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GIS Software – 6 Ideas For Making it More Accessible

Over the years of speaking with Public Works Directors and staff, we have heard the challenges some of the smaller municipalities have with infrastructure assets in their GIS software.  This article will describe some of these common problems, practical ideas for improvement and the expected benefits from addressing these problems.   Common Problems with Accessing GIS Software: Municipalities will often store their asset data in a GIS system, or Geographic Information System.  This can be a powerful tool for organizing and [...]

Track Work Order Expenses for FEMA

Municipalities are working hard to minimize residents' exposure to the  COVID19 virus.  Sanitizing has now been added to their list of daily tasks. BTW: New York City has provided a concise document (COVID-19: General Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting for Non-Health Care Settings) that gives some really good guidance for sanitizing. This task of sanitizing often falls on Public Works staff to complete.  Not only does this increase their work load, but there is the [...]

Tracking Work Orders from Home or Vehicle

Many Public Works and Utilities staff we have spoken with during this COVID19 crisis are staggering work days and only performing critical maintenance. Those with manual, paper processes for tracking Work Orders (including sticky notes and white boards) have resulted to emailing Work Orders to staff members. While this provides initial notification of work to be done, emails can quickly stack up and get lost in an inbox. Recommendations for Work Order Management at Home: [...]

ShareNet Municipal – Multi-Department Information Management

ShareNet is a highly flexible web and mobile information management cloud platform.  It gives users the flexibility to customize forms, lists, and more without needing technical support. The infographic below shows some of the ways the ShareNet Municipal Software can be used in various city/county departments. Use ShareNet to simplify work by helping departments track, share and report on information in more productive ways. Click Here to download a PDF of the above [...]

Work Order System Metrics Cheat Sheet

How do you provide your municipality with a summary of complete or incomplete maintenance activities?  A work order system should allow you to show the status of ongoing work, such as work orders closed in the last three months and the costs associated? The only way I see having effective work order metrics is through accurate data. So, you’ve heard of work order metrics, but what exactly are you supposed to measure with a work order [...]

Justify The Cost of The Best Government Software

All governments, large or small, are faced with the challenge of juggling limited financial and human resources.   Service backlogs must be addressed while comprehensively dealing with challenges and demands.  I suppose one of the reasons municipalities may shy away from an investment in government software is because elected officials and perhaps even municipal managers don’t understand how valuable it can be.   You need the best government software available to justify the cost. Imagine if a [...]

The Best 50+ Municipal Websites for Officials & Administrators

Municipal Websites Last Update (1/22/18)  App for Everything Municipalities are constantly growing and changing. Sometimes that’s a good thing and other times, not so much.  Do you ever scratch your head and wonder what it would take to be more productive and innovative?  I know I’m always looking for better ways to manage my tasks and time. Perhaps that’s because there is an app for nearly everything I do.  I even have an app that [...]

6 Ways to Simplify with Local Government Asset System

What are municipal assets?  These assets provide services to your community.  Municipal assets provide essential, non-essential, and supplementary services to the community.  It's important to simplify with a local government asset system. Local governments maintain capital-intensive assets, with water and sewer systems as just a few of the most expensive assets to manage.  To reduce costs, it’s crucial to focus on maintenance and repairs, as well as to inspect and track these assets with regular [...]

25 Questions to Develop Your Municipal Asset Management Story

Knowing your municipal asset management story or how you arrived at the current location helps determine the steps to take to get where you want to go next.  I’m the type of person that likes to dive in head first and see where I surface, but that isn’t always the best plan.  Hence the word, plan.  Doing your homework and making a plan goes a long way towards more effective municipal management. Let’s start at [...]

Municipal Work Order Software | Novo Solutions has the Best!

Consider all the paper activities your office is handling every day. In fact, the US government spends $440 million per year printing.  That's just the cost, there are notifications to send, records to file, and updates to complete as well.  And to manage these tasks, you need a series of steps to follow.  Suppose you could do those things without lifting a finger.  It is possible, with municipal work order software and automatic workflows. Imagine [...]