Smaller Towns Get Smarter

Mitchell Humphrey & Co. recently found an article on Govtech.com entitled, “Smaller Towns Get Smarter”.  Better technology for data analysis and visualization fuels Main Street’s move to evidence-based decision-making.  <<Read article

 

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The Story Behind Connecticut’s Dramatic IT Improvement

Mitchell Humphrey & Co. recently found a video on GovTech.com entitled, “The Story Behind Connecticut’s Dramatic IT Improvement”.  State CIO Mark Raymond describes project funding and business transformation efforts.  <<Read article

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Senate Joins House in Repealing 3% Withholding Law

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On November 10, the U.S. Senate passed legislation, H.R. 674, repealing the 3% Withholding Law, that was part of the 2005 Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act (TIPRA). The Senate’s version was amended, in a noncontroversial manner, and the amended legislation will need to be voted on again in the U.S. House of Representatives – likely sometime this week. The House passed the original bill in late October. Following the House’s ‘re’ passage of the bill, President Obama will sign the repeal legislation into law.

A Quick Way to Save Inquiry Plus Results to MS Excel

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  • Execute your Inquiry.
  • When the results are displayed on the Inquiry Results screen, click on the topmost, leftmost cell of the results to highlight all of the cells.  This will darken all of the cells.

  • Right-click and choose Copy.
  • Open MS Excel and start a new file.
  • Click in the spreadsheet where you want to insert your data from the inquiry, then right-click and choose Paste.

Now you have your inquiry results in a spreadsheet!

Manchester Embraces The Cloud with FastTrackGov® Government/Citizen Software

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New Jersey’s Manchester Township has decided to go green by moving forward with Mitchell Humphrey’s FastTrackGov Cloud-Based Citizen/Government Software Portal.

FastTrackGov is a suite of products designed specifically for government and intended to facilitate communication between government and their constituents.  It provides for a completely integrated organization and can be used by county governments, municipal governments, government agencies, special districts, and taxing authorities.  Citizens can apply for a new business license, request an inspection, complain about a pothole, or pay their fees online.  FastTrackGov and the FTG Connect® Citizen Portal are easy tools for citizens to use to communicate with their local government.

Making the decision to go green wasn’t difficult for the Manchester Township.  As an Ocean County community, Manchester had made their decision to use FastTrackGov’s Cloud-Based Citizen Portal after reaching a record high population of 43,070 citizens in 2010.  “Our community is steadily growing, and we must grow with it,” stated Mike Martin, Construction Official for Manchester Township.

Today, retirement communities comprise more than 80% of all residential units.  This has led them to be one of the fastest growing townships in the entire state of New Jersey.  “Even though the majority of our citizens have primary residency in Manchester, there are several individuals and family members who work and live out of state or overseas, leaving a high demand for online communication,” stated Martin.  “Having access to the FTG Connect® web portal 24/7/365 is an incredible resource for them and for us.”

With the anticipation for further growth and knowing that nearly all households have computers, Manchester decided they needed an easier way for citizens to directly connect to their government.  “Having worked with Manchester since 1998, I’m very excited to see their township go green.  Mike Martin wears multiple hats and has a very knowledgeable technology-based background.  I knew he would be the first of our 190 clients to switch to CRM,” commented Nancy Brady, Account Executive of FastTrackGov’s Government Software Solutions.

Initially, the township was looking for a CRM system that integrated with their existing Microsoft framework.  This led them to FastTrackGov software, which allows them to consolidate and track information across departments while enhancing their ability to communicate with citizens.  “On-line payments and communication boards make it convenient for both citizens and their communities.  Think of it as a virtual city hall,” commented Kim Schaefer, President and Chief Operating Officer for Mitchell Humphrey.

Built on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM framework, FastTrackGov met all of their requirements.  The software also has allowed them to gain efficiencies, such as maintaining a comprehensive view of the citizen request and gaining the ability to continuously communicate with citizens throughout the process.  “Through this portal, our residents will be able to communicate with multiple departments online from their home computer, iPhone, or iPad.  It’s very user-friendly and will help increase our efficiency by eliminating phone and counter traffic for our staff,” stated Martin.

Manchester anticipates that the new software will help the merchants, landlords, and others affected by the economy.  It will allow citizens to apply for a business license or permit, food license, renew rental property registrations, review code enforcement cases, and submit complaints about street or property conditions or request copies of public records.  “Realtors can’t wait for the system to go live,” commented Darlene Garcia, Zoning Secretary for Manchester Township.

