Watchung Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – August 17, 2018 –  The Borough of Watchung, of Somerset County, has selected the SDL Enterprise License for use throughout their municipality. With the Enterprise License, the borough will have access to all features of the SDL Municipal Management Software, including SDL Desktop, SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and the SDL Citizen app.

Watchung will be utilizing the software throughout a number of their municipal offices, including Building, Land Use, Engineering, Fire Prevention, Clerk, Pet and Public Works. We are very happy to have Watchung as a new client, and we look forward to assisting them with the implementation of SDL Desktop, SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and SDL Citizen.

Borough of Glassboro Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – July 23, 2018 –  The Borough of Glassboro, of Gloucester County, has recently chosen the SDL Enterprise License for use throughout a number of their municipal offices.  With the use of the Enterprise License, Glassboro will be able to utilize all platforms of the SDL Municipal Management Software, including SDL Desktop, SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and the SDL Citizen app.

Currently Glassboro has chosen to launch the SDL software throughout their Building, Health, Clerk, Pet Licensing, Fire Prevention, Public Works, Utility, and Code Enforcement departments. We are very happy to have Glassboro as a new client, and we look forward to working with them in the future and assisting with the launch of their software.

Stratford Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – July 6, 2018 –  The Borough of Stratford, of Camden County, has recently selected the SDL Enterprise License for use throughout their municipality.  The Enterprise License will give Stratford access to all features of the SDL Municipal Management Software, including SDL Desktop, SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and the SDL Citizen app.

At this time, Stratford has chosen to launch the SDL software for their Construction department. We are very thrilled to have Stratford as a new client, and we look forward to working with them in the future and assisting with the launch of their software.

Montague Upgrades to SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – July 5, 2018 – Montague Township, of Sussex County, has recently upgraded to the SDL Enterprise License. The Enterprise License will give Montague access to SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and SDL Citizen, in addition to their current use of the SDL Desktop software.

With the SDL Mobile app, Montague will be able to give their inspectors the ability to start, update and complete inspections from in the field. The SDL Portal will provide their township administrators, employees and citizens instant and easy access to township data, maps and requests. Township citizens also have the ability to access data and submit requests from the Portal and from the SDL Citizen app.

Montague has been a client of SDL since 2010, when they implemented the software within their Fire Prevention and Land Use departments. We are very happy to continue working with Montague and we are looking forward to assisting them with this expansion of their software.

Vernon Upgrades to SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – June 29 , 2018 – Vernon Township, of Sussex County, recently decided to upgrade to the SDL Enterprise License. With the upgrade to the Enterprise License, Vernon will now have access to SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and SDL Citizen, in addition to their current use of the core SDL Desktop software.

With the SDL Mobile app, Vernon will be able to give their inspectors the ability to start, update and complete inspections from in the field. The SDL Portal will provide their township administrators, employees and citizens instant and easy access to township data, maps and requests. Township citizens also have the ability to access data and submit requests from the Portal and from the SDL Citizen app.

Vernon has been using the SDL software since 2004, and will be continuing their use of the software within multiple departments across their municipality. We are very happy to continue working with Vernon and we are looking forward to assisting them with this expansion.

NJMMA Summer Conference

SOMERSET, NJ – June 18, 2018 – Spatial Data Logic will be in Iselin this Wednesday for the New Jersey Municipal Management Association’s 1-Day Summer Conference. Make sure you stop by the SDL table to see a demo of our latest software update and to learn about our newest platform: SDL Citizen. SDL will be at table 10, located near the general session room.

The conference will take place at APA Hotel Woodbridge, this Wednesday, June 20 beginning at 8 am. The full agenda for the conference can be found here. For more information regarding the conference, visit the NJMMA website.

Ridgefield Park Upgrades to SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – June 14, 2018 – The Village of Ridgefield Park, of Bergen County, has recently chosen to upgrade to the SDL Enterprise License. With this upgrade, Ridgefield Park will now have access to SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and SDL Citizen, in addition to their current use of the SDL Desktop software.

With the Enterprise License, Ridgefield Park will be able to give their inspectors the ability to start, update and complete inspections from in the field, with the use of the SDL Mobile app. The SDL Portal will provide their administrators, employees and citizens instant and easy access to borough data, maps and requests. Citizens also have the ability to access data and submit requests from the Portal and from the SDL Citizen app.

Ridgefield Park has been a client of SDL’s since 2010, when they implemented the SDL municipal management software throughout their Building and Land Use departments. They will continue their use of the software within Building and Land Use, in addition to their Code Enforcement office.   We are very happy to continue working with Ridgefield Park, and we look forward to assisting them with the expansion of their software.

