Back in December I was shown some of the really cool programming work that Jim Huff, San Joaquin COE Information Technology Director III has done for our project and I just had to share it. Jim, along with Randy Gibbs, IT Division Director and the rest of the IT staff are really an extraordinary crew. In addition to their normal duties and setting up and maintaining new equipment for this implementation, Jim has created some extremely helpful tools to assist their County Office and Disticts' staff in getting ready to go live in Escape this coming July.An example of this is a process that runs continually and upon request by identified district staff will email a report of missing and invalid HR / Payroll setup as well as a comparison of every employee's payroll amounts. The setup checker is checking for concerns like missing or invalid codes in Job Category/classes, benefit providers, deductions, contributions, positions and more. The Payroll comparison is comparing their current live payroll with payroll from the implementing Escape system for every employee in the district for gross pay, all subject grosses and net pay - all with a configurable difference amount to really get back just employee's that may have missing or incorrect setup in Escape. There is also a process that reports payroll errors every night so that they can see any errors immediately and get them cleaned up right away. These are really amazing tools for a payroll project and I believe save the entire team time looking for problems as well as making the stress and strain for the implementing staff just a little bit lighter. Jim is an example of the amazing assets that San Joaquin County has and an important part of our implementation team and I felt it important to share some of his great ideas!