CitySmart Blog

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Dave Mims, President
At the 2009 Southern Municipal Conference in April here in Atlanta, I presented tips on implementing League-wide Collaboration and Document Management Processes in SharePoint based on lessons learned when we implemented it here at Sophicity.
 
At Sophicity, we live off of SharePoint internally.  It has been an invaluable tool, and as a business owner, I have seen first-hand what it can do across the company to increase productivity while decreasing cost.  At the April 2009 SMC, I shared how we are leveraging SharePoint internally, our lessons learned, and recommendations to consider for those interested in: 
  • Access to your information from anywhere 
  • Document management of unstructured data 
  • List management of structured data
  • Centralization of your company assets 
  • Operations management 
  • True collaboration
Check out the presentation slides and ping me if you have any feedback.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Allen Koronkowski, Practice Manager: Projects
As funds from the Recovery Act begin to make their way down to the States, cities stand to benefit from some of the available grants, especially in the areas of IT and Criminal Justice. Soon, Georgia and other states will be announcing the level of funds available for each city, so be on the lookout for further news on that front. In the mean time, ramp up on the rules and regulations at the following sites:
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Tim Verras, Director of Marketing
Welcome to Sophicity’s CitySmart blog. In our role as trusted IT advisors for city government and municipal leagues, we come across a lot of information that would be valuable to our customers and readers. So we’ve decided to highlight some of the most interesting topics, news, and technologies, and thought that come across our desks on a weekly basis. 

And you won’t be hearing from just me. You’ll see posts from all members of the Sophicity team, from software development and networking, to sales and marketing. And maybe we’ll even get our president Dave to post a thing or two (he’s kind of a busy guy). But don’t worry, we’re never going to get too technical on you. This blog is for anyone who’s involved at any level with IT at cities or leagues, no matter the experience level. As always, we’ll work our hardest to put it in your language. 

So please, check back often or subscribe to our RSS feed (hint: it’s that little orange box) to get all the latest news and thoughts about the IT industry and how it effects cities and leagues across America.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Sophicity (sophicity.com) announced today that it has saved the City of Duluth, Ga. (duluthga.net) nearly 1.6 million dollars on the purchase and implementation of a new enterprise resource planning application. Sophicity’s CitySmart℠ vendor management consultants worked with Duluth’s staff to define the requirements and draft the RFP for the system, which was then sent out to a number of vendors in the ERP space. Sophicity fielded questions from the vendors and then thoroughly reviewed the responses to the RFP, detailing how each one stacked up to the project requirements. This report was then provided to City staff and presented in front of City Council, enabling Duluth to make an informed decision on which vendor would win the project. Due to the attention paid to the requirements and vendor selection process, Mimsware was able to reduce the total cost of the ERP system purchase and implementation by nearly $1.6 million.

Teresa Lynn, City Clerk for Duluth, had this to say about the engagement:

When Duluth needed to update our software applications across all City departments from Finance to Public Safety, we didn’t know where to begin. All we knew is we were going to have to live with our decision for a very long time, so we had to get it right. That’s why we called Sophicity. They spent the time needed to define our requirements and construct an RFP that both detailed our needs and protected our interests. As a result, the vendor responses we received were tailored to our city. Sophicity’s process was thorough and most importantly, objective. They didn’t lead us to someone’s favorite vendor; instead, they equipped us with the knowledge we needed to find the best fit. Sophicity even helped us make our case to the City Council, resulting in timely approval of the proposal. In the end, their industry expertise and understanding of vendor negotiation saved us nearly $1.6 million. I would recommend Sophicity to any city that needs help making technology decisions.

Sophicity’s CitySmart℠ consulting services include IT assessments, RFP/Requirements Drafting, Vendor Management, Project Management, and Process Enablement for city governments of any size. These services adding peace of mind, efficiency and cost saving measures to every step of new technology project implementations. For more information on how we can help your city, visit sophicity.com.

ABOUT DULUTH, GA
Duluth is recognized as a model city for Gwinnett County. It is poised with a perfect blend of small businesses, entrepreneurial enterprise, major corporations and visionary developers. Its success rate has been obtainable through sound economic efforts, business advocacy and leadership development. The vitality of Duluth is no accident. It is the result of careful planning and great foresight on the part of its business and community leaders. From tangible communication programs to local events that influence and impact the business environment, Duluth embraces a unique, concentrated form of government.

ABOUT SOPHICITY
For over 10 years, Sophicity’s expertise has unleashed the potential of government IT for municipal leagues and their member cities, meeting the needs of everyone from city hall to public safety. Our senior consultants help improve budget efficiency and increase employee productivity beginning with detailed assessments that identify risks, opportunities, and guidelines for planning. Sophicity makes any IT project worry-free by defining the requirements, managing the project and implementing the right solution. If the project requires a vendor, our experts will draft the RFP and provide guidance in choosing the best respondent. Whether it’s a stable and secure network, a new website, or a custom designed municipal league risk management application, our simple best practices approach brings every city’s vision to reality. At Sophicity, we put the IT in city℠.
Thursday, October 02, 2008


Mimsware Corporation sponsored the 11th hole at the first annual Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade Golf Tournament held September 22nd in Dublin at the beautiful Riverview Park Golf Course.  The over $15,000 in proceeds from the tournament will go towards the  Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade charity event in December.

