Helpful UNK Information Resources

Firefly is the University's on-line self-service enterprise portal that serves as your single access point to business related information.  within Firefly, instantly access ESS, My Staff and SAP from the same web-enabled work space.

Employee Self-Service (ESS) is a web application which allows employees to interact with their own SAP data, such as pay advices, addresses, and current benefits options. It is convenient and secure method for employees to get information without the hassle of forms or lines.  More information can be found at:

Sapphire is an employee support system dedicated to providing employees the information they need on a just-in-time basis. Information can be anything that assists users with completing his or her job, including SAP on-line help, business forms, reference guides, news articles, etc. Sapphire contains the following areas, tools, and links. To access, look for the Sapphire Home button located in SAP or access directly in ESS.

Sapphire Training Registration is a web site that lists upcoming professional development opportunities being held on the UNK campus. There are a variety of free, hands-on training sessions that are offered to faculty, staff and students.

SAP (Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing) is the administrative software for the University of Nebraska. Currently, the University has implemented the following modules: Financial Accounting (FI), Controlling (CO), Human Resources (HR), Materials Management (MM), and Project Systems (PS). An SAP ID can be requested through Sapphire.

SAP Navigation is a basic set of instructions on how to get around in SAP.

mynulook is a web interface to the University of Nebraska Data Warehouse “nulook”. While most financial information can be viewed in SAP, detailed budget information can only be found in mynulook. Contact your Dean or Vice Chancellor’s office or the Budget Office for access to mynulook.

Spot Checks are 45 minute information and review sessions held on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in Copeland 140. The sessions, which are sponsored by the Division of Business and Finance, cover a wide range of topics including SAP tips and tricks, business policy & procedures, refresher trainings for processes done only once or twice a year, vendor services, etc. To view a list of upcoming Spot Checks, see the Sapphire training registration.

Flashpoints is an electronic informational newsletter published by the Division of Business and Finance in an effort to reduce the number of e-mails sent by the Division and to consolidate the Division’s communications to the campus into one monthly e-mail.

Business & Finance Policy & Procedures is an online procedure manual designed to give departments a general overview of business processes on the UNK campus as well as detailed steps and forms needed to accomplish specific business tasks.

Business & Finance also communicates information on current events, special programs, important changes and procedures. The Division of Business & Finance is comprised of the Vice Chancellor’s Office, Business Services, Budget, Facilities Management and Planning, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing and Creative Services, Police and Parking Services as well as contracted providers UNK Dining Services and Antelope Bookstore.

ITS Helpdesk is a team of specialists that can make your experience with UNK technology as easy as possible. Assistance is available to employees and students for Outlook email, disk problems, password problems, Microsoft application support, operating system questions, and other computer-related issues. Many problems can be solved over the phone. If that is not possible, your problem is logged in a call-tracking database and assigned to an Information Technology Services specialist or technician. You can contact the Helpdesk at 865-8363 or by email at