INSIDEtracc Changes

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

CGT is pleased to announce changes to INSIDEtracc effective Wednesday, February 9.

Package Codes on Nomination Import Spreadsheet

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has standardized the way package codes are interpreted when nominations are imported via the nomination spreadsheet or entered directly from the nomination screen in INSIDEtracc.

Previously, any character(s) entered into the package code field in a nomination spreadsheet were interpreted as a valid entry in the INSIDEtracc package code field, which is programmed as alphanumeric. This included blank spaces, symbols and the term "N/A" even though INSIDEtracc defaults the package code field within the nomination screen to "N/A". As a result, some nominations were mismatched.

To help eliminate mismatched nominations, CGT changed the way INSIDEtracc interprets the package code field for nominations. The following guidelines now apply to both the Nomination Import spreadsheet and the INSIDEtracc Nomination screen:

Entered Package Code: INSIDEtracc Interpretation:
N/A A "null"* value
A space or spaces A "null" value
(Nothing) A "null" value
Alpha, numeric or alphanumeric code A valid package code
Alpha, numeric or alphanumeric code with an embedded space or spaces A valid package code; embedded spaces are recognized
Alpha, numeric or alphanumeric with beginning or ending spaces A valid package code; beginning or ending spaces are ignored

* "Null" values are equivalent to nothing being entered into the field.

New Naming Convention for Reports

Customers can now run a report for different days, and each report will be saved with a unique name. Report names historically defaulted to a generic name and each report received the same name with a different version number. Running the same report consecutively for different dates resulted in all reports having the same date and data. The new naming convention consists of appending six characters (designating the time in hours, minutes and seconds that the report is run; i.e, HHMMSS) to the report name. This ensures that consecutively-run reports of one type do not overwrite one another.

As an example, to consecutively run 100 reports on a Monday morning for the previous weekend days, from within INSIDEtracc click on Navigate, Run Reports, INSIDEtracc Reports. In the parameter screen, fill in the required information.

The 100 report is saved to a default name of 100_Nom_Vol if a customized name is not used. To save the report to a customized name, type a name (up to eight characters in length) into the "Save Report As" field in the Report Parameters box. Default and customized report names are both appended with the new HHMMSS designation.

Once the required information is filled in for the first report, click the Run button. For the next report, enter a new date in the parameter box and again click Run.

Following on this example, running 100 reports with the names "Saturday" and "Sunday" produces one report named Saturday.071216, designating that the report was run at 07:12:16 hours, and a second report named Sunday.071354. The time stamp indicates the Sunday report was run one minute and thirty-eight seconds after the Saturday report.

If a unique name is not selected in the Report Parameters window, the Saturday report is named 100_Nom_Vol.071216. The Sunday report is named 100_Nom_Vol.071354, and does not overwrite the first report because of the HHMMSS appendage.

Reports will continue to be grouped by type under a main heading.

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