With efforts to embrace green initiatives, FastTrackGov will likely be the ultimate online influence connecting the Manchester Township community to its government.  “FastTrackGov has proven to be very reliable and consistent with meeting our needs and our community’s needs. We’re looking forward to all of the upgrades and are pleased that our citizens will be able to engage on-line without the Township incurring many overhead expenses,” commented Martin.

To learn more about the FTG® Connect Web Portal, visit http://mitchellhumphrey.portal.fasttrackgov.com

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About Mitchell Humphrey

Since 1977, Mitchell Humphrey has been providing software and services to clients in both the public and private sectors.  Today, clients across North America benefit from our solutions in citizen services, accounting, human resources/payroll, community development, and cashiering.

Learn more about Mitchell Humphrey by visiting our web sites at www.fasttrackgov.com and/or www.mitchellhumphrey.com.

Mitchell Humphrey Unveils Plans for FMS III and Release of FMS 2011 at Annual User Conference

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St. Louis, Missouri (October 25, 2011) – Mitchell Humphrey & Co., a provider of software solutions and services to the public sector for over 34 years, held their annual User Group conference in St. Louis in September.  Each year, at this conference, Mitchell Humphrey & Co. takes the opportunity to reveal new and exciting products and updates to clients and users.  Their conference began by opening with a discussion about the economy and how businesses and governmental organizations are adjusting to the new normal.

Known for their cutting-edge and innovative software solutions, Mitchell Humphrey & Co. took this opportunity to discuss their solutions and how they are helping clients as they find it necessary to do more with fewer resources. These topics included the upcoming November 2011 release of FMS 2011 and their future development plans for a new Financial Management System called FMS III.

Unveiling Plans for FMS III

At the 2011 User Group conference, Mitchell Humphrey announced that it has begun designing FMS III, a new generation of its Financial Management System (FMS II).  The FMS III solution will include all of the robust functionality of FMS II while focusing on simplicity for both power and casual users.

“Our focus is to make it easier for people to find a software solution flexible enough to meet even the most complex organizational requirements, but still easy to use and completely upgradable,” added Kim Schaefer, President and Chief Operating Officer for Mitchell Humphrey.

Mitchell Humphrey started its product design by creating an updated and familiar look to the tabs, sidebars, and the Ribbon directly relating to the Microsoft Office® user interface.  Through FMS III, users will immediately experience the comfort and ease of navigation identified in all of the new designs, functions, and features.  “It is important to add simplicity to each user’s experience and FMS III gives us that opportunity,” commented Schaefer.

Since FMS III is especially designed for organizations with both power and casual users, the new system design will include many enhancements to core functionality in areas like use tax and retainage set up, helping its users save time through better organization.  In addition, FMS III will offer newly enhanced functions and flexibility to recurring invoices, through accounts payable and receivable collections.

Plans to announce the first phase completion of FMS III are expected during the 2012 Users Group conference in Las Vegas.  Future plans for the system software include a SharePoint dashboard, alerts, detail transaction inquiry rewrites, a web-based query tool, and a web interface for distributed functions, such as budgets and purchasing.

Release of FMS 2011

During the 2011 Users Group conference, Mitchell Humphrey also announced plans to release FMS 2011 in November of this year.  The FMS 2011 solution benefits its users directly through bank reconciliation, new security maintenance, and secure attachment types.  The product increases system management capabilities to add out-of-date warnings to the user interface, the ability to configure DayStart to truncate and save error logs, and features a viewer to display the client software version.  With its heightened security and added simplicity, FMS 2011 provides an enhanced user experience while satisfying stringent technical support requirements.

In addition, Mitchell Humphrey has redesigned the FMS Exec module and enhanced ASK FMS.  The newly designed FMS Exec module provides easier and more secure access to importing and exporting data between FMS and Microsoft Excel.  The newly enhanced ASK FMS product includes new dashboards and allows users to store and run multiple reports at the same time on their desktops.

Users found that the MHUG 2011 conference seminars offered new resources and provided them with ways to be more effective.  Additionally, they were able to gain information and give valuable feedback on the release plans for both FMS 2011 and FMS III.

“The seminars at MHUG (Mitchell Humphrey User Group conference) were very valuable.  The City of Surprise sent six staff members to make sure all of the sessions were attended and the consensus was that these seminars definitely will help us with more efficient ways of conducting business,” said Art Urquidez, City of Surprise, Arizona.

