Manatron Becomes First Software Provider to Pass North Carolina’s New Indexing Compliance Standards: Manatron Inc. the Portage-based provider of integrated property tax and land administration software for governments worldwide, announced it has become the first records management software provider to pass the North Carolina Secretary of State’s compliance review for indexing standards. As a result, Manatron customers will be the first to comply with North Carolina’s new regulations. Since 1995, the Register of Deeds offices in North Carolina have enforced strict indexing standards, requiring data entry personnel to use several different abbreviations and indexing conventions. In 2012, these indexing standards will change, and each Register of Deeds office will be required to submit data as displayed on each recorded document. As a result, software providers were asked by the state to modify their applications for improved performance in search and retrieval to comply with the changes in indexing. Manatron added several new enhancements to its GRM Recorder and Anthem applications in order to comply with North Carolina’s new regulations. One added feature is a “sounds-like” search, which returns matches to a query that may be spelled differently in the index, but still sounds the same. Additional search enhancements also include an equivalency, which allows a jurisdiction to equate two terms. For example, if one term is queried, results matching the equal term are also returned. Finally, GRM Recorder gives type-ahead suggestions for searching property owners, suggesting up to five last names from the jurisdiction’s index of records, as well as the  ability to ignore words such as “the” and “an”, which could potentially skew a search. Manatron, a Thomson Reuters business, provides software and services for governments worldwide to completely, fairly and efficiently assess real and personal property, and to bill and collect the related property taxes in their jurisdictions. Manatron’s software manages the entire property life cycle, which includes land registry, cadastral mapping, deed recording, land records, GIS (Geographic Information System) integration, valuation, assessment administration, personal property, business licenses, cashiering, tax billing and collection, delinquents and tax sales and e-government. More at

Nuspire Networks Wins Managed Security Service Category at 2011 Golden Bridge Awards: Nuspire Networks has earned a prestigious Golden Bridge Awards title in the category of Managed Security Service for its NuSecure Managed Security Service. More than 40