Featured User: Beth Grimm


Beth Grimm, is featured for her UBI use as well as her contributions to the UBI Community. She remarked that UBI’s speed is impressive and a huge initial win, in more ways than one:

“The new system is quick, but also, when I have encountered any problems, the response I get is very quick, too.”

Grimm, whose work involves in-depth reporting on grant balances and expenses, remembers a time a few years ago when she found a broken report in Discoverer:  she reported it, but heard nothing back.  When UBI came along and she ran the same report, there was still a glitch.  The difference that time was that once she reported it to the UBI team, “it was fixed within a week.”

Like her fellow featured user, Diane Wendelken, Grimm works with other users, helping usher along UBI and reporting in their departments

“I like people to be able to be independent and do their jobs well,” says Grimm.  “UBI has more potential than Discoverer ever did; it’s just a matter of people taking some time to learn.”

This come naturally to Grimm, as she puts it:

“Being helpful and encouraging is all part of what I do,” says Grimm.  “I’m happy to help.  We’re all learning, and we can all teach one another, too.”

Advice from Our Featured Users on Working with UBI:

  • Don’t wait until Discoverer goes away to start learning.  Get familiar with reports in UBI now – don’t procrastinate! 
  • Don’t be hesitant to try new things.  There’s lots of community support and people to help. 
  • Just get in the system and play with it, one report at a time, 15 minutes a day.