wEdge for Treasurers

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An introduction to wEdge from DEVNET, a premier property information site, featuring property tax, appraisal, and GIS information from a unified interface.

This presentation is somewhat treasurer/collector centric, but is still a good introduction to wEdge regardless of what tax office a person works in.

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wEdge for Treasurers

  1. 1. wEdge for Treasurers (and everyone else, too) Jason A. Crome Vice President of Software Development, DEVNET, Inc. 2013 ICTA Summer Conference August 8, 2013
  2. 2. • VP of Software Development at DEVNET • Dad • Hockey Player • Nobel Prize Winner • (at least one of those isn’t true) Who am I?
  3. 3. Who is DEVNET?
  4. 4. Agenda • Product Overview • Features • Support • Implementation • Demo • Future Plans
  5. 5. Overview
  6. 6. What is wEdge?
  7. 7. What is wEdge? • It slices!
  8. 8. What is wEdge? • It slices! • It dices!
  9. 9. What is wEdge? • It slices! • It dices! • It cooks!
  10. 10. What is wEdge? • It slices! • It dices! • It cooks! • It cleans!
  11. 11. What is wEdge? • It slices! • It dices! • It cooks! • It cleans! • It makes coffee!
  12. 12. What is wEdge? • It slices! • It dices! • It cooks! • It cleans! • It makes coffee! • It... does none of these things.
  13. 13. What is wEdge? • For DEVNET, it is a toolkit for building web-based products. • For clients, it’s a web site featuring your property tax and appraisal data. • For title companies, tax payers, and other customers, it’s pretty freaking awesome!
  14. 14. What does wEdge mean? • Web Edge • The original command line administration utility for wEdge, before we had named wEdge. • A tribute to the original DEVNET logo,The Flying Wedge:
  15. 15. Who’s using wEdge? • 26 counties and 1 city nationwide • 17 Illinois counties • ...and more in the hopper!
  16. 16. Features
  17. 17. Content • Designed with simplicity in mind (less is more) • Anything in DEVNET Edge applications can be shown online. • There are some things you probably don’t want to show however. • Commonly shown: names, site addresses, legals, taxes due and paid, taxing body breakdowns, exemptions, assessments, and more.
  18. 18. Technical Details • HTML5 and CSS3 compliant (standards are good!) • Javascript • Perl • SQL Server • Runs on Windows or Linux servers
  19. 19. Performance Matters!
  20. 20. Performance Matters!
  21. 21. Performance Matters! • Searches and page views are cached by web browser • Subsequent searches and views talk to cache, not server • Cache flushed when web server database is updated
  22. 22. Browser Requirements • Modern features require modern browsers • Chrome 5+ • Firefox 3.5+ • Safari 5+ • Internet Explorer 8+
  23. 23. Security • Redaction of parcels • No exemption searches • Injection testing • SSL for account access
  24. 24. Accessibility • Adheres to US Section 508 accessibility guidelines • Also adheres to WAI-AAA accessibility standards • Ensures that your sites are available to the largest possible group of taxpayers and customers
  25. 25. Support
  26. 26. What will DEVNET do? • No charge updates • No limit to emails, phone calls, etc. for county staff members • On site training of county staff • Bug fixes • Legislative changes • Etc. etc. Same level of support as our desktop applications.
  27. 27. What won’t DEVNET do? • Support your end users • Support data transfers and infrastructure for county-hosted sites • Well, we can do these things, but a block of support hours must be purchased.
  28. 28. Implementation
  29. 29. How does it go? • You sign a contract • We conduct evaluation of your online goals/needs • County provides contact individual - one person who will represent all county stakeholders in the project • DEVNET provides site to match needs (some back and forth here) • Up to 6 weeks, usually way less
  30. 30. Hosting Options • DEVNET Hosts • County Hosts
  31. 31. DEVNET Hosting • Preferred option • Costs the same as county hosting • We have more in-house hosting experience than most county IT • Better facilities than most counties • DEVNET manages the whole process (data transfers, applying updates, etc.)
  32. 32. County Hosting • Substantial startup cost (SQL Server,Windows Server, plus hardware) • These costs are in addition to what you already have to run DEVNET software (do NOT run wEdge sites on your production servers) • DEVNET does not manage data transfers to the web server (extra cost) • DEVNET only supports the app, not the infrastructure (extra charge)
  33. 33. Demo!!!
  34. 34. Future Plans
  35. 35. Subscriptions • Free (monitoring) or paid (revenue generation) • Free subscriptions nice for controlling access to data • For revenue generation, give some info for free, all data for fee • Collect fees online (certain payment providers only) • API for other online services to use
  36. 36. Mobility • Make wEdge sites responsive • Look and behave equally well on desktops, tablets, and phones. • Currently best on desktops, laptops, and iPads. Other devices are usable to varying degrees.
  37. 37. CSV result export
  38. 38. CSV result export
  39. 39. Tax Bill Reprints • Get a reprint of your tax bill online • Currently, for free only • Investigating opportunities to generate revenue for counties with this (i.e., continue to generate duplicate bill fees for this service)
  40. 40. Email Notifications • YES THIS INCLUDES TAX BILLS!!! :) • Users can sign up for online assessment notices, notification of tax payments, and much more. • Flexible system for defining, editing, and sending emails.
  41. 41. Email Notifications
  42. 42. Email Notifications
  43. 43. Email Notifications
  44. 44. Email Notifications
  45. 45. Administrative Dashboard
  46. 46. More Timely Data Updates • Transfer database changes, not entire database • Potential to run multiple times per day
  47. 47. Security • Image redaction by category • Individual image redaction • Redaction by name • Payment redaction options
  48. 48. Questions?
  49. 49. Thanks! For more information: http://www.devnetinc.com info@devnetinc.com

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