Stephanie, one of our GIS Technician IIs, is currently putting the finishing touches to Reeves County’s GIS data after a year of dedicated work. This time last year, Reeves’ data was out-of-date and Stephanie has amended the original data using a combination of DGN data, aerial photography, and legal descriptions for each property in order to restore each layer. She has corrected parcel, road, abstracts, lot lines, and city limit layers to where they are representing the correct boundaries.
Currently, the BIS GIS team is working closely with Reeves County Appraisal District for the “post production clean up” stage. The team has created a grid index and map book for the County Appraisal District to research unmapped accounts and submit corrections. The project is nearing completion and once the mapping data has been finalized, Reeves County will be compliant with the state requirements to maintain an up-to-date map accessible for the public, which is stored as a shapefile. There are several benefits of completing the project over and above complying with the legislation. Maps stored as shapefiles are easily manipulated and queried in sophisticated ways to produce reports and information much quicker and efficiently than before.
BIS Consulting is pleased to announce the launch of a new tax invoicing system, built and customized for the Comal County WORD (Water Oriented Recreation District). The new system has the ability to handle either monthly or quarterly sales, whereby a business is able to input their business type, line details, and of course, sales for items such as dry boat storage, rafting tour guides and similar. The website calculates the taxes owed. For a business with no sales, owners or accountants can input a zero balance, allowing you to report no sales rather than appearing as delinquent. Additionally, the website will generate a tax statement, if necessary. This can be printed for record keeping. In order to pay the tax, a business can either mail in the payment or pay online. The ability to pay online is provided by our business partner, Certified Payments. Since 1992, they have been an industry leader in providing highly secured government agency payments online.
In addition to the website, the BIS Consulting custom application also includes a management console that is able to track payments made and display those businesses having paid their taxes. The console also allows Comal County to add or remove businesses, revoke permits if the taxes are not paid, and track the status of existing permits. The county is expecting the new system to dramatically streamline the process of businesses filing their sales and calculating their tax bills. The website and application will be going live on January 1, 2017.
Do you need a similar customized application setting up on your website? If so, please contact BIS Consulting at 800-247-9045 or email us at email@example.com.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?