City’s buggy software project making good progress toward completion, officials say

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City administration discussed the status of the project as part of a comprehensive review of second quarter activities at City Hall during the recent City Council meeting.

The city hall’s buggy enterprise resource planning (ERP) software project appears to be moving towards completion, less than a month after a councilman complained about the project’s continued delays.

City administration discussed the status of the project as part of a comprehensive review of second quarter activities at City Hall during the recent City Council meeting.

“It was a bit slower over the summer, obviously with vacations from us and MNP (Meyers Norris Penny). But we are moving forward,” Chief Financial Officer Brian Acker said.

From April 1 to June 30, the city hall fully implemented several modules related to the ERP system, he continued, including utility billing, cash management, customer accounts, licenses (dogs and businesses ), Dynamics GP general ledger, Questica (operating budget), Questica (capital budget), and Caseware, financial statement preparation software.

Meanwhile, the town hall is working on the implementation of a taxation system module which should go live on January 1, 2023.

“It’s one of our most important systems, so there’s a lot of effort going into that one,” Acker said.

Other modules the city is working to implement include a virtual town hall program that is expected to go live in mid-October, an e-billing program that will go live once the Virtual Town Hall will be active and a Business Central program which includes areas such as Purchasing/Inventory, Project Management/Works Costing, Cash Management, General Ledger and Accounts Payable.

The city hall has just completed a “discovery phase” of this project with MNP Digital, which is providing the municipality with a blueprint for the overall system based on discussions with the city, Acker added. City officials will review this plan and either approve it or suggest changes. MNP Digital will then build the system and upload all the data provided by the town hall.

“Good progress has been made. (We’re) very excited about e-billing and Virtual Town Hall,” City Manager Jim Puffalt said. looking forward to providing further information.”

The next regular council meeting will be on Monday, September 12.

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