Monthly Archives: August 2014

New BMS Cloud Platform Comes With New Enhancements

Cloud ScreenshotAt Black Mountain Software, we strive to provide our cloud-hosted government accounting and utility billing clients with the best available working environment that we can.

With the arrival of 2014, it became time for us to retire our local servers that host our clients’ data and begin moving clients to our newest cloud platform. Our newest platform includes greater up-time and performance and the clients we are hosting on it couldn’t be happier.

General software usage on the new platform will not change, but there will be some slight differences with this newer platform that we would like to introduce you to:

The BMS Dashboard – The biggest change with the new platform is that clients now have a single shortcut that opens a ‘dashboard’ from which they access all of their BMS applications and receive helpful newsfeed items. Read more >

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Utility Billing Software Enhancements: Autopay, Email, and Paperless Billing

English: email envelopeAny more, few of us remember the days of typewriters, carbon paper, and hand-written bills. As we continue to embrace technology, even those who grew up in the days of massive paper files can find ways to execute their very own Paper Reduction Act.

Monthly billings don’t come without mixed feelings at the offices of most Black Mountain Software Utility Billing clients. It’s what they do, and it makes their world turn, but it can be so much work with most municipal utility billing systems: print the bills, sort the bills, and stuff them in envelopes. Then there’s the postage and the post office, and their job doesn’t stop there! Read more >

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2,000 Members and Counting…City Clerk Cafe

city_clerk_coloredWhere can you learn about storage apps such as Dropbox, gather tips for taking minutes, and exchange stories from the frontline of a City Clerk?  You can do all this (and more!) on the The City Clerk Cafe on LinkedIn.  And that’s probably why so many city clerks–2,000-plus actually–have joined this LinkedIn group.

The City Clerk Cafe has thousands of members from all around the country, giving clerks the opportunity to connect, network, and brainstorm together in an organized forum.  It also allows members to track discussions, search for jobs, ask questions, share advice, and get updates on the latest seminars and conferences.  Read more >

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