Equitech Information Systems
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-- Equitech Information Systems is pleased to announce its partnership with
Stone County in delivering state-of-the-art software solutions to the southwest
"We're just excited about the flexibility Equitech offers," says Vicki
May, collector for Stone County. "We can see the potential in this
Adds Allen Berkstresser, the countyıs assessor: ³This is so friendly, one
(computer) screen can pull all the items you use and need, as opposed to 36
screens² with the countyıs old computer system.
The new Equitech system includes the use of Virtual Private Networks, a
leading-edge technology that allows Stone County to use sophisticated taxation
and collection software, without being saddled with the burden of huge licensing
fees associated with most software programs. Equitech's VPN utilizes the same
technology that the National Security Agency uses for classified information.
The partnership with Stone
County will result in lower government costs and a streamlined, enhanced flow of
information within the courthouse. Instead of purchasing software programs that
often cost upwards of $80,000, Stone County can access the same software via
high-speed data lines from Equitech's office in Springfield. The software is
used directly from Equitech's secure servers; the county does not pay a
Additional savings are realized when county workers have
questions about Equitech's software. Technical assistance with Equitech doesn't
rely on calling an office and waiting days for an answer or a visit from a
computer technician; Equitech and Stone County are linked together via data
lines, ensuring a virtually uninterrupted flow of information
between the company and the county.
Where else will Stone County government and its taxpayers see savings?
Equipment costs are lower with the Equitech system, because
Equitech's software doesn't rely on costly mainframe computers or complex
desktop processing power. Personal computers installed by Equitech handle the
entire flow of information about assessments and collections in the Ozarks
county. Such a dedicated system offers advantages in two distinct areas, May
says. While many county employees are unfamiliar with monolithic computer
mainframes, almost everyone knows how to use a PC, she says.
"And while we do have PCs," May says, "they've also had to handle
word processing" and other office functions. "This puts us back on the
main focus of our jobs."
That focus, May says, is much sharper now. "We've been on a
(different) computer system since the early '80s, but we've never really seen
the flexibility that this system has the potential of having," May says of
the Equitech suite of solutions. "We're actually able to inquire and call
up, on screen, the names of people who have paid particular tax bills, and see
when the checks were deposited. We were tied to a system that was pretty much
Too, May says, there was a lack of specific information tied to each tax record
in Stone County. "We weren't even able to say how a tax bill was paid each
year," she notes. "We simply posted it as paid, not whether it was
cash, check, charge or money order." The Equitech system, she says, easily
allows such specifics to be attached to each tax record.
Taxpayers in Stone County will soon be able to do something that's impossible
for residents in most other counties, May says: "We'll actually have a Web
site where people can go in and inquire on their taxes. We'll even see on-line
"We're not afraid of change in Stone County," May says.
Berkstresser says the switch from an old, COBOL-based system to the Equitech way
"is going really, really well. We had the conversion of data, which was
easy, then the training, which was quick and simple. Now the employees are
really learning how to use it and even think up new ways and easier ways of
doing things. Itıs a very friendly system."
Equitech Information Systems is a Springfield, Missouri-based corporation
providing peerless taxation software solutions for the new century. The
company's forward-thinking approach includes the use of sophisticated Virtual
Private Networks to deliver secure, high-speed connections to counties using
EquiAssessor and EquiCollector software designed exclusively for county
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