Iowa’s Largest Counties Upgrade Software with Manatron: Portage-based Manatron Inc. announced that it has been awarded the contracts for Iowa’s Polk and Linn counties, which will use Manatron’s GRM integrated property tax software and related professional services. Through a competitive RFP process, Polk County selected Manatron. Polk, Iowa’s largest county, which also includes the state’s largest city (Des Moines), serves a constituency of more than 430,000 and its offices are responsible for the property tax revenues exceeding $1 billion annually.  Manatron expects to launch the GRM software in Polk County in late 2011. Linn County, the second largest county in Iowa, has a population of 200,000 and its offices are responsible for the billing, collection and apportionment of property tax revenues of more than $300 million annually. Manatron plans to roll out the first components of its Linn County GRM installation in late 2011. The counties were seeking to replace their current systems with updated software capable of integrating key departments. Manatron’s GRM software is a Microsoft .Net-established program that is entirely Web-based. The program is expected to reduce work for treasurer’s departments and IT staff, thanks to an integrated database and automatic interfaces allowing user-friendly functionality and customizable features. As part of their service contract with Manatron, Polk and Linn counties will receive ongoing software and technical support, legislative updates, product enhancements, integration with the latest technology and new software releases as they become available. More at

California medical group chooses Troy firm’s software: The Bureau of Medical Economics, an affiliate of the Santa Clara County Medical Association and the Monterey County Medical Society in California, announced that Troy-based gloStream has been selected as their exclusive medical practice software partner. The BME will showcase gloStream solutions to their more than 1,500 clients; and SCCMA and MCMS will offer gloStream solutions as a member benefit to their more than 3,500 physician members. GloStream, maker of gloEMR and gloPM electronic medical record and practice management software, is the only EMR and PM company that builds Microsoft Office directly into its products. The BME chose gloStream after an exhaustive search for a medical practice software partner that provides powerful yet easy-to-use solutions built using robust and versatile technology.  Also important to the BME was finding a partner that guarantees their software would qualify for stimulus funding. The BME, SCCMA and MCMS will actively promote gloStream to its members through its Web site and via newsletters and other communications.  gloStream also will participate in events and seminars hosted by the three groups. More at

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