DEVNET travels to Hershey, PA next week to attend the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) Conference. Bill Wetzel from DEVNET looks forward to seeing everyone and sharing information on the DEVNET Edge® Integrated PA Software offerings and some exciting news about several new PA clients that have recently joined DEVNET. View our campaign.
DEVNET travels to Chicago next week to attend the Illinois Association of Counties Conference. We look forward to seeing everyone in the windy city. DEVNET is very thankful that 53 of the 102 counties in Illinois use the DEVNET integrated Property Tax Software!!! Thank you Illinois, we can’t wait to make this last year in Chicago a memorable one! View Our Campaign
The new DEVNET Property Search module is available! Formerly known as Parcel Search, Parcel Inquiry, Master Inquiry, etc., the DEVNET Property Search module gives users one stop shopping for finding property and property information:
But This Looks the Same!
Oh, but it’s not! A few new key features turn this from a simple search tool to a full blown query engine. Let’s take a quick tour of the most noticeable features:
Those of you who have used our new Parcel Maintenance application, or the newer versions of our Parcel Transfer application are accustomed to seeing these. For those of you who aren’t, the flags appear on each tab in the Property Search window. Tabs that have a green flag have criteria selected on them, and tabs with a red flag are still in their default state (no criteria entered). This deviates (slightly) from the standards we set in other windows, where a green flag means there is data on the tab, and a red flag indicates no data is available on the tab.
So why does this matter? See the next new feature…
We’ve been asked for this a lot over the years. We listened and delivered! You can now save your search criteria to a named query, and load it again for future use. With proper security, you can even create searches that can be used by other users.
When you have a set of search criteria that you want to save off, clicking the Save Search button gives you the following window:
Simply enter a name for the search and click Save. If you have the right security, you can optionally save the query for use by everyone, and not just add it to your personal list of saved searches.
When you want to reuse a saved query, clicking the Load Search button gives you the following dialog:
The list defaults to the current user (you!), but you can also select searches saved for everyone’s use (All Users), or with proper security, all searches for all users (All Saved Queries – includes personal saved queries from other users). Just highlight the name of the search you want to use, and click the Load button. The saved search criteria is restored to each tab in the Property Search engine (this will wipe out any search criteria you had already filled in, but you will be asked before this happens).
There is some ability on the load window to manage the list of saved searches. Users can always delete their own searches. If you are an administrator, you also have the ability to remove searches saved by other users.
Only the search criteria is saved, not the results.
Did you notice the Make Study button in an earlier image? Good! That button will help drive an important piece of new functionality coming in 2013, and that’s all I am going to tell you about it for now.
Also worth mentioning is that each tab now has its own Reset button, so you can revert each tab to its default state without resetting the search criteria on all tabs at once.
Under the Hood
Under the hood, there have been a lot of tweaks and optimizations that make the Property Search module faster, more efficient, and scale better across larger datasets. The module is also the first to make use of features exclusive to SQL Server 2008 and 2012 (when those features are available).
So What Are You Waiting For?
Want to give it a shot? Contact the DEVNET Helpdesk today and schedule your setup!
We’re really excited about this module, and know you will be too. The new Property Search module is the next in a long list of improvements coming to clients this year. DEVNET is never complacent and always looking to deliver new features and new value to its customers.
A couple of weeks ago, you probably started noticing something that looked a bit like this when you launched your DEVNET applications each day:
and wondered what we changed. As it turns out, a whole heck of a lot! (though, to be fair, we had been meaning to update the splash screen for a while now, and what I am about to describe just proved to be the opportune time)
DEVNET recently upgraded its development environment, Powerbuilder, to the most recent version (12.5). We’ve done this a couple of times now in the history of the company. While each upgrade becomes potentially more problematic as the number of clients grows, we’d like to think that we’ve got a pretty good system in place for handling upgrades. Disruptions from the client perspective were very minimal; the upgrade was performed over a weekend, and most clients came in Monday morning to business as usual.
So the big question is why? From a business perspective, the version we had been running (11.2) was quickly approaching its end-of-life, and as a software developer, using an unsupported development tool is the technological equivalent of riding a bicycle uphill in the wind. From a technical perspective, however, a world of opportunity opened up to us. While out of the gate, the upgrade changed nothing, the things we can do for our clients now has vastly increased. In no particular order, we get some great things with Powerbuilder 12.5:
- Digitally sign our applications. This sends a message to Windows and most virus scanners to say that our applications are what they claim to be, and from who they claim to be from.
