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May 2012 - Vol. 4
Innoprise Insider
Building the Intelligent Enterprise
© MS Govern 2012

In this Issue...

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Innoprise User Group Meeting, customer go live, early adopter program update, and more!

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New Faces

Introducing Donna

MS Govern is pleased to welcome our newest Application Consultant for our ERP team: Donna Sauve.
Donna has a long history working in municipal government and comes to us most recently from Harris' NorthStar Business Unit.
Donna worked in Municipal Government for 14 years in Massachusetts (6 years with Littleton Light and Water Dept. and 8 years with Concord Municipal Light Plant) as a Business Manager/Accountant prior to joining Harris Computer Systems as an Application Consultant. She first worked with Harris from 1997 to 2000 implementing the Financial and CIS package at that time. She left Harris to do independent consulting and was hired by WPPI (Wisconsin Public Power Inc.) in 2001 to 2004. WPPI is a joint action agency for 30 plus Municipal Electric, Water and Gas agencies. She was hired as a Project Manager to help implement the NorthStar CIS application to 30 of their customers. In 2004, she returned to Harris Computer Systems as an Application Consultant Implementing the NorthStar CIS product and in 2010, she started implementing the Cayenta Financial system as part of the NorthStar package.
When she is not working, Donna enjoys cooking, reading, working in her vegetable garden, and spending time with her family. 

Contact Donna.

Customer Buzz

We always appreciate it when customers take the time to write in to recognize occasions when our employees go above and beyond; we call this feature “Customer Buzz.” After receiving permission from the customer, we post their comments on our Blog and What Clients Say About Us page.
Pat Weber, Finance Director for the City of Billings, MT, wrote in to thank Bailey and other ERP team members for report training:
"Bailey, I want to thank you again. You did a great job with the training as I have got nothing but thanks from the City staff for the report training. You, Robert, Dave and Charisse have been great to work with and have been very dedicated to getting the City moving in the right direction with regards to Innoprise."

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Congratulations to the City of Frederick, MD!

We're happy to announce that the City of Frederick, Maryland is now live on Innoprise Financials. This is the City's second Innoprise implementation; it has been running the Innoprise Community Development module since November 2010.

The City of Frederick is the hub of arts, culture, commerce and government within Frederick County. Located less than an hour from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, Frederick is the second largest city in Maryland with 65,000 residents. Frederick offers a balanced and thriving economy, a highly educated workforce, and a quality of life that is nothing short of enviable.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Innoprise User Group Meeting

Here are the top five reasons you should put the event on your calendar today!

5 – Make Lasting Connections

No person is an island. Connecting with each other improves productivity and creates ongoing learning opportunities long after the event comes to a close. There is no better opportunity to ask questions, share best practices, learn new tips and tricks, mingle with senior staff, and get to know your peers than at the 2012 Innoprise User Group.

4 – Glimpse the Future

Be the first to know and hear it from the horse’s mouth: Bryce (Vice President of R&D) will reveal the Innoprise product roadmap for 2012 and beyond; Dennis (Executive Vice President) will explain why our motto this year is “Accelerate,” and what that means for you (don’t worry, it’s a good thing!).

3 – Accelerate Your Learning

We’re packing 24 sessions into a day and a half, providing you with an extensive choice of round table discussions, technical training, and recent or upcoming enhancements to Innoprise products ranging from Tax, Financials, Payroll, CIS, Community Development, and more.

2 – Take It With You

Don’t keep all that you’ve learned to yourself – take it home and share the newly-found insights, processes and tips with others in your organization, thus increasing the value of your software investment.

1 – Embrace the Opportunity 

Where else can you receive more than 10 hours of training for the bargain price of $300? You’ll save over $1,000* just by attending!
*compared to our regular hourly rate of $165.

Ameristar Casino, Black Hawk, CO

The 2012 Innoprise User Group meeting (July 12-13, 2012 in Black Hawk, CO) is quickly approaching. Have YOU registered yet? 

Conference Details

When: July 12-13, 2012
Where: Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, Black Hawk, CO

Download the Registration Packet

Please Note: ***Registration will not be processed until payment is received. Space is Limited! You must register by June 13, 2012.*** 


We’ve added a welcome reception to the IUG agenda. If you haven’t made your travel arrangements yet, please plan to join us Wednesday evening, July 11, from 5-7pm at Ameristar for drinks, snacks and mingling.

Questions? Comments?

Contact Farrell Clancy at
Toll-free: 800.383.6029 x335
Direct: 314.275.8877 x335
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in July!
*We will communicate additional details about this event as they become available, and they will also be posted on our Blog. Remember to follow along with user group details on Twitter using hashtag #IUG12.   


Look for Innoprise at these Upcoming Events

June 10-12, 2012: GFOA’s 106th Annual Conference
Government Finance Officers Association
McCormick Place West Building
Chicago, IL
Innoprise Suite and CAFR Unlimited
Booth #525

Early Adopter Program - Q2 Update

As you may already be aware, we are underway with our Innoprise Early Adopter Program, which is a program to help exisitng GEMS customers migrate to our flagship Enterprise Resource Planning offering: Innoprise. Our first two GEMS customers to implement the Innoprise Suite are Johnson County, TX and the City of Durango, CO. Here is a little bit more about them:

Johnson County, TX

Johnson County has been an MS Govern customer since 2004 and will be implementing the Innoprise Financial suite(General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Purchasing, Fixed Assets, Central Cash Receipting, and Budget Preparation). Implementation has begun with an estimated go live in Q3 2012. Currently they do not use the GEMS Payroll/Human Resources applications but will implement the Innoprise Payroll/Human Resources/Employee Portal during a phase II implementation plan.

Dan Milam, IT Director for the County said, “For the past two years, Johnson County Information Technology has worked to raise the bar and set the standard for others to follow. We strive to provide exceptional solutions and first class support. Becoming an Innoprise Early Adopter fit within our strategy to deliver the best software we could find at a price we could afford. The move to Innoprise will deliver more functionality, increase end user productivity and reduce help desk costs. We are excited to be chosen as an early adopter and appreciate the opportunity to lead the way.”

The City of Durango, CO

The City of Durango, CO has been an MS Govern customer since 1997. In addition to using the GEMS modules, the City also uses the GOVERN Community Solution. Durango is upgrading to Innoprise Financials (General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Purchasing, Inventory, and Fixed Assets); Payroll, Human Resources, Employee Portal; CIS, Utility Billing, and Citizen Access (Water, Sewer, and Trash).

Although Durango is still in the early stages of planning implementation, Julie Brown, Director of Finance for the City expressed her enthusiasm about the program: “The City of Durango is excited to be involved with the Innoprise Early Adopter program. Being a long-time GEMS customer we were excited to jump on the opportunity to upgrade to the new Innoprise software and look forward to all it can do for us. The new features and functionality that are present in the new software was a large driver in volunteering to be an early adopter.”
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