gopal Agarwal also visited IRRI headquarters from 31 March 31 to 4 April  for hands-on training on Finance related modules and processes.  

The roll-out received positive feedback from the participants. Dr. Takeshi Yamano, expressed his gratitude for finally being able to access essential financial, project and HR information easily. “I am no longer left outside of the IRRI administrative system. Instead of the former practice of sending out inquiries to the headquarters, I can access the system myself to find what I need. Thank you for setting up the OCS,” Dr. Yamano stated.

Most features available in OCS are now available to staff of the IRRI India office. “The system brings us up to the same platform, regardless of where we are posted. This seems fair to me, and I believe that many of our outposted colleagues will agree with me,” said Dr. Yamano. The roll-out in India is the first of the country offices OCS implementation. Plans to roll out OCS in Bangladesh, Burundi and Myanmar are underway. Russel Reinke (Korea) is now connected.