Mimsware’s management team also golfed in the 18-hole event, scoring an amazing 120 (compared to the first place team’s score of 53) and walking away with the coveted last place prize. One participant of the tournament, speaking under condition of anonymity, stated: “I now realize why Mimsware is so good at IT: you guys are clearly not spending any time out on the golf course.”

While thanking the mercy of a double bogey limit, Dave Mims, President of Mimsware and Captain of the golf team said, “It’s great to see this money go to charity. Sadly, I must now also donate my new driver to charity because our Director of Business Development, Kevin Howarth, broke it on the 5th hole.” From the shade of his golf cart, Tim Verras, Director of Marketing, stated: “It was really nice to see the high skill level amongst the other golfers. It allowed our complete and total ineptitude at this sport to really shine through.” Finally, Jeramie Mercker, Director of Technology, was overheard telling the grounds manager, “This is a lot harder than Wii Golf.”

According to GMA’s website, “the Mayors' Christmas Motorcade began in 1958 at the request of then-Governor Ernest Vandiver as a way of providing holiday gifts for the patients of Georgia's mental health and retardation hospitals. The program is also aimed at raising the awareness of the needs of Georgia's mental hospitals.” Mimsware proudly supports GMA’s efforts to help Georgia’s less fortunate during the holiday season.

ABOUT GMA
Created in 1933, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) is the only state organization that represents municipal governments in Georgia. Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its members. 

ABOUT MIMSWARE CORPORATION
Mimsware is an Alpharetta, GA-based business solutions consultancy that uses Microsoft technologies and people-focused consulting to foster stability and growth in any size organization. From custom software and database development to network infrastructure and web content management, Mimsware’s senior level engineers and consultants insure that IT lends strength, flexibility, and value to an organization. Mimsware is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Mimsware Corporation today announced its acquisition of Catalyst Consulting, a Microsoft-based network infrastructure consulting firm located in Atlanta. For over 7 years, Catalyst has provided managed network services to clients including Brown and Company Jewelers, Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Group, Homeside Properties, and Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

In acquiring Catalyst, Mimsware will leverage the firm’s experience to bolster its growing Network Infrastructure team and further build out its own Managed Network Services program. This program will include managed network maintenance, back up, and disaster recovery services for Microsoft-based networks.

Clinton F. Nelms, Principal of Catalyst, will join Mimsware as the Network Infrastructure Practice Manager, overseeing all Network Infrastructure customers and services. Clint brings with him over 10 years of experience in delivering technology consulting to metro Atlanta businesses in the accounting, real estate, health care, and not-for-profit industries. 

"Acquiring Catalyst Consulting is a perfect next step for Mimsware” said Dave Mims, President of Mimsware.  “As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Mimsware offers an umbrella of technology services.  Growing our Network Infrastructure Practice with additional services, staff, and client base is the right move. Clint brings much to the plate.  His technical, management, and customer relationship skills will allow him to shine in his new role as Practice Manager for our Network Infrastructure services."

ABOUT MIMSWARE CORPORATION

Mimsware is an Alpharetta, GA-based business solutions consultancy that uses Microsoft technologies and people-focused consulting to foster stability and growth in any size organization. From custom software and database development to network infrastructure and web content management, Mimsware’s senior level engineers and consultants insure that IT lends strength, flexibility, and value to an organization. Mimsware is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.
Friday, August 01, 2008
Mimsware Corporation announced today the release of the new website for the City of Vienna, Ga. - www.cityofvienna.org. The city's website was completely rebuilt from the ground up to use MimswareCMS and now has branding and graphical elements that are representative of what this unique city brings to the state of Georgia.

Gail B. Bembry, City Administrator, had this to say about the project: “The new website for the City of Vienna has been a challenge with a great reward. With training from Mimsware, our clerical staff has been successful in compiling information and building pages to make the website work for us. We enjoy being able to navigate, add pictures, and change information as needed. We are very pleased with MimswareCMS and with our partnership with Mimsware.”

Getting information onto the web in an efficient and cost effective manner is important for any organization. MimswareCMS helps by making it easy to update and manage web site content without programming knowledge or special tools. Add content at anytime from anywhere using only a web browser.

ABOUT MIMSWARE CORPORATION

Mimsware is an Alpharetta, GA-based business solutions consultancy that uses Microsoft technologies and people-focused consulting to foster stability and growth in any size organization. From custom software and database development to network infrastructure and web content management, Mimsware’s senior level engineers and consultants insure that IT lends strength, flexibility, and value to an organization. Mimsware is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

ABOUT CITY OF VIENNA, Ga.

