Visual Studio Project Conversion to Version 2010

Visual Studio Project Conversion to Version 2010

The end of May is here, and this month we have converted most of our projects to the New Visual Studio 2010. The conversions were very easy, and painless. Since Crystal Reports for Visual Studio 2010 will not be released until July this year (still in BETA) we will not release any systems until it has been released and we test a lot! I have noticed a few bugs, but nothing serious. The speed of the new Visual Studio is nice, and I like the user interface very well. There are some new tools and functions with the new .Net Framework 4.0 that we will be using in our new releases this year. I highly recommend moving to Visual Studio 2010, however since some items are still in BETA, We here at Adept will be holding off a few months releasing any systems that are developed in Visual Studio 2010. So far I have been very impressed with this release, I will post anything that comes up with this release that might cause problems in the future.

NYC invests $300,000 into tech startup!

NYC invests $300,000 into tech startup! (CNN)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a surprise appearance Tuesday at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference to unveil the debut investment from the NYC's new Entrepreneurial Fund, which will take stakes in promising technology startups.

Bloomberg — who knows a few things about building businesses — pledged to give Silicon Valley a run for its money on cultivating tech startups.

"If you have an idea, New York City is the city for you," he told the crowd at TechCrunch's conference. "In New York City, we understand that innovation drives economic growth. We're nurturing information technology."

New York City is a better place than Silicon Valley period for technology. Being from Northern California, New York City is just perfect for software development corporations, and anything technology base, and I believe like Mayor Bloomberg,  New york City will be know for Tech, and in the years to come Tech will be the primary business for New York City!

Menus in Adept Enterprise 2010

Menus in Adept Enterprise 2010

Menus are very important features with any enterprise wide software system. One very important feature is the ability to create custom menus by permit type, or activity type. The Adept Enterprise system has a lot of these features. Not every permit type will need all these features.

We give the user the ability to create their menus by permit type and subtype within the admin setup system which is provided, so the government can keep their system current and make modifications at anytime. Some permit types are not required to have approvals, or modifications the user can turn this menu item off without any programming what so ever. This makes the menu system an important navigation tool, not just a giant list of menu items that the user only uses one or two.

Our mission in development is to provide the tools that our clients require, and to keep the user interface clean, and easy to navigate.


Should we purchase a Windows or Web Land Management software system?

Should we purchase a Windows or Web Land Management software system?

This is a very good question. I personally have designed and implemented both windows and web enterprise systems. Three years ago I would have said go with Windows. I was concerned about these web-systems since 1998 to 2007, the slow query speeds when dealing with the large amount of government records, Browser issues, and especially the security problems. You don't want to log into your web-based enterprise system and see Commercial Viagra Permits being issued with Sex inspections and tasks over due! Your City or County commissioners wouldn't be very happy, along with the cost of cleaning up the millions of bad data records…. those bad web bots can cause serious destruction when a database exposed to the web and is compromised. Along with the huge expense of implementing these systems, the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) is a lot based upon the government processes that are so unique to that government. Since 2007 forward my concerns on web-based systems are gone… based on NEW Technology!

So it’s a very big decision based upon your business rules, and the technology direction your government is moving towards. The only true differences in capabilities I have experienced between windows and web based implementations is the fact that the web-based system is installed on a server in ONE PLACE, while the windows system is installed on every computer that needs to run it. Both web and windows system designs still connect to the database server and communicate to other systems the government is using like GIS, Tax Assessor, Special Magistrate Court, and anything else the government needs to leverage.

Keeping the latest version of the windows client on all 500 Plus computers can be a challenge, we solved that many years ago with our Auto update system, but the web-based system you don't need the client updates. Also what is nice with the web-based system is when you have that one painful computer that never works you know it’s not your system causing the problem. IT cannot pass the blame to your department or the vendor. From the Vendor's point of view it’s easier to release updates. You update the server, not all the workstations. Make sure the web-based system does not require some client install; our web-based systems do not. If you have a vendor proposing a web-based system that requires a client install run away from it! I would focus on .Net Web-Applications.

As SaaS (Software as a Service) takes over the Market, its good to have web-based systems that can leverage these future systems. I also noticed it was easier for the users to learn the web-based system than the windows-based system. Training was a lot easier! In the field operations was very easy, and painless since we used the same system in the field as we did in the office.

Software companies today pitching that web-based systems are bad, are behind the times. We here at Adept Technologies have both Windows and Web-based Enterprise systems with the exact same functionality. If the customer wants the Windows system they can purchase it, if they want the web-based system they can purchase it, in some cases they purchase both. If I was tasked to make the decision of purchasing either a web-based or windows-based enterprise system to run my organization I would purchase the web-based system. Not only a web-based but a Private Cloud Web-based system. This system runs outside your firewall exposed to all the nastiness and scary bots and hackers. Just image the nightmares your IT department will have, until they are trained on this new technology. Our web-based systems are unique. It is even being used by scuba-divers in the field doing underwater inspections. I don't think the windows-based system would work…hard drives don't like water and extreme pressures.

Functionality is the same across both platforms, however we have noticed the query speeds of the ADO communication between users read and write functions are faster on the web-based systems. We also gave the windows data grid feel of our web-based systems; I personally like the paging functionality in the web systems.


There is no single right answer when choosing Windows versus Web, but many contributing factors might lead you to one solution over another.


Paying for multiple fees on multiples permits, with multiple payment tenders at once

Paying for multiple fees on multiples permits, with multiple payment tenders at once with Adept Enterprise

The Adept Enterprise Land Management system has many advanced features to help speed up the processes of government activities that provide better services to citizens. One of these functions is the built in Group function that allows the government departments and citizens to create multiple Building permits and other department activities like Planning, Code Enforcement, Public Works, Solid Waste, Engineering, Fire and Safety, and Shoreline Management assigned to multiple site addresses, multiple contractors, along with all the computerized fee generations by the group application.

When it becomes time to pay for all these activities, the Adept Enterprise system allows the citizen to pay for each activity, or allows them to pay for all of fees in one transaction. Not only are all these fees broken down by GL account codes and assigned to multiple activities like Commercial Building Permit, Commercial Electrical Permit, Sign permit, Mechanical, Plumbing, and so on, along with additional fees, the built in payment system allows to pay for the fees using Multiple Payment tenders for that one transaction.

There are many times when a contractor or home owner needs to pay for their activity fees using checks, echeck, credit cards, cash, and Trust/Escrow accounts. We allow that one transaction to be paid via an unlimited amount of payment tenders. This makes the difficult task of accepting payments from the customer into a very easy task. Our echeck tracking verifies check payment transactions, which prevents NSF at the time of the transaction.

The build-in group functions of the Adept Enterprise system saves time and money.