SDL Features You May not Know About

Very often, a municipal government winds up owning important data that’s not connected to the municipal management system. Sometimes it’s delivered by a consultant, or the state, or is the result of a one-off project that relied on contractors. In many cases, it would make sense if that data could be linked to existing data. However, folks usually assume that that would involve an expensive and lengthy custom project.

Over the years, SDL clients have asked about the data that they owned and wished could be tied into their SDL data. When there’s enough interest, or the idea just plain makes sense, SDL’s Desktop development team can often find a way to make things happen and give them to users as part of a maintenance release. The result of this is new functionality that you may find useful and already have available…if only you knew about it.

SDL Desktop has a number of built-in data import tools that exist because an SDL user asked for them. Some of these may be useful to you…but, more importantly, when you have a need that’s not already in the software, we’d like you to reach out and tell us about it. (While we take all software suggestions into consideration, we cannot guarantee that every idea will be seen in an update of the software; however, many of SDL Desktop’s current features started as requests from our users.) Some important, but lesser-known tools and features found in the SDL Desktop software include Importing Tax Map Data, Importing Parcel Pictures, Importing VCS Data and Property Notifications. 

Importing Tax Map Data

Many SDL clients have wondered whether they could import tax map data into the Desktop software. Parcel maps are not always accurate and deeds are often complex, so the tax map is often considered to be the right balance between accuracy and usability for homeowners, or others who want to easily identify property boundaries.

In order to file that link, users will need:

  1. Block/Lot/Qualifier info
  2. The number of the map sheet that includes the property
  3. A link (either a local link or a URL to maps hosted online)

If you’re using SDL Desktop, have tax map data and would like to import it, we would be happy to show you how.

Importing Parcel Pictures

Suppose you need to share or use specific property pictures not available via Google Maps… that’s not a problem with the Desktop software. If you have the photos (or are planning to get them), let us know and we can show you how to organize them so they can be used in your Desktop environment in a matter of minutes.

Importing VCS Data

The town you work for may be one of over 200 municipalities in New Jersey who have contracted Appraisal Systems, Inc. to assess property values. If that’s the case, you already own useful VCS data that can be pulled into your SDL Desktop software.

What is VCS data?

When properties are re-assessed, appraisers treat a municipality as a collection of neighborhoods, where each building in a neighborhood shares some characteristics with others. The idea is that changes in the relative values of properties are partly tied to the neighborhood. If a waterfront area becomes popular, property values on the water might appreciate more quickly than properties further inland, so it’s useful to define a waterfront neighborhood for purposes of assessment.

The VCS data set is the table that links each property’s address to its assessed values, but also to an entire neighborhood, offering a free data point to an SDL user in the tax assessor’s office.

When a tax assessor in Essex County asked if the data could be imported and tied to the SDL database, the SDL Desktop team came up with the VCS Data Import tool, a free upgrade for SDL users. While the data in the figure below is fictional, it shows a data set in the format delivered as part of Appraisal Systems, Inc.’s re-valuation process. If you have block/lot/qualifier information and VCS values (shown as “NHBD” in column E below), and you need it in your data set, give us a call. You might be using this in SDL Desktop sooner than you think.

Property Notifications

Whenever data is shared across a municipality, it makes sense that co-workers can share information with one another. This isn’t a new idea, but some Desktop users occasionally find themselves calling colleagues to say “You need to know that this property…” Some of them have asked whether we could help with that, so we added Property Notifications to the software.

The Property Notifications feature lets Desktop users share circumstantial information across departments. While the municipal team itself decides what kinds of notifications can be made available via a dropdown box, typical selections are “Historic District”, “Vicious Pet” (a good one when your colleagues are visiting properties every day), “Vacant Property”, “Sewer/Septic” and pretty much anything you think could help avoid problems in day-to-day business.

Notifications can be manually deactivated, but since no one wants to set reminders for things to do in the distant future, you can set an expiration date when you set up the notification.

Let us Know What you Think

So there you go… you now know of several useful features that you already have available to you (and at no extra cost), all because your colleagues asked if they were possible. We hope you find them useful. And remember, we understand that every day brings new challenges to your job. If you have an idea, and we can help you out with it, we’d love to hear from you.

If you need assistance with any of these features, be sure to contact our support team at (732) 357-1280 or support@spatialdatalogic.com.

SDL Desktop – User Management Shortcuts

It can be a little nerve-wracking to be the administrator of a critical business system like the SDL Desktop. Managing user permissions can be a challenge when your user list and/or business process change frequently.