Founded in 1841, Vienna has a rich history and a bright future - our renovated downtown district and commitment to our downtown development has helped to win Vienna recognition as a "City of Excellence" from Georgia Trend Magazine and the Georgia Municipal Association.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Mimsware recently completed a citywide Enterprise Assessment for the City of Duluth. The company worked closely with City staff to develop a long term technology strategy and address an immediate need to replace an Accounting System by conducting a comprehensive look at their systems, infrastructure, and related processes across all City departments. Armed with this information, and recommendations for improvement, the City of Duluth will be able to plan its IT growth for several years.

Teresa Lynn, City Clerk, had this to say about the project: “The City of Duluth contracted Mimsware to conduct a citywide Enterprise Assessment. Mimsware started immediately by conducting on-site interviews with each department within the city to understand our processes. I cannot say enough about the knowledge and professionalism of Mimsware. They spoke to staff members on a level that they could understand and really worked to make the staff know they were important to the process. Throughout the project, Mimsware has kept me informed about where they are in the plan of action and what steps needed to be taken to complete each action. This would have been a monumental task for staff to undertake and Mimsware has assisted the whole way. We now have a detailed vision that lays out the City’s technology needs which we can use to plan for, budget, and build improvements across the City’s departments well into the future. We are very pleased with Mimsware and are moving ahead with our first step of action from the report. This initial step is to replace the City’s existing accounting system. Mimsware has worked with the City to draft requirements, draft the RFP, distribute the RFP, and are now managing the RFP process with the City.”

If you’d like to conduct an Enterprise Assessment at your City or Organization, please contact sales@mimsware.com or call 770.670.6940.

ABOUT CITY OF DULUTH, GA

Duluth is recognized as a model city for Gwinnett County. It is poised with a perfect blend of small businesses, entrepreneurial enterprise, major corporation and visionary developers. Its success rate has been obtainable through sound economic efforts, business advocacy and leadership development. The vitality of Duluth is no accident. It is the result of careful planning and great foresight on the part of its business and community leaders. From tangible communication programs to local events that influence and impact the business environment, Duluth embraces a unique, concentrated form of government.

ABOUT MIMSWARE

Mimsware is an IT consulting firm specializing in the Government, Healthcare, Not-For-Profit, and Private sectors. Whether it's a custom designed data solution or an implementation of our flagship website content management solution, MimswareCMS, we have experienced and highly qualified software and network consultants that can get the job done on time and on budget. Mimsware is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. www.mimsware.com.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Mimsware Corporation gained the Business Intelligence Microsoft competency today, marking its experience in consulting and implementing solutions in the field of Business Intelligence. This is Mimsware’s fifth Microsoft competency joining the Custom Development Solutions, Network Infrastructure, Data Management Solutions, and ISV/Software Solutions competencies.  

“Mimsware works hard to provide successful business solutions to our clients” said Dave Mims, President.  “As a Microsoft Gold Partner, obtaining this fifth competency reflects our expertise in providing successful Business Intelligence solutions to our clients. BI allows our clients to better leverage the volume of data being managed by their SQL Servers to make informed decisions about their business.” 

Mimsware’s BI solutions allow you to master your data. Put it at your beck and call. Make it work for you. Mimsware can turn that mountain of data into a gold mine of information. Look at the past. Predict the future. Retain the knowledge your organization has worked so hard to collect. Well-designed BI solutions create a business that’s smart, nimble, and effective. 

Mimsware is an IT consulting firm specializing in the Government, Healthcare, and Not-For-Profit, and Privatesectors. Whether it's a custom designed data solution or an implementation of our flagship website content management solution, MimswareCMS, we have experienced and highly qualified software and network consultants that can get the job done on time and on budget. Mimsware is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.  
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Mimsware Corporation (www.mimsware.com) announced today the release of the new city website for the City of Jackson, Ga. (www.cityofjacksonga.com). The city's website was completely rebuilt from the ground up to use MimswareCMS and now has branding and graphical elements that are representative of what this unique city brings to the state of Georgia.

"When looking at content management services we looked for a company that would allow us to maintain the website with the most up-to-date information, was user-friendly, was affordable, and most important to us, had impeccable customer service. Being a small city, our employees have to do many different jobs so I needed something that didn’t require a degree in computer programming and had customer service I could rely on if I needed help. Mimsware has not let us down!," said Lara Brewer, City Clerk.

Information is one of any organization’s most valuable assets and getting information to customers on time and under budget can make or break a business. MimswareCMS can help. How? By making it easy to manage a web site’s content at anytime from anywhere using only a web browser.

About Mimsware Corporation
Mimsware is a software development and network infrastructure consulting firm specializing in the Government, Healthcare, and Not-For-Profit sectors. Whether it's a custom designed solution or an implementation of our flagship website content management solution, MimswareCMS, we have experienced and highly qualified software and network consultants that can get the job done on time and on budget. Mimsware is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. www.mimsware.com, (770) 516-2142
We listen, we plan, we implement. Look to Mimsware for a solid technology partner you can trust.
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