Monthly Archives: December 2014

Why Government is So Quick to Adopt The Cloud

English: Cloud ComputingUsually a late adopter, the Government is more commonly associated with “slow and secure” rather than “high tech and new.” But when it comes to the cloud, more and more local governments and municipalities are taking the leap, and cloud is quickly “changing everything in Government IT.”

We ran across an article in Government Technology about local government cloud adoption, and thought it was an interesting—though lengthy—read.

The article discusses how once counties and cities adopt the cloud for one thing (say, the County Appraisers office), the usability, cost-savings, and quickness encourages them to explore other areas where the cloud would be helpful. Read more >

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The Road Trip Chronicles Continue: Long Drive Montana Travel Tips a la David

by: David Morton, Customer Solutions Coordinator and Guest Blogger for the BMS County Traveling Road Show Series

These are the chronicles of one David Morton, road warrior on a mission to solve client problems for Black Mountain’s Governmental Accounting Software. What you are about to read is real.

Toole County

November 17, 2014

It’s getting close to the time of year when I start driving through the blessed state of Montana. Yep, that’s right, it’s winter. Gazing at the snow capped mountains got me thinking about driving on passes in the winter, which got me thinking about getting ready. Remember, it is always cheaper to learn from someone else’s experience – so in looking back at the previous year’s travels, I want to share some advice as a winter road warrior. Read more >

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Time Saver Tip: P-Card Credit Card Management Software by BMS

English: mock credit card statementAre you already enjoying or still just thinking about getting in on the BMO P-Card rebates that MASBO is sharing with Montana school districts which use BMO’s Procurement Card (P-Card)? The P-Card and most bank credit cards offer sophisticated controls and aid in reducing paperwork. Rebates based on use activity are making P-Cards a particularly hot topic. They seem like the sweetest thing since Splenda!

As sweet as it all seems, tracking credit cards and vendor purchases can be quite a task for the school district clerk. For example, maybe you need to find an invoice but can’t remember when the item was purchased. Read more >

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Office Health Trend: Standing Desks

Standing desks are the latest trend for office workers looking to maintain a healthier working environment, joined by other office health trends such as the exercise bike desk and the treadmill desk. We even have a standing desk right here in our BMS offices!

Because they promote a healthy lifestyle during work hours, many offices have found wonderful benefits to providing employees with standing desks. Some of these benefits to standing desks include:

  • Reduction in obesity: Standing contributes to increased activity throughout the day, which results in a reduction of obesity.
  • Reduction in medical problems: Standing contributes to a reduction in the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and other metabolic problems.
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Black Mountain Software Grows Hair to Grow Awareness

PiggyBank-cash01319In Montana, and more specifically at Black Mountain Software in Polson and Helena, the arrival of winter weather and the proliferation of men’s facial hair growth has long been correlated. But in recent years mo’ (moustache) and beard growth during the month of November has taken on a meaning beyond warmth. The cultural phenomena known as Movember and No Shave November are now often the driving force – meaning you might want to give the next hairy man you pass on the street a high-five and thank him for raising awareness for men’s health issues. During Movember, moustaches become walking, talking billboards that spark conversation and fundraising for major men’s health concerns such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. Read more >

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Happy Holiday Cards

Mike-UB Favorite_MG_8019“That time of year” rolls around so quickly.

Time to haul out the boxes of holiday decorations. Time to bring out the winter attire. Time to look at schedules and figure out dates when everyone can get together. Yes, I’m talking about … September!

“September?” You say. Yes, that’s when the Black Mountain Software holiday prep begins. That’s because Black Mountain Software has a fairly long (both in years and preparation) tradition of mailing holiday cards featuring staff photos to our clients, prospective clients, business partners, and vendors. We are a friendly, small-town company and many of our staff members work one-on-one with our clients, so a stuffy corporate holiday card just doesn’t seem to fit our style very well. Read more >

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