Furthermore, the company reported on their success of offering Client Road Show visits, which have been used to demonstrate how clients can maximize the value of their investment in technology and to gather information for the FMS III project.  “The Road Show visit was exactly what we needed.  We found many things that will save us time and money.  Their visit made us aware of all the capabilities of FMS and we immediately worked with Mitchell Humphrey to implement some changes in how we process certain transactions,” noted Art Urquidez, City of Surprise, Arizona.

MHUG Enhances Client’s Knowledge

“My name is Tracy Morrison from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.  I am the Finance Director for one of our Veterans Care Centers.  I have been using FMS for four years now.  FMS allows us to seamlessly interface with our state-mandated system and is easy for our staff to use in their daily tasks. We have worked closely with several Mitchell Humphrey representatives to develop accrual basis financial reports which are required by nursing home regulations.  We are very pleased with the level of customer service we have received from a very knowledgeable Mitchell Humphrey staff.  We would recommend them to other entities that are looking for a more powerful software solution that is customizable for their individual needs.  The annual User Group meeting is a great way to meet other users to share best practices.”  Tracy Morrison, Finance Director, Virginia Department of Veterans Services

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Since 1977, Mitchell Humphrey has been providing software and services to clients in both the public and private sectors.  Today, clients across North America benefit from our solutions in citizen services, accounting, human resources/payroll, community development, and cashiering. Learn more about Mitchell Humphrey by visiting our web sites at www.mitchellhumphrey.com and/or www.fasttrackgov.com.

To schedule a free on-line demonstration or web-based learning session on the new features, visit www.mitchellhumphrey.com/schedule-a-demo. For more information about Mitchell Humphrey’s software solutions or to request a quote, visit www.mitchellhumphrey.com/get-information-now.

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Mitchell Humphrey Unveils Enhancements to FastTrackGov® Solutions with Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 2011

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St. Louis, Missouri (October 13, 2011)  –  Mitchell Humphrey, a provider of solutions and services to the public sector for over 34 years and a Microsoft® Silver Independent Software Vendor, launches FastTrackGov on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.  This upgrade to FastTrackGov enables many user interface functionalities and improvements within the newest version of CRM (Constituent Relationship Management).

FastTrackGov is a suite of products designed specifically for government and intended to facilitate communication between government and their constituents.  It provides for a completely integrated organization and can be used by county governments, municipal governments, government agencies, special districts, and taxing authorities.  Whether a citizen needs to apply for a new business license, request an inspection, complain about a pothole, or pay their fees, they can use FastTrackGov and the FTG Connect® Citizen Portal to easily communicate with their local government.

With the CRM 2011 product release in February 2011, Microsoft has introduced dialogs, built-in charting, and dashboard functionality. Within CRM 2011, Mitchell Humphrey has developed FastTrackGov using the newest technology, features and functions.  These features include the new Microsoft Office Ribbon® interface, detailed attachments, advanced field-level security and new audit capabilities.  FastTrackGov’s new Microsoft Office Ribbon UI provides a more exciting and logical way for users to discover features and functions – enhancing their overall performance.  In addition to FastTrackGov’s attachments capability, CRM 2011 provides document management integration into Microsoft SharePoint®.

With the delivery of high performance technology, Mitchell Humphrey offers an array of FastTrackGov services to meet the specific needs of each government organization and their citizens.  “The familiarity of CRM provides the best possible user experience for our FastTrackGov clients and their citizens.  Plus, we are able to offer them the choice of a traditional on-premise deployment or the agility and speed of the cloud,” stated Kim Schaefer, President and Chief Operating Officer for Mitchell Humphrey.

“Our partner, Mitchell Humphrey, has a long-standing reputation for delivering high-value, low cost, and cutting-edge software solutions to public sector organizations throughout North America,” said Amir Capriles, Senior Director for Microsoft Dynamics® CRM and ERP U.S. Public Sector.  “In choosing to develop their FastTrackGov solutions on our CRM 2011 platform, Mitchell Humphrey validates our strategy of offering a platform that enables our partners to easily design applications that meet the needs of specific markets.  Through our partnership with Mitchell Humphrey, we have been able to provide countless benefits to many government organizations.”

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About Mitchell Humphrey

Since 1977, Mitchell Humphrey has been providing software and services to clients in both the public and private sectors.  Today, clients across North America benefit from our solutions in citizen services, accounting, human resources/payroll, community development, and cashiering.

Learn more about Mitchell Humphrey by visiting our web sites at www.fasttrackgov.com and/or www.mitchellhumphrey.com.

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