If you are an SDL administrator, you may not know that we’ve given users a couple of shortcuts to help mange permissions more effectively and efficiently. Here’s a quick look at how to make mass changes to user permissions in just a few seconds. *Please note that the processes described here may sound more difficult than they are… once you’ve read through and made some of the changes described, you may never need to refer to this again.

It probably doesn’t need to be said, but with great power comes great responsibility… please use this carefully and wisely. If you have any doubts, please reach out to our support staff (732-357-1280 or support@spataildatalogic.com) and we will be happy to help you through the process.

Changing Permissions or Data Grid Access for Multiple Users

 

 

First, go to the System selection on the data grid, and scroll down to the Users selection at the bottom. Double-click on a user’s name in the data grid to bring up the User Account Editor dialog box. If the User Account Editor dialog box doesn’t appear, your account might not have administrative rights.

 

 

 

When the User Account Editor opens, you have the following options and functionality:

User Module Assignments

To see which modules are accessible by which users, simply click the drop-down menu (1) in the upper left of the dialog and select a module. You can select users one-by-one by ticking the check bit next to each name. To toggle the entire list, click the “Invert Users” link underneath the section.

Double-clicking on a user’s name brings up the user dialog box (just like when you’re working in the Administration account), from which you can modify basic account settings (e.g. Name, Title, Password, etc.) and tag a user as either active or inactive.

User Groups

To help you manage permissions of groups of people who aren’t necessarily in the same department (or don’t comprise an entire department) you can create, edit or delete User Groups in the dialog box in the bottom left corner (2) of the User Account Editor window.

After selecting a group of users, (whether one-by-one or by loading a User Group you’ve saved earlier), you can select a set of permissions or data grids by selecting the appropriate tab and either set them or remove them for all the users you’ve selected.

Just pick the tab, then the module (3) in which you are setting or deleting permissions. Finally, select one of the three buttons on the window (4). If you’re working in the Permissions tab, the three buttons are:

  • Add these permissions to these users – turn on the selected permissions without changing any other selections for these users.
  • Overwrite these permissions from these users – turn on the selected permissions, but turn off all other permissions for the module for selected users
  • Remove the permissions of the selected users – turn off the selected permissions without changing any other selections for these users

If you’re working in the Datagrids tab, the three buttons are:

  • Add these datagrids to these users – turn on the selected datagrids without changing any other selections for these users.
  • Remove these datagrids from these users – turn off the selected datagrids without changing any other selections for these users
  • Reset User datagrids with Selected – turn on only the selected datagrids for these users and turn off all others

Permission and Datagrid Groups

You can also save common combinations of user permissions and datagrids and recall them when needed. For example, every new employee in, say, the construction office may need the same set of permissions as every other, so instead of going through each permission setting, you can create a set of permissions, save that set, and apply it with a single mouse click whenever a new hire joins that team.

To create, edit or delete a group of permissions or datagrids, use the window in the top right corner (5) of the User Account Editor dialog.

Set by User

Finally, there may be a user in the system whose permissions and/or datagrid assignments are exactly what you want to assign to another user (or set of users). In that case, you can copy that user’s permissions and datagrid assignments by using the Set By User hyperlink (6) near the right-hand side of the User Account Editor dialog. Simply select a user from the Users list on the top left, then click the Set By User link. Finally, select the users to whom you want to copy those settings, click the “Add these datagrids to these users” (or “Reset User datagrids with Selected” if you want to enable only these permissions and/or datagrid assignments for these users) button and you’re finished.

Summary

As was mentioned earlier, these processes might seem a bit involved because we’re putting a lot of control into a single dialog box. We hope that once you get used to using the new features, you’ll spend a lot less time making repetitive changes from System Administrator’s access.

As is almost always the case, this feature was added because an SDL Desktop user had a good idea, realized it would make her more efficient, and shared it with us. While we can’t promise we’ll implement every feature that’s requested of us, we try to make constant improvements based on what you need. If you have a suggestion, a question, or even just want to ask, “What if the software could…”, we’re always happy to hear from you.

 

Borough of Oakland Upgrades to SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – May 25, 2018 – The Borough of Oakland, of Bergen County, has recently upgraded to the SDL Enterprise License. With the Enterprise License, Oakland will have access to SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and SDL Citizen, in addition to their current use of the core SDL Desktop software.

With this new expansion, Oakland will be able to give their inspectors the ability to start, update and complete inspections from in the field, with the use of the SDL Mobile app. The SDL Portal will provide their borough administrators, employees and citizens instant and easy access to borough data, maps and requests. Borough citizens also have the ability to access data and submit requests from the Portal and from the SDL Citizen app.

At this time, Oakland has decided to continue use of the SDL software within their building department. We are very happy to continue working with Oakland and we are looking forward to assisting them with this expansion.

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