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Completing a Bulk Data Template

Once you download the template you need for the bulk data upload, you must populate the required fields in the Excel template for each data record.  For a company template, the default required fields are Company Name, Company Group, and Status.  For a contract template, the default required fields are Company Name Lookup or Company Number Lookup, Contract Group, Legal Entity, Agreement Type, Contract Type, Term Type, Original Exp Date, and Status.  For an additional form template, the required fields will vary, so it is recommended that you populate all fields.

The column headings in the company template reflect the fields in the Company Profile screen, while those in the contract template reflect the fields in the Contract Profile screen, and are used to identify the data that is need for bulk uploading.  Similarly, the column headings in an additional form template reflect the fields in the additional form. 

Once the template is completed, you must then upload the company, contract, or additional form template to Novatus.

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In completing an Excel spreadsheet for bulk data loading, the information provided for each field type must be properly formatted to ensure a seamless import of your data. Novatus field types and their required formatting include:

  • Date field – ensure all dates follow the format as defined in the System Settings screen.  Options include Month/Day/Year, Day/Month/Year, and Year-Month-Day.
  • Combo list – ensure the information for this type of list exactly matches one of the selections in the field list, as defined in the List Administration screen
    • For example, the Company Type, Company Group, Status, Contract Type, Agreement Type, Contract Group, and Term Type fields are all combo lists.
  • Multi-Select list – ensure the information for this type of list exactly matches the selections in the field list, as defined in the List Administration screen, and the selections are separated by the forward-slash ( /  ) symbol, which serves as a field delimiter. 
    • For example, a Financials multi-select list was added as an additional field to the Company Profile and contains three types of financial statements (Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement).  If a company being added during the bulk data upload has provided all three types of financial statements, you would enter Income Statement / Balance Sheet / Cash Flow Statement in the Excel cell for the Financials field.
  • Tree field – ensure the information for this field exactly matches the selections in the hierarchy, as defined in the List Administration screen, and the selections are separated by the forward-slash ( /  ) symbol, which serves as a field delimiter. 
    • For example, a hierarchy for licenses has been set up for the Contract Type field in the Contract Profile, which includes License as the primary contract type and Software and Real Estate as secondary types. If a contract being added during the bulk data upload is a software license, you would enter License / Software in the Excel cell for the Contract Type field. 
  • Phone Number field – use one of the acceptable formats: XXX-XXX-XXXX (407-745-3030) or (XXX) XXX-XXXX ((407) 745-3030).
  • Currency field – do not use the currency symbol ($) or commas (1,000) when entering values since Novatus automatically adds these for you.  For a dollar amount, you can add number with decimals (1350.45) or a number without decimals (1350) and Novatus will automatically append the currency value with the default number of decimals (1350.00).
  • Number field – ensure all whole numbers and numbers with decimal places follow the format as defined in the System Settings screen.  Options include the American format [0,000.00] and the International format [0.000,00].
  • Person fieldensure the person’s name follows the Novatus format of Last Name, First Name.
  • Linked Combo and Linked Multi-Select lists – formatting is the same as the Combo list and the Multi-Select list.
  • Hyperlink field – enter a website URL using the standard format (www.novatusinc.com) or an email address.