Web Basics – Updated Content

Having up to date content on your website is potentially one of the most important things you can do as a small business or municipality. Think about it, why do you have a website? If you’re a business you want your website to be informative and act as an instrumental marketing tool. You want your website to tell a story about your business and bring in customers. As a municipality you want to provide as much relevant information as possible about your local government. You want to make sure that your residents, tourists, prospective residents, and businesses looking to invest in your area are able to find what they need easily. So what content should you put on your site?… Read More

MTA On The Road Conference 2017

October was a busy month for the Shumaker Technology Group. We were pleased to attend every “MTA On The Road” event presented by the Michigan Townships Association during the month of October. We traveled all around the state of Michigan exhibiting at a total of 9 different areas: Grand Rapids, Ludington, Traverse City, Chelsea, Kalamazoo, West Branch, Petoskey, Alpena and Mt. Pleasant.

STG was accompanied by hundreds of municipal officials including clerks, supervisors, treasurers, and trustees. We met plenty of new people in many different areas that we had never been to before. It was great to experience the different demographic areas and help educate the locals about the importance of technology.

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Going Paperless

More and more today you hear of people “going paperless,” and there are many reasons why it is a crucial tool for a 21st century business. If you haven’t heard, going paperless is moving the mountains of paperwork you have in a series of filing cabinets taking up valuable office space into the cloud. Below are some benefits that make going paperless a necessity in a modern business.

  • Being able to respond to a question by a customer immediately without having to dig through a series of filing cabinets
  • Save money by avoiding printing documents and then having to pay an employee to waste time finding the same document
  • Avoiding misfiled documents that become lost forever in the abyss that
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Some Advice about Free Software

After a visit to my parents house recently it has become crystal clear that people who ought to know better about some pretty easy web basics do not.  So here is a post about some things to look out for when you are downloading something from the internet.

The example I put above is a common question you are asked when installing Java, and many other programs will also prompt you for downloads of a more annoying nature.  The Ask toolbar from the above example is a fairly harmless form of Bloatware, which is unwanted software included by the manufacturer of a product.  If paired with other toolbars, it can eventually slow your browser to a halt, but by itself … Read More

Benefits of Digital Workflow Systems

 

Digital Workflow Systems help to increase efficiency by digitally carrying out routine tasks without taking up your employee’s time.

 

Workflow is run by setting up a trigger system, which, put simply, are actions, that trigger other actions.
Triggers can be actions done by the user, or within the system itself, such as a new document being uploaded, field updates, document expiration, initiating approval processes etc.
Actions are things like: initiating approval processes, moving content from one location to another, sending out email alerts, putting things in an users work queue, etc. These actions can even launch other applications, which is commonly used to invoke integration scripts or export documents.
The system, of course, is not limited by regular business Read More