New Heights in Financial Reporting for Businesses and Government

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Mitchell Humphrey & Co., a provider of software solutions and services to the public sector for over 34 years, has recently announced the release of ASK FMS 2011. ASK FMS 2011 is a cutting edge computer software reporting tool for business and government financial management. It is directly designed to generate reports by automatically linking related tables within document systems such as Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivables, Purchase Orders, Inventory, and Fixed Assets.

Mitchell Humphrey’s ASK FMS 2011 has several built-in features to make reporting easier than ever and is now supported on Windows 7. The tool allows casual users to write their own reports without requiring IT assistance or assistance from Mitchell Humphrey.

ASK FMS 2011 saves businesses and governments time and money because it can generate a written report within ten minutes verses several hours using Crystal Reports or built-in report writer tools. In addition, ASK FMS has all tables linked so the end-user does not have to build links to tables they wish to report on like they would with Crystal Reports.

Users can define their own templates and dashboards through a set of Chart Reports displayed on their desktop. In addition, multiple users can run multiple reports via their desktops, with real-time data at the exact same time and all frequently used reports can be created as desktop shortcuts. Many say the best features are the calculated fields, scheduling of reports, and effortless export to MS Excel, MS Word, and PDF. This easy-to-use tool allows users to create formulas, pull percentage totals, and output numeric values rather than text.

“ASK FMS 2011 has been a tremendous resource for us. It allows end-users to create their own reports and reduces the workload of our IT technical staff. We really like the formula feature because it allows us to create calculated fields based on existing fields from the tables in our FMS database. These calculated fields are also available in any additional reports that we create accessing the table we created the calculated fields from,” explained Mike McLellan, Senior IS Financial Analyst at the City of Winston-Salem.

“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 would recommend Mitchell Humphrey to other entities that are looking for a more powerful software solution that is customizable for their individual needs,” stated Tracy Morrison, Finance Director of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.

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About Mitchell Humphrey
Since 1977, Mitchell Humphrey has been providing computer software and services to clients in both the public and private sectors. Their complete line of software products are completely designed and supported by their own team of CPAs, business specialists, and IT professionals. Today, clients across North America benefit from our solutions in citizen services, accounting, financial management, human resources/payroll, community development, and cashiering. Learn more about Mitchell Humphrey by visiting their web sites at http://www.mitchellhumphrey.com and/or http://www.fasttrackgov.com.

Schedule a complimentary on-line demonstration or web-based learning session on the new features of ASK FMS 2011 or find out more information about Mitchell Humphrey’s software solutions by requesting a quote.

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.

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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Trade Show Update

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Mitchell Humphrey recently participated in the 97th Annual ICMA (International City/County Management Association) Conference & Exposition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Approximately 3,000 participants attended sessions on the “new” normal – creating a technological environment for communities to begin easily interacting with their citizens.

The ICMA Conference was an avenue for city and county officials to learn more about streamlining citizen requests through a web portal.  This tool allows a citizen to log a complaint on-line about anything from an abandoned house where the grass has not been mowed to graffiti in the park.  The city automates the request in the back-end as it is routed to the proper official and updates are made within minutes, not days.  Citizens can then receive updates by visiting the portal.

Another great technology showcased was the ability to conduct on-line surveys to determine the popularity of an idea.  In addition to the traditional approach of citizens attending council meetings or town halls to present a request, officials were encouraged to consider offering communication boards.  This has shown to be a great way to enhance meetings or to find interested citizens for an effective on-line committee.  Participants were reminded that having information from more of their constituents would make it easier to make good, informed decisions.

ICMA was a perfect venue for Mitchell Humphrey.  We introduced FastTrackGov® to city managers and administrators.  This solution helps government organizations use technology to better connect with and serve their constituents.  The FTG Connect® web portal allows cities to accept payments for licenses, permits, or other fees.  FastTrackGov allows a community to configure its applications to the city ordinances.  On-line messaging can be used to track conversations by both officials and citizens.  To learn more, visit www.fasttrackgov.com.

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Why are Erie County’s Taxpayers so Happy?

How would you like to start imagining yourself with more time, money and efficiency?  Better yet – can you see yourself ‘error proof’ and able to access valuable information at the drop of a dime?

Well, that is exactly what our 25 yearlong client, Erie County, did!

Erie County has discovered that giving the ‘green light’ to Go Green has saved their taxpayers money, improved public service and, overall, added time and value to their county efforts.  In the article, Erie County, Erie schools going green by saving paper and cash, written by Erie Times-News, the Erie School District saved almost 4 million sheets of paper and $22,000 in the last school year, just by discouraging unnecessary printing.  The county also plans to save around $6,000 a year on ledger paper alone, just by switching to eStatements.  These savings do not include the cost savings for printers, toner, ink, or the routinely average 200 page-long council agendas which are now viewed mainly electronically.

According to Reduce.org, the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year.  Multiply that by the number of employees you have, and can you see how going paperless could save your business money?

Switching over to eStatements also saves the county courts a significant amount of time, since banks automatically match cleared checks. And that’s not all.  Erie County has improved its public service by digitalizing court, property, and estate records to be accessed by the public, free of charge, at the courthouse.

You can decide if Going Paperless = More $$$ + Better Service.  Put that extra time and money toward more important things, because you, your company, your employees, and your citizens deserve it!

For more information about going paperless using Mitchell Humphrey software, call 1-800-237-0028 or visit us at www.mitchellhumphrey.com or www.fasttrackgov.com.  To learn more about our products and services, visit our online video today.

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Recovery from Financial Distress and Fiscal First Aid

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From Carolyn Lepretre:

FastTrackGov found an article posted on the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) website providing a reource for dealing with challenging times. Here you can learn about recovering from financial distress …  Read the Article.

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