At its simplest, InfoPorte is a Web portal developed at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy that gives users personalized access to the tools and information they need to do their jobs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It relieves faculty and administrative staff of any need to learn complex University systems or create shadow systems and work-arounds in order to get the routine information needed to manage funds and complete administrative tasks on a day-to-day basis.
The major benefit of InfoPorte is its ability to get around the incomprehensible, complex, unrelated, and inconsistent systems of the University. Users no longer have to find (or be) an old pro with the esoteric knowledge and long experience required to decipher the mysteries of these systems.
InfoPorte is an integrated system that continually exchanges data with University systems. It does not replace them. Instead it serves as a translator or buffer between the users and the complex, aging, stand-alone accounting, procurement, and human-resources systems used by the University. InfoPorte extracts data from various systems, correlates it, and tailors it to the user. It lets users enter transactions and transmits the data to UNC systems. It is particularly useful to executives, principal investigators, and administrators who have research funding as a component of their responsibilities.
InfoPorte combines information, features, and applications in a sleek, usable, attractive, and intuitive package that provides a habit-forming user experience. It puts users in control of their own finances, human resources, purchases, and expenditures. It does away with the need for recurring involvement of accounting and HR staff just to execute routine decisions. It provides the right information at the right place at the right time to simplify the work environment and minimize any mistakes in judgment, transcription, or execution. It also minimizes the routine hassles involved in doing something over, making adjustments, and correcting errors.
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