- Consume web services. There is a wealth of information available through web services, and it is a great way to tie different applications together, even if they are developed with different technologies.
- Publish web services. This allows other applications to become consumers of data from DEVNET applications.
- New graphing engine. We can make prettier pictures now.
- Lots of stuff under the hood that interests the programmers but not the clients.
- A lot of bug fixes that we’d been waiting on.
We catch some gruff for using Powerbuilder for Windows development from time to time, but it’s been a great tool for us. It’s easy to learn, stable, fast…. incredibly productive. And with its low learning curve, even non-technical people at DEVNET can make reports, notices, and tax bills.
This update will allow us to do some even more awesome things for our clients… and there are a lot of them coming in 2013! Keep checking back and I will tell you all about them.
At DEVNET, we constantly strive to make improvements to our products, be it bug fixes, new features, or other optimizations. Often times, when entering a new market, we add new modules to our DEVNET Edge® application suite, or redevelop an existing module to meet the needs of a new client or market. Our security infrastructure (which is part of the System Maintenance module) recently received some major upgrades as the result of one such project, and DEVNET is now making these changes available to the rest of its customer base.
Under the hood, almost everything security related is new. DEVNET’s custom encryption has been replaced by Microsoft’s Cryptographic Services, meaning all passwords and sensitive data in the system are backed by military-approved encryption. New password restrictions have been built into the product line, allowing administrators to restrict, protect, and control access to DEVNET applications in much the same way they do the county network. New reporting options help administrators and outside auditors verify and validate access into DEVNET Edge® product suite.
How Does it Work?
Everything is centered around the User Maintenance screen in System Maintenance:
For those familiar with User Maintenance, it is immediately apparent that the Maintain User box has significantly changed. Administrators can never see a user’s password. Should a user forget a password, an administrator can create a temporary password for a user, click Expire Now, and force the user to set a new password upon their next login.
User audit information is now immediately apparent on the user maintenance screen. Administrators can see when a user last changed their password, when it expires, when the user was last changed, and who changed the user.
Users now have an additional status: suspended. Previously, users were either Active or Inactive. Suspended indicates users that have been locked out of the system for failing the password policies (more on this in a moment).
There are many new user details, including their address, phone/fax/mobile numbers, and email address. Not only does this help administrators keep track of where their users are located, but this information will be used by DEVNET in future enhancements this year.
Clicking the new Edit Password Policy button yields the policy editor:
Administrators can very simply set the password restrictions they wish to enforce.
How Do I Get This?
If you are interested in enabling these new features, please contact the DEVNET Helpdesk to make arrangements.
The areas of our product line that are common to all applications don’t often receive a lot of attention. There’s generally no need – these pieces are stable and proven, and do what they need to do without complaint or breaking. DEVNET is spending some time this year revisiting these components and making some pretty awesome enhancements to them. Keep watching this blog throughout the summer for other announcements!
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DEVNET was founded in 1997 on the principles of providing integrated government software solutions that enhance workflow between offices and provide an all inclusive pricing model to help officials plan ahead without the worry of unforeseen expenditures. DEVNET has established a reputation in the marketplace and continues to emerge into new markets because of our unique approach to implementation, support, and pricing. We deliver turnkey modern solutions that enhance the user experience.
Bill has over 15 years of GIS Sales and Project Management experience as a national account manager. The depth of knowledge Bill brings to DEVNET from his background in serving the public sector is instrumental in continuing the momentum of expansion and growth into established and new markets.
“I am pleased to join this talented team of government software experts to help build the DEVNET sales and services offering nationwide,” said Wetzel. DEVNET Edge® solutions are backed by superior programming, service and support, from stand-alone systems to a totally integrated solution. We are a company committed to doing the right thing for our clients and building long-term relationships. I look forward to playing a key role in the cultivation of this vision.”
Bill obtained his undergraduate degree in Geography from Augustana College and his MS degree in Geography from Northern Illinois University.
