ESR Development Roadmap

We are now reaching the final phases of our Development Road Map for ESR.  During 2017 a significant amount of change was deployed into ESR, revolutionising the functionality and the user experience:

  • Improved User Interface and supporting changes to business processes for self-service and learning management users;
  • The introduction of a Reporting Strategy for ESR  - to support the move away from the Discoverer reporting tool;
  • Improved functionality for payroll professionals.

The Portal gateway

Back in March 2017 the NHS Team began working with NHS organisations to provision their access to the new Portal gateway into ESR. 

That phase of the Roadmap successfully completed at the end of September 20017, resulting in all NHS Organisations across England and Wales having access to the Portal gateway into ESR. Since completing the provisioning we have reported continued growth in both usage of the Portal and use of ESR Self Service.  

As we move into the final phases of the Roadmap, our NHS Account Managers and Functional Advisors will be working with NHS Organisations to help them plan and implement full ESR portal access to all employees in every NHS Organisation.

More information about the Portal and portlets is available in the My ESR section of our website.

New Reporting Strategy

In June last year we launched the new ESR Reporting Strategy, designed to bring a range of improvements to ESR Business Intelligence (BI).  The strategy not only details these improvements and additions to ESR BI but also supports our migration from Oracle Discoverer (following the withdrawal of Oracle support in June 2017).   

In the last year we have:

·        Embedded BI data into the ESR Portal;

·        Enabled access to BI reporting capability, for both managers and professional users, on mobile devices and via the internet through a controlled, two factor authentication process; 

·        Developed alerting and benchmarking capabilities.

Supporting a reliable and stable solution

Central to the strategy is the upgrading of the infrastructure that underpins the ESR BI service, ensuring it remains resilient, reduces any downtime and remains fit for purpose as the primary reporting service for ESR going forward.

Supporting the data needs of the NHS

With the large amount of data that is currently still available in Discoverer, users are particularly interested data in availability within ESR BI. The reporting strategy includes a comprehensive review of the Discoverer End User Layer (EUL) ensuring that comparable capability will exist in ESR BI to allow local reports to be replicated.  In addition, the strategy will deliver a more comprehensive suite of data items in a way that makes reporting across different subject areas easier; ensuring that the most wide ranging set of reports can be made available within ESR BI.  

Supporting the mobile workforce

NHS Managers and core users need accessible data beyond the confines of the desktop.  The strategy enables ESR BI over the internet, together with access via mobile devices such as tablets; this will improve the usability of BI and make access to data much quicker and easier.

The major changes outlined in the strategy for 2017 included:

  • New and updated subject areas
  • New functions such as alerting, scheduling and sharing with individual users
  • Replication of Discoverer reports into ESR BI
  • Mobile access
  • Access to ESR BI over the internet
  • Ability to combine ESR data with external data
  • Access to real time or near-real time data from ESR BI
  • Comprehensive Audit reporting

You can read more about the ESR Reporting functionality within the Your ESR section of our website.

Keep up to date

We regularly publish Roadmap Bulletins that provide our users with more detail about all of the planned enhancements for ESR.  The March 2018 edition of the Bulletin is available here.

The Reporting Strategy is summarised in a special Bulletin that you can read here