Monthly Archives: September 2014

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): Five Things to Consider

English: A pile of mobile devices including sm...In the five or so years since BYOD (meaning Bring Your Own Device) first emerged as an acronym, the proliferation of devices such as tablet computers and smartphones has led to an increasing tendency among organizations to allow employees to bring their own devices to work and connect them to the organization’s network. The BYOD movement is showing no signs of slowing. In addition to corporate offices of all sizes, state governments, county offices and city halls are altering their policies to permit personally owned mobile devices in the workplace and use of those devices to access proprietary information and applications. Read more >

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Where Will the Internet of Things and Wearable Technology Take Us?

An icon from icon theme Crystal Clear.The Cloud. Apps. Domains. Big Data. With so many techy buzzwords, computer jargon, and computer slang, the world of technology can have us feeling out of touch in a nanosecond! And now there are two more buzzwords floating around that seem to have the average Joe a little more than confused: wearable technology and the “Internet of Things”.

We like to try to keep you informed of upcoming trends in technology and hope that we can help alleviate some confusion about them. Though we are in the somewhat humdrum business of government accounting software, we also live every day in the exciting place where new technology meets tried-and-true software. Read more >

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Black Mountain Software’s “Nerd Herd” Does the Dirty Dash

by: David Tyler, Director of Marketing & Communications

Sept. 9, 2014

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When the alarm went off at 7:00 a.m. last Saturday morning, my first thought was of my Black Mountain Software coworkers. It wasn’t a typical Saturday morning. It was the morning that the BMS “Nerd Herd” would assemble and take on The Dirty Dash challenge.

What is the BMS Nerd Herd? Contrary to rumor, it is not a department within Black Mountain Software. Because nearly everyone who works at BMS is either into technology or accounting (yep, a little nerdy), it seemed like a good name for a team assembled from various departments for the purpose of participating in an obstacle course run. Read more >

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Must-Have Apps for Government Office Employees

appsDo you love your smartphone? Do you find yourself obsessed with apps? Then do we have something fun for you! It’s our favorite Apps for Government Employees.

  • Google Docs: The powerful suite of document creation and editing tools from Google. This Cloud-based services allows users to quickly create, revise, share and store documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from any location with internet access.
  • Ergonomics: This app gives office workers health tips, options for low impact stretches, and tracks activity levels. It also allows users to set notifications when it’s time to get up and stretch.
  • Trello: This popular project management tool is similar to Basecamp, but it’s free.
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    Chronicles of a Montana Road Warrior – HE LIVES!

    2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited photographed ...Guest Blog by David Morton, Customer Solutions Coordinator

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    “Something of interest must have occurred in the last 12 months, Mr. Morton!” exclaimed BMS Marketing Director, Mrs. Smith, as she searched an empty file labeled “David’s Recent Travel Articles.”

    I looked at my inquisitor, eyes half-lidded, the guile of a 5-year-old plainly on my face. “If I could remember something interesting, I would gladly tell you,” oozed lazy-like out of my mouth.

    “Well, Mr. Morton, today you seem no more professional than a 5-year-old. If you don’t remember interesting things, how can we believe anything you’ve ever told us is true?”

    I was tempted to quote from an ancient Tom Cruise movie, but knew she would simply respond with, “Oh, how cliché” and then with certainty I would have replied, “NO! Read more >

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