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Volume 5 | Issue 1 | Version 3.3

Message from the Texas Computer Cooperative (TCC)

Happy summer from all of us at the Texas Computer Cooperative (TCC)! I certainly hope that each of you is getting to take a little break and indulge in a little fun. We do try to have some fun, but we're still working hard. Our Texas students mean the world to us.

Did you know that by using a TCC product like TxEIS you, too, are investing in Texas students. First of all, our Business and Student software is developed right here in Texas by Texans (no out-of-state outsourcing) for Texas students and staff. We are solely focused on the requirements of Texas schools, which is why we're the industry leader in TEA and TRS compliance.

Secondly, when you purchase a TCC product from your local service center, part of it stays right there at that service center to support the center's programs for the students of that region. With the TCC, you're truly shopping local!

So don't let your dollars go out of state -- use TxEIS and keep your money right here in the Lone Star state. Our students deserve every penny.


 

We at the TCC appreciate all that you do for our students and it is our pleasure to provide you with the tools that help you on a daily basis. We're sure you'll find some great functionality in the latest Release. Read on to find out more about it.

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TxEIS

System

TxEIS Release 3.3 brings some upgrades, the main one of which is the Wildfly 10 upgrade, which includes a bump up to Java 8. The upgrade means even more stability and security. It's always best to have the most up-to-date software, whether it's your bank app or smart watch firmware, so upgrade to TxEIS 3.3 today.

Business System

You can now create public templates in the Asset Management User Created Reports. That means that you can create that report that four different admins need to run without them having to recreate it each time. That's a time saver, for sure. And the reports will look the same every run (well, the data will be different, of course). Professionalism at its finest.

Improvement for invoice payments. We added two fields (Cash Account Obj and Sobj) on the Payments maintenance tab in Accounts Receivable. These new fields allow you to specify the cash account to be used when processing an invoice payment.

Apply Payment to Accounts Receivable

Great news! Most TEAM reports were restructured for better readability. Here are a couple of examples:

TEAM Report Restructure Example 1

TEAM Report Restructure Example 2

Student System

Attendance

The big changes here are in Attendance. Now when you go to the Maintenance menu and Student, you'll see a new option: Student Posting with Comments. It IS as exciting as it sounds. You can enter comments by student and period on ALL tabs. And there are a few other enhancements while we're at it.

See the promo video:

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Comments: Read and write comments for students from each of the posting tabs. When data spans multiple or all periods, you can write a comment once and apply it to those periods. (See the video below for how to post comments.)
Comments icon screen shot

Student schedules: View a student's schedule from any posting tab. Just click the calendar icon and voilà.
Schedules icon screen shot

Print Last Save button: View a list of the last 10 saved postings across tabs. That's right. Get your work done and then print what you need to all at once.
Print Last Save button screen shot

By Generic Program tab: Post absences by generic program! Did band have a field trip? Give them all the same absence here. And you can select all students across tracks and/or periods or per track and/or period. Basically there's a whole lot of flexibility built into this. (See the video below for more information about how to use the Generic Program tab.)
By Generic program tab screen shot

Combined tabs: By Date and By Date/Code have been combined into the By Date and Code tab. Pick a posting code for all students or select individual codes for each student.

Rearranged tabs: The tabs reflect a more common workflow for your convenience.
Rearranged attendance posting tabs screen shot

Attendance posting just got more powerful. Talk to your regional Education Service Center to find out more.

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Copy Attendance Calendar

Also in this Release is a new feature for Copy Attendance Calendar. Now you can edit Campus Options before you copy to the To Campus Tracks. The minutes no longer have to match between campus tracks (from and to campus tracks) and you can add new tracks.

Check out this short video for more information.

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Grade Reporting

Search for course-sections by period in Master Schedule > Campus Schedule. Another option to give you the flexibility you need.

Scheduling

Much like Grade Reporting, you can now search for course-sections by period. This is available in Master Schedule > Campus > Sections and Master Schedule Generator > Generate Campus Schedule > Sections.

State Reporting System

We're always updating the State Reporting system with mandates so you have the most accurate reporting tool you can possibly have. Trust TxEIS with federal and state mandate compliance. Made in Texas for Texas schools. 

TCC Data Center

Natural or human-made disasters. Hardware failures. Computer viruses. Power outages. Network vulnerabilities and failures. DISASTERS ARE EVERYWHERE.

That’s why we have TCC TxEIS Data Center hosting. You can have complete peace of mind with our state-of-the-art Data Center comprised of Dell and Cisco equipment. Our fully redundant design has automated disaster recovery failover from our facilities at ESC-11 in White Settlement and ESC-20 in San Antonio. We’re SSAE-16 SOC2 Type-1 certified and offer a comprehensive security solution with firewalls, security appliances, and switches. And you don’t need to worry about hardware upgrades. Over 200 LEAs running 1000’s of scheduled tasks a day are hosted with us. Become one of them!

Full TCC TxEIS Data Center hosting not only means your schools are running up-to-date software, it means your data is safe.

Bring in the Best

CareerPortal, Texas Computer Cooperative's latest addition, is an online job recruitment and applicant management application. Flexible, powerful, a breeze to administer, simple to navigate and a delight to use, both as a business and as an applicant, CareerPortal is fast becoming one of Texas's favorite job recruitment tool. For more information, contact your local Education Service Center or visit us online.

Matt Ulmer

Meet the TCC

Matt Ulmer

Quality Assurance Manager, TCC
ESC-20

Q. How long have you worked at the TCC?

A. 9+ years.

Q. What were one or two of your favorite projects?

  • The project I am most fond of is one I wrote for the CECC (California Educational Computer Consortium). We had a product called Financial 2000, and it needed an easy way to update itself, with the goal being to not bother administrators or users with having to apply updates themselves, and make the release process easier. To do this, I employed a simple dependency registry that a web-service (before they were cool) looked up each time the application launched, and then updated the individual files if an update was to be had for that file. The ease of use and subsequent time saved for both the user, admins and us at the CECC when releasing updates places that project at the top of my list. Oh ya, it had a progress bar also, ha!
  • As for a second favorite, it is the AutomatedTester application Pablo and I have created for automating the testing of the TCC products; software testing software. It is a QA tool that is used to make testing more efficient by eliminating repetitiveness in the quality assurance process. Beyond that, it is also the confluence of many modern application design and configuration practices that I hope to see utilized in upcoming projects when circumstances allow.

Q. What’s something you enjoy doing when you get home from work or on the weekends?

A. I have made the financial mistake of owning a pool in my backyard. To support that burden, I swim in it with my family as much as I can. You see, it makes me feel like I am getting value out of it. Heck, I have been able to teach my youngest to swim, and swim well (I think), so, this Summer’s cost is almost justified!

Q. Do you have any pets?

A. Two dogs, Dingo and Pica. They are both rescues from the Animal Defense League. One of them might be the best animal I have ever cared for, the other is great in her own way.

Current TxEIS Version: 3.3

  • Release Date: 6/29/18



Current txSuite Version: 2.14

  • Release Date: 3/26/18


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The Texas Computer Cooperative (TCC) is a cooperative of 19 Texas Education Service Centers (ESCs) serving 875 districts across the state and over 1.1 million Texas students. For over 45 years the TCC with the TxEIS and iTCCS systems has been the leader in delivering products and services that support Texas LEAs in managing student and business information. Going forward, the TCC will continue to enhance its suite of products, building on our success as the leader in the state in compliance and reporting, further empowering the LEAs to easily make informed decisions and engage stakeholders through powerful yet flexible tools and applications.

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