A Tools Release upgrade was completed the evening of June 13th. Tools Releases typically enhance the usability and user interface within the JDE software, and this one included many advancements. Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 8 are now both supported. An iPad app for JDE is now available, and this utilizes much of the native iPad functionality, including the ability to take a picture and automatically attach it to a selected record in the database. A great example of this would be selecting an employee record in the Employee Master, activating the iPad camera, and taking the employee’s picture. This will save the picture as an attachment in the Employee Master, thereby making it available to anyone with access to this application. Other changes to come include the Change Confirmation Feature, and potentially activating the UDC Dropdown Feature (this will be activated on a trial basis in the test environments). The LOGIS JDE Support staff will begin developing E1 Pages – menus and / or work process flow can be converted to a more logical (and easier to navigate) “flow chart” layout. Stayed tuned for changes to come!!
In February, LOGIS completed an upgrade of Insight Software, the real-time reporting tool that smoothly integrates with JDE and greatly improves the speed and flexibility of user defined inquiries and reporting by pulling information directly from the database. Some new functionality includes:
Stop query: Users now have the ability to stop a query while it is running by clicking the Stop button.
Open-ended date range filters: for either the “from” or “to” date. (This is for date-specific filters, not period ranges.)
EnterpriseOne 9.1 Compatibility: Accessibility for all new fields introduced in EnterpriseOne V9.1 tables.
Insight Scheduler is now available. This allows reports to be delivered via email (in PDF and/or Excel format) to anyone, including individuals that do not have an Insight license.
New templates have been added, including Master Data.
All regular Insight users now have access to the Configurator functionality.
Single Sign On has been activated. This means users no longer are prompted to sign into Insight Software when launched from their regular workstation.
…and more! The JDE team has also created new custom templates for frequently used reports and made these available to all appropriate JDE users. To complete this round of updates, LOGIS held both Beginning and Advanced training for JDE Finance and HRPR users. These were well attended, and we were lucky enough to have a representative from Insight come to our office to walk us all through some of the newer features during the Advanced trainings. So far, we have received great feedback that Insight Software truly makes JDE reporting faster than a rocket!
LOGIS and Active Network will present a “Lunch and Learn: Migrating from CLASS to ActiveNet” seminar on Wednesday, June 19. We will discuss how Active is responding to the industry’s need for flexible technology solutions that can increase activity and participation management. We will be discussing Active’s decision to develop cloud based solutions, the product ActiveNet, and what that means specifically for our Class customers.
Contact Paul Norton at LOGIS to register or get more information.
Now that the Valuation Notices have been sent to all property owners and Local Board of Appeals are over, the assessors can close out the year and start the whole process over again. Value year 2014 has been created in the Property Data System (PDS) by all six assessing members. Now the work begins as they work on adjusting property values for the next tax year to come up with the market value.
Tired of the rain and cool temperatures? The calendar says we are nearly to the first day of summer!
Incredibly enough, July 1 marks the beginning of the Fall 2013 Utility Billing Certification Process. Our cities follow their own business timetable regarding their actual certification steps, and because of the many elements involved it takes almost a full six months for our total membership to complete the Fall process.
The Utility Billing Certification process prepares past due utility bill amounts for assessment against property owner real estate taxes. All of the LOGIS utility billing membership (except Hutchinson Utilities, which bills gas and electric) certify past due utility bill amounts to property taxes. The majority of our members certify these past due amounts in the fall, but there are several that process certifications in the spring as well as the fall of each year.
The Certification process transfers past due utility bill amounts from the originally billed AR’s to certification ‘holding’ AR’s. This action allows the city to identify and closely monitor these past due accounts, create certification letters informing the property owner of the potential certification, and apply administration fees. The certification notification letter to the property owner advises him/her of the potential certification of unpaid services for a specific time period and the date by which they must pay the past due amount if they wish to avoid that amount from being assessed against their real estate property taxes.
The window to process the certification can range from a week to three months, depending on the member’s policies and business practices. Some members move the past due amounts subject to certification immediately to their Special Assessment departments; others leave those past due amounts in the Utility Billing system until it is time for the certification file to be forwarded to the County. The past due amounts that are identified as certifiable to real estate property taxes are removed from the Utility Billing system once the certification file has been forwarded to the member’s Special Assessment department or to the County Assessor’s Office for collection.
When the transfer of the certification file to the County is complete, the County collects the certified amounts as real estate property taxes and becomes responsible to reimburse the member for those amounts, usually at predetermined intervals.
We have currently broken the 100,000 permit mark on the ePermits web site! Since inception, April 2003, there have been over 100,000 ePermits issued online. This means a significant savings of time and money for the customer and city staff over the past 10 years.
Allowing the ability to acquire a permit online eliminates the need for the customer to drive to City Hall and purchase a permit.
The new design of the current ePermits site has also promoted a versatile search function which advances the need to view a permit and display inspection results. This function has eliminated countless calls to City Hall and improved customer service after hours and over the weekend.