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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.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tim Verras, Director of Marketing and Customer Experience
The internet can be a powerful tool for aiding your Parks and Recreation department in its mission to provide relaxation and education for citizens. By leveraging your city’s web site in combination with other resources on the web, your city can see an increase in event attendance, sports registrations, and organizational efficiency. Here’s how:
  1. City Website – Take all of the information from the flyers, mailers, and banners that you use to advertise Parks and Recreation events and put that content on your website. Convert all of the registration forms to PDFs so they can be printed. And most importantly, keep everything up to date. It may seem time consuming, but the time and money it saves by eliminating calls to the office will add up in no time.
  2. E-Registration – Invest in online registration software and integrate it with your website. Allow people to buy and print event tickets, sign up and pay for sports team and class registrations, even pay licensing fees online. There is an upfront cost, but the time saved by not doing everything manually will quickly justify the cost. Plus, people can pay at any time, 24/7.
  3. Calendar – Keep an event and sports calendar on your website (large cities might want one of each). Not only does it help busy citizens to plan on getting from game to game, but it drives a constant flow of traffic to your website. Again, a calendar is only as good as the information so keep it up to date.
  4. Mapping – Using mapping utilities like Google Maps or MSN Live Search can help get people to the right field for the game or the correct place for the event. You can even create custom maps so that people to go on a guided e-tour through the attractions in your city.
  5. Sports Statistics – Everyone loves tracking the statistics for their favorite pro team and now they can do the same for their local city league. Put up score and statistics pages for all of the sports leagues on your website and keep them updated after each game. Use high-traffic pages like this to advertise other events or news around the city.
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.  
Friday, February 15, 2008
Tim Verras, Director of Marketing and Customer Experience
Driving the economic development of a city or county is one of the primary goals of any local official. A healthy economy means active, affluent residents and increased income for the city itself. Officials have mastered a number of tools to help their organization prosper but an often overlooked avenue for driving economic development is perhaps one of the easiest: a great website.
 
Most local governments have functioning websites, but these are often merely e-brochures – small informational sites with no real content value beyond what someone could get from a quick web search. But there are a number of ways that an official can utilize a city’s website to do so much more than provide simple contact information. Here are three great ways to leverage a city’s web presence to drive economic growth within the community.

1. Current News – As readership of traditional print-based media continues to decline, many people are moving online to get their news. Your website is a great way to disseminate pertinent news. By providing the latest news on elections, construction projects, road and school closings, and even a Civic Events calendar, a city can ensure that its citizens are well informed. The key here is to regularly update content on the city’s website so that web users keep coming back for more.

2. eCommerce – A simple eCommerce addition to a city website can add a lot of value. An online storefront will allow a city to sell branded merchandise like t-shirts, hats, stickers, and other items that citizens can use to show their civic pride.

3. City Management – Perhaps the biggest driver of economic growth comes in the form of online city management features. There are a number of software packages that allow people to pay traffic tickets, taxes, and other fines, right online. There are also packages that allow people to register for civic classes, sports teams and events, or even register for various licenses and approvals right online. The advantages are numerous:
  • Cut down foot traffic at city facilities
  • Decrease processing times, allowing employees to focus on other responsibilities
  • Allow people to pay or register at any time, not just during business hours
  • Increases the number of people who pay tickets and taxes or register for classes or events
A well designed, content-driven website can help a city save time and resources as well as increase revenue from taxes, tickets, and events. Robust news and event calendar features means higher election and event attendance and less calls and foot traffic at city facilities.  Some of these solutions may not be right for all organizations, but keeping an eye out for ways to use the web to drive economic growth can greatly benefit any sized organization.
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.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Mimsware Corporation (www.mimsware.com) announced today the release of the new city website for the City of Cornelia, Ga. (www.corneliageorgia.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.

"The City of Cornelia is very pleased with our new website", said Diane Feorino, City of Cornelia. " The staff at Mimsware helped us create a new look for our city. We found the MimswareCMS product is very easy to use. The staff at Mimsware is cooperative and responds quickly to questions by either phone or e-mail. We like that the site is easy to update so we can keep our information current."

MimswareCMS is Mimsware's flagship product providing a solution for Website Content Management. 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.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Mimsware Corporation (www.mimsware.com) announced today the release of the new city website for the City of Buford, Ga. (www.cityofbuford.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.

"We were looking to upgrade our website and were very impressed with Georgia Municipal Association's Technology Services and Mimsware", said Jeff Dobbs, City of Buford. "From the first presentation, we knew we were dealing with a company that generally cared and was excited to provide a product that would support our needs as a city. The process of adding content on the website was easy to learn and easy to use. During the design and implementation of the website, we asked many questions which were met with enthusiasm and attention to detail. The service provided by Mimsware has been exceptional and we are very pleased with the results."

MimswareCMS is Mimsware's flagship product providing a solution for Website Content Management. 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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