Administrative and Business Systems

IBM Cognos (Business Intelligence)

Cognos is a web-based suite of tools from IBM that offers a full range of business intelligence capabilities including reports, dashboards, and self-service queries for various USC functional areas such as research (TARA), financial accounting, payroll accounting, budget construction, and procurement and payments.

Identity and Access Management Services

Identity and Access Management (IAM) facilitates timely, accurate, and secure access to electronic services for all members of the university community.

Kuali Financial System (KFS)

The Kuali Financial System and Kuali Enterprise Workflow consist of a range of applications, including USC eMarket and the supplier portal, the capital asset management system, cashiering, procurement card reallocation, journal vouchers, course scheduling, gift processing, and financial aid accounts.

Student Information System (SIS)

The Student Information System (SIS) manages a range of information about USC students for the duration of their time at USC, including admission status, registration information, financial aid information, and financial transactions with USC.

Tableau (Business Intelligence)

Tableau is a business intelligence and data analysis platform that helps people to quickly visualize and understand data through workbooks, dashboards, and stories.

Total Access for Research Administration (TARA)

TARA is USC’s “Total Access for Research Administration” system, supporting management of research awards, proposals, core laboratories, and regulatory protocols.


Workday modernizes and improves the way USC delivers key human resources, benefits, payroll, and performance management services to staff and faculty.