”We are pleased to welcome Bill to our team of qualified professionals,” said Michael Gentry, President, DEVNET Incorporated. “His insight into Sales and Project Management coupled along with his experience in serving the public sector will be invaluable to DEVNET as we continue to grow and expand our client base. Having an individual of his stature join the DEVNET team is exciting and proves we are poised to continue to provide the best for each of our clients.”
DEVNET, specializes in providing integrated Appraisal, Assessment, Collection and e-government solutions designed to empower the public sector user. With over 15 years of experience, DEVNET has quickly become a leading nationwide provider of government software solutions. Our on-going growth allows us to continually innovate and improve.
Dauphin County, Pennsylvania has been a client of DEVNET’s since 2005 and continues to add on new DEVNET solutions and functionality that enhance the end users experience. The county realizes the importance of integration between offices and employs the DEVNET Edge® Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA), Tax Assessment Administration, Billing & Collection, Tax Claims, wEdge and the newly offered Remote Collection Module; which has this county singing DEVNET praises.
Janis Creason, Dauphin County Treasurer speaks of the DEVNET Remote Collection solution, “We have been able to achieve a level of efficiency that is most likely unprecedented statewide, as we monitor all activity in real time and maintain a high degree of control over the collection process. We could not be more pleased with the billing and collection module. We are thankful for the resoluteness of your staff who persevered in understanding our needs and translating those ideas into a premier software product, compliant with both our laws and our expectations.” To learn more about the Dauphin County Treasurer’s experience and the DEVNET Edge® Remote Collector Solution please view the full testimonial and presentation provided by Janis Creason.
DEVNET’s commitment to its clients is solidified by this testimonial. DEVNET has over 15 years of experience providing Property Tax Solutions that empower the public sector user. Our strengths come from our industry knowledge and our ability to deliver.
DEVNET travels to the beautiful Virginia Beach, VA area this week to attend the annual Virginia Association of Assessing Officers Conference. We look forward to seeing all of our Virginia Assessor friends and showcasing our DEVNET Edge® Virginia Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal Solution. Please be sure to stop by our booth to learn more and enter our drawing for a Kindle Fire.
The DEVNET Edge® CAMA solution customized for Virginia jurisdictions was developed based on IAAO and USPAP industry standards. Our solution will allow Virginia Assessor’s to perform appraisal and assessment administration functions, allowing for accurate valuation and complete parcel maintenance, assessment, exemption and appeals information.
DEVNET, Inc. offers proven industry knowledge and experience implementing integrated Appraisal, Assessment, Billing, Collection and e-government solutions designed to empower the public sector user. We have dedicated ourselves to taking a unique, personalized approach with every client and have quickly become a leading nationwide provider of integrated government solutions. Our focus is on integration, enhanced workflow and all inclusive pricing. With over ninety installations, DEVNET solutions value and collect for over 3.5 million parcels throughout eight states. Our integrated DEVNET Edge® solutions provide endless possibilities to enhance workflow, boost productivity and manage time more effectively.
The full suite of integrated DEVNET Edge® Property Tax Solutions include: Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA), Assessment Administration, Billing & Collection, Permitting & Zoning, Records Management, wEdge e-government, Printing & Mailing Services, Hardware Sales & Support and GIS Integration.
DEVNET travels to Des Moines, Iowa this week to attend the annual Iowa State Assessor’s Association Conference. We look forward to seeing all of our Iowa Assessor friends and showcasing our DEVNET Edge® Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal Solution. Please be sure to stop by our booth to learn more and enter our drawing for a Kindle Fire.
The DEVNET Edge® CAMA solution customized for Iowa jurisdictions is certified by the Iowa Department of Revenue and is in compliance with the pricing guidelines established in the State of Iowa Real Property Appraisal Manual for Residential, Commercial and Agricultural uses. The DEVNET Iowa CAMA solution was developed based on IAAO and USPAP industry standards. Our solution will allow Iowa Assessor’s to perform appraisal and assessment administration functions, allowing for accurate valuation and complete parcel maintenance, assessment, exemption and appeals information.
DEVNET has over 15 years of experience providing solutions that work and meet the public sector user’s needs. We look forward to working with Iowa jurisdictions as we can provide a fully integrated solution that handles the Appraisal, Assessment, Billing & Collection and e-government needs. We are offering a new and cutting edge solution for Iowa counties to choose.