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BIS TechCon 2016 – Schedule App is Here!


The BIS TechCon 2016 is based around “Be a Game Changer” and will be running from November 29 to December 2 in Frisco, Texas. You and your staff will be able to learn about the latest industry developments, from open carry laws for the office to updating your website. You will also be able to listen to special guest Chad Prather, Sterling Harris, and Luke Wade. To help you get the most from our TechCon, we are pleased to announce the release of our BIS Consulting Schedule App, built around providing attendees a personal, customized schedule for the entire conference.
 
The Schedule App also offers so much more! After signing into the application, class materials are instantly available, making it much easier to have information in hand. The Schedule App also integrates with your smartphone or tablet calendar applications and can also send you email reminders of when and where you need to be for the next talk. In addition, there is a complete directory of other attendees, sponsors, and the venue. The Schedule App will also connect to your social media accounts, which is great for getting to know the other attendees to help build your network of like-minded industry contacts.

From any device, simply go to: schedule.bisconsultants.com

 
The BIS TechCon Schedule App is available for all devices, including Android, iOS, and Windows. No downloading or installation required. If you are viewing this on your smartphone, tap below to take you to the app entry.
 

IT Solutions Summer Projects 2016

Over the last few months, we’ve been upgrading servers and infrastructure across the state. We have added four clients. In alphabetical order, Cooke County signed up for IT Maintenance including server support and backups. We replaced Hill County’s server and the new machine comes with IT Maintenance and Support. We also replaced the network infrastructure and upgraded the boardroom with audio-visual equipment. Navarro County is now enjoying our competitive email and website hosting services and Schleicher County is benefiting from our IT Maintenance and Automated Backup plans.
 
The IT team has also been busy working with our existing clients on three major projects. Delta County replaced their workstations and server, as did Rockwall County. Rockwall also took advantage of the planned downtime to upgrade their network infrastructure with a new rack, switches, and router for a faster, more reliable connection. Finally, Walker County also replaced their terminals and added Microsoft Office 365.
 
Throughout the summer and despite the busy schedule, the IT team have kept their smiles and can-do attitude! To learn more about our IT services and what they can do for you, you can visit our IT services website page or call us on 800-247-9045.
 

Game Changer Guest: Sterling Harris


BIS Consulting is proud to present Sterling Harris, formerly of the General Land Office, as a special guest at the 2016 TechCon. Born, raised and educated in Texas, Sterling retired in late 2015 after a long and successful career in the GIS industry, which seemingly started by accident during the 1980’s slowdown in the oil sector. At the time, Sterling worked for Clayton Williams and was involved in mapping the oil and gas pipelines, but moved to work for the State of Texas in the mid 1980s. In 1991, the GLO formed an Oil Spill Response Division, which required a GIS system.
 
Sterling was involved in this game changing project from the beginning and later became the GIS manager in 1999. The Oil Spill Response project required many disciplines ranging from technical mapping and oil industry expertise to obtaining grant funding; it collated geographic information such as environmental sensitivity. Disaster teams use this database for important information such as wildlife habits. This is just one of Sterling’s projects, which all have a common theme: making life easier for people. Sterling considers his greatest achievement to be in creating a usable GIS enterprise system, which is used today across multiple state departments.
 
Sterling tells us that the most rewarding part of working in the GIS industry has been the people behind the technologies and systems. Join us at the TechCon to hear more about his experience working permanently changing the industry for the better.
 

Why your office admin staff should attend BIS TechCon 2016


Our client’s offices contain many different experts in their fields, such as property tax professionals, appraisers, GIS technicians, IT technicians, and administrators. When it comes to supporting our clients, BIS Consulting recognizes it is important to support all parts of your office – this includes your team of professional administrators. This team supports everything from helping taxpayers and filing exemptions to answering the phone and updating your website. In short, they keep things running smoothly. BIS Consulting’s 2016 TechCon has the theme “Be a Game Changer” and this means including a number of sessions to help this vital part of your office. Sessions will include an Exemptions roundtable for an open discussion with peers and exemption specialists, an educational session regarding “open carry” in the office, and hands-on demonstrations of products. Demonstrations will include Windows 10 and the recently released Anniversary Update, as well as Microsoft Office 365.
 
Our classes will also include Game-Changing Customer Services, an introduction to some of the free tools available to streamline and improve processes. We will be paying particular attention in how to update your BIS-hosted website. Even if you are not able to receive CE credits or TACA credits, you can still receive the Customer Service class certificate for your M.A.P.S. reviewer. In short, the BIS 2016 TechCon will help your office team better understand how to deliver world-class customer service! For more information or to register for the TechCon, which will be from November 29 to December 2, 2016, in Frisco, Texas, follow this link.
 

Why your IT staff should attend BIS TechCon 2016


We live in an ever-changing world, where technology is advancing so quickly it’s difficult to keep up with developments. Technology today enables us to do more, in less time. However, it requires maintenance and investment. Our clients have devoted IT teams essential to keep things running smoothly but these teams also need to be kept in the loop. This is where BIS Consulting’s 2016 TechCon can help. This year, our theme is “Be a Game Changer” and we are teaching a number of classes designed for your IT department.
 
At our TechCon, your IT team will be able to sit and talk with trained professionals from Microsoft. We will be demonstrating and showcasing some of the key features and benefits of Windows 10, including the recently released Anniversary Update. We will also be covering Microsoft Office 365 and discussing some of the free tools and services available for IT teams to help maximize productivity and efficiency. In order to help keep your team up-to-date with ongoing developments in the industry, we will be talking about some new products currently under development and provide some insight into how we bring these projects from the drawing board to users in the field.
 
