Tuesday, May 29, 2012

halFILE 4.0 Prerequisites

Get an early start on your transition to halFILE 4.0.  Just click here: http://update.halfile.com and you will be able to install the prerequisites on your workstations in preparation for the upcoming release of halFILE 4.0.  This will be a required first step for anyone wishing to upgrade to halFILE 4.0  If you would like to get on the list of early adopters please email support@halfile.com and let us know.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Spring Road Trips!

Greetings... April and May have given me the opportunity to visit with some great people.  Here's a summary:

Tehama County (Red Bluff), CA
On April 18th Richard Hahn and I visited with hal System clients in the Tehama County Tax Collector and Assessor offices. They took time away from their demanding schedules to meet with us and allowed us to observe their workflow. We answered some questions, made a few recommendations, and came away with some great ideas.

On the following day, the Tehama County Recorder’s office graciously hosted a meeting.  Patrick Honny (Executive Director with CeRTNA), Richard and I spent the day with hal clients from 6 northern CA Recorder offices.
We began with a tour and e-Recording demonstration.  Tehama County has been beta testing the hal-CeRNTA G2G interface over the past several months, beginning with electronic submissions from the CA Board of Equalization, followed by the Department of Employment.  The demo illustrated how much time electronic submissions save.  The Recorder's office is looking forward to adding more government submitters followed by full ERDS.

During lunch the group shared and compared how halFILE is being utilized within various county departments.  Afterward we focused on some of the new features bundled into CountyCashier 3.5 and halFILE 4.0 followed by discussions on troubleshooting and ways hal Systems can further facilitate daily duties and improve response time.

West Des Moines, IA
On Monday, May 7th, I was an exhibitor at the Iowa Land Title Association’s annual convention in West Des Moines.  The welcome was warm and the weather was perfect (and gas was only $3.39 per gallon!). 

halFILE is used to maintain title plants in 17 Iowa counties.  Many clients attended the conference. It was great opportunity to check in and catch up.  Everyone is staying busy and eager to see version 4.0.
The agenda was packed with interesting speakers.  The Association generously allotted each Exhibitor with 15 minutes in front of the group on Monday afternoon.  I used the time to provide an overview of hal Systems’ software and services.

Congratulations to John Eisenman!  John was named Title Person of the Year at the banquet Monday night for his numerous contributions to ILTA and his community.  John, along with his partner Mark Mallicoat, own Abstract and Title Guaranty with offices in Clinton and Maquoketa.  They have been valued clients for over 12 years.

I’m headed to Rapid City in June for the South Dakota Land Title conference.  Come see me!