Happy New Year 2017: BIS Consulting 2016 in Review
The New Year can be a time for quiet reflection upon the previous twelve months with a view to looking at the coming year. Much like 2015, 2016 was a busy year for BIS Consulting. Let’s take a look…
In March of 2016, the GIS team completed a database clean-up operation, the culmination of many hours of work. The operation removed over fifty thousand errors from over thirty counties in the database, which made the maps look better and improved the reliability and performance of working with the mapping data and queries.
In April, BIS Consulting introduced a temporary new British manager who gave the existing joint Chief Executives, Britt Martin and Brandon Kay, “the heave ho.” Plans for BIS Consulting included insisting drivers use the left side of the street, “sidewalks” be renamed as “pavements” and at least two “roundabouts” (traffic circles) installed in the vicinity of the office. Fortunately, the management change was an April Fool’s joke. Gotcha!
2016 was a busy year for conferences. The team attended or supported the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts Annual Conference (TAAD), the 82nd Tax Assessor-Collectors Association Conference (TACA), the TAAO & ICTA Annual Conference, and the 26th Annual SCAUG. We also attended and sponsored the Texas Rural Chief Appraisers Conference (TRCA) where, Britt Martin and Brandon Kay, were awarded the Troy Sloan Good Neighbor Award. Rounding off the year, we held our very own TechCon, which ran at the end of November to early December. For the TechCon 2016, we had a number of special guests, including Sterling Harris, Chad Prather, and Luke Wade.
In October, we unveiled our new website theme, which our development and marketing teams had been working on for some considerable time. Not only does the new theme look beautiful, but is now fully compatible on smartphones and tablets as well as laptops and desktop computers. We will be beginning the new website theme migration process in the second quarter of 2017.
Of course, the BIS team has been busy working for and with our clients! During the year, we have replaced old servers and infrastructure across the state with new equipment, as well as welcoming Cooke County, Navarro County, Schleicher County, and Van Zandt County, plus many others, to our family!