Friday Feature - 1-2-3 SACS Validation

Sometimes features in Escape Online are so long-established, you forget how amazing they are. I have been with Escape for over 18 years and I learned on DAY 1 that we support SACS validation with an easy import of the State files. What an amazing feature! And, it only takes three steps to complete.


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A quick reminder. The California Department of Education defines the validation tables for Standardized Account Code Structure (SACS) and Escape Online uses those tables to validate account numbers. For example, when a user creates an account, the software checks the tables to ensure that the component combination is valid.

  1. Download the files from the State onto your network.

  2. Go to the Finance-Processes-SACS Validation Import activity.

  3. Click Go to import the files and load them into the software so that you have all of the funds, functions, goals, resources, objects and valid combinations that the State has defined!

That’s it. Seriously. You’re done.

Now, that’s unforgettable!

BE2018 - Employee Online Portal Has the Information

With over 13,000 users, the Employee Online Portal has changed the way HR, supervisors and employees track their employment. There has been non-stop buzz among Escape users. What is it? How does it work? Get all your answers at this year's user conference (register now!). 

The Employee Online Portal session is designed for everyone. Jennifer Escamilla and Tanya Karalets, portal experts, will show you how employees enter timesheets and make demographic changes. How supervisors review and approve timesheets. And, how managers can send documents to employees for review and acknowledgement.

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If you already use the portal or just want to know more, this user conference and this session is designed just for you! For more information about sessions, visit our Beyond Escape User Conference Sessions page.

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TWEET THIS: I'm going to the Beyond Escape User Conference! @escapetechno

Escape Plays for a Cause

Last month, a group of Escape staff, friends and spouses participated in the Sierra College Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Escape Technology employees have come out to support Sierra College's golf teams at the tournament for the last 7 years.  We’re proud to support the Wolverines, who are powerhouses in golf, and we look forward to seeing both men's and women's golf teams capture more titles in the future.

 Pictured above from left to right: Troy Kenney, Mike Long, Annah Sutherland, Susan Dickinson, JR Kenney, Lora Sutherland, Steve Randall, Chad Guest and Jennifer Escamilla.

Pictured above from left to right: Troy Kenney, Mike Long, Annah Sutherland, Susan Dickinson, JR Kenney, Lora Sutherland, Steve Randall, Chad Guest and Jennifer Escamilla.

Revised Budget Webinar Follow-up

I love sharing tips on Interim budgeting. The webinar was full of ways to ease the Interim Budgeting season! Who doesn’t love that? I know, I sure do.

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During the Revised Budget Webinar, we walked through creating a revised budget model for the 2019 fiscal year, as well as a multi-year budget model (3 years) with different scenarios. The webinar was a full of tips and suggestions for helping you with the Interim reporting.

Amanda Erwin, Escape Technology Software Support Analyst, did an amazing job answering all of our budget questions during the live broadcast. 

We tried something new this time… We added homework to help you retain what you learned. Don’t feel left out! You can watch the video under Online Resources and still do the follow-up homework.

Homework from the 2018 Revised Budget Webinar:

  • Update Escape Online 5 with current SACS Validation Tables.

  • Read the Friday Feature, which will be all about reviewing Benefits in a budget line item. Check it out!

  • Sign up for the v18.03 Release Review to see the new Budget Entry searching changes.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the 2018 Beyond Escape User Conference in October. Let me know how you like the new webinar format and follow-up homework.

See you there!

El Nino in the Middle of Summer

We take disaster recovery seriously, so every year we practice having an El Nino disaster. Without getting into the nitty gritty details, we go full bore. Employees are alerted, with little notification, that a "disaster" has occurred and that they are to follow the El Nino protocol.

 Mike Long and Shiven Chand of ETS taking the El Nino drill seriously.

Mike Long and Shiven Chand of ETS taking the El Nino drill seriously.

Our Escape Technical Services (ETS) team runs the drill and monitors the outcome, reporting any issues and developing new protocols based on the results. 

Our goal is to ensure the security of data, the safety of our employees and the continued excellent uninterrupted service for our customers.

While disaster preparedness is always serious business, we like to have a little fun, too, because El Nino is always more fun when the sun is shining.