So why should you run the risk of letting your IT nerds leave the office and come to the BIS TechCon? Because you can’t afford to not keep your IT staff trained and up-to-date with the latest developments and technology. In turn, you will get the most from the rest of your office. Your team will have unlimited access to the knowledge these professionals carry with them from their years of experience. The BIS TechCon will be being held in Frisco, Texas, between November 29 to the December 2.
 

Why your GIS staff should attend BIS TechCon 2016


The BIS TechCon 2016 will be taking place from November 29 to December 2, 2016, in Frisco, Texas. This year our theme is “Be a Game Changer” and as part of our focus, we will be running a number of events geared toward GIS Technicians. GIS Technicians play a vital part in our industry: their skill-sets include digitizing maps, customizing and manipulating databases, and utilizing applications to suit the purpose. Our industry is constantly changing and evolving with new technologies and opportunities; part of our TechCon 2016 is devoted to empowering GIS Technicians to make the most of their role.
 
We will be demonstrating existing and new interactive mapping tools, as well as related products designed to maximize the efficiency of the GIS department. This will include showcasing best practice for submitting deeds, introducing new products to help the technicians get even more out of GIS, and how to maximize revenue through data analysis. We will also be holding a roundtable Q&A for all attending GIS Technicians, together with our own experts, where we expect a lively and intelligent discussion amongst like-minded peers. Your GIS team won’t want to miss this event! For more information, you can register here.
 

Game Changer Guest: Luke Wade


BIS TechCon 2016 will take place between November 29 through to December 2 at the Embassy Suites, Frisco, Dallas. We’ve already lined up a number of special guests for the conference and our latest guest was born and raised in Erath County, Texas. This individual comes from a talented family although in his childhood he nearly died from first meningitis and later severe heat stroke. A paintballing accident ruined a promising career as a dancer but unperturbed, our special guest instead turned to music. He, together with his band, released an album in 2010. Followed by another in early 2014. That same year, he made it to The Voice season 7 quarterfinals having been mentored by coach Pharrell Williams. In the summer of 2016, he is touring with Edwin McCain, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Kris Allen and Casey Abrams.
 
He is, of course, Luke Wade. The renowned soul singer from Dublin, Texas! Luke will be joining us at our closing session at the conference sharing a number of his favorite songs. You won’t want to miss this! For more information, you can call BIS Consulting on (800)247-9045 or visit our conference webpage at bisconsultants.com/techcon.
 

BIS Consulting Are At The 2016 TAAO & ICTA Conference

TAAO 2016 AD
BIS Consulting is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring the 2016 annual TAAO & ICTA Conference, considered to be the premier event for property tax professionals. For 2016, the event is being held at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas, from August 28 through to August 31. TAAO President Sidney Vela has set the dress standard to be casual. This year BIS Consulting is a Gold Sponsor for the event as well as exhibiting and sponsoring the Scheduler App. Attendees will be able to keep track of their custom schedule in what is set to be the biggest and best TAAO and ICTA conference yet.

BIS Consulting will also be showcasing our industry-trusted portfolio of products in Booth 305, including our IT knowledge, GIS expertise, and website hosting. There is plenty of time in the schedule between the social, competitions, and of course, accredited business classes to pay us a visit and meet some of the BIS team. Why not drop by, say hello and talk to us about how we can help you and your appraisal district?

BIS is proud to sponsor and provide the TAAO & ICTA Conference App

BIS sponsors and provides 2016 TAAO & ICTA Conference App
BIS Consulting is proud to sponsor the 2016’s TAAO & ICTA Annual Conference Schedule App as well as participate in a Gold Sponsorship for the overall event. The TAAO & ICTA Conference will be taking place at the Moody Garden Hotel in Galveston, Texas from August 28 to 31. Our Schedule App is designed to give attendees a personalized schedule for the conference but it can do so much more! Once an attendee signs into the application, he or she benefits from access to class materials. The schedule app has the ability to integrate with your smartphone’s built-in calendar, and may also send you email reminders detailing when and where you need to be. The app also contains an attendee, sponsor and venue directory with full integration to your social networks, which means it’s easy to see who you know is at the conference – and build connections with attendees you are yet to meet.
 
The Schedule App is available free of charge for both Android and iPhone platforms with no download or installation required:

From any mobile device, go to taao.bisconsultants.com

To view the schedule from a desktop, go to bisconsultant.com/taao. And if you’re at the TAAO & ICTA Conference, why not drop in to see us at Booth 305? We hope to see you there!

BIS Consulting Welcomes Van Zandt County Appraisal District


BIS Consulting is pleased to give a very warm welcome to Van Zandt CAD, who have joined our family. Van Zandt County is known as the Gateway to East Texas, because of its varied landscape. It is also known as the Free State of Van Zandt and there are a number of different opinions why this is! Van Zandt is located in the north east of Texas and the seat is Canton. Van Zandt borders six counties and has a population of approximately 53,000 spread over 843 square miles.
 
Van Zandt will be using our Website Hosting, Property Search, and GIS Interactive Map services. You can check out their website here http://vzcad.org/, designed to be easy to navigate for both taxpayers and homeowners. The website is compatible with both mobile and desktop browsers and of course, ensures the CAD remains compliant with state requirements.

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