myReports FAQs

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Q. How do I get access to OBI?

A. You'll need to complete an Access Request Form and have your manager forward it to for processing. When your account has been created - usually within a couple of business days - you'll be automatically enrolled in an online OBI course in Moodle. You must complete this course within two weeks, or your account will be disabled until you have completed the course.

Q. OBI doesn't seem to be available. How can I find out when it will be back online?

A. The OBI server is normally taken offline every night from midnight to 6:00 a.m. and on the third Sunday of every month from 5:01 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. If you are experiencing an outage outside of these time slots, check the server maintenance schedule to see if the slot has changed, or check the ITS home page for additional outage information. If you would like to be notified by email when a system is going to be unavailable, you can subscribe to the Systat Google Group:

  1. Go to
  2. In the right-hand column, click "Join this group"
  3. Set your email preferences and click "Join this group" to confirm your membership

Q. I need to create a custom report. Is there a class to help me learn how to do this?

A. Yes, the Training & Professional Development Department offers regular OBI classes, one of which covers generating and customizing reports. Check out the current class schedule. submit a ticket online at the Technology Help Desk, or contact Jeff Williams.

Q. Can I include OBI data in my PowerPoint presentations?

A. Yes, OBI integrates directly with Microsoft Office applications, so if you have a standard presentation framework that just needs data updates, it's a snap to always have an up-to-date version. You can even publish live data to a website (although you'll need to be careful to keep published data anonymous and aggregated to avoid revealing protected information.

Q. I work with the Sponsored Programs Foundation. Can I still get access to OBI?

A. Yes, limited access is available if you're designated a Principal Investigator. Check out the Sponsored Programs Foundation page on the Training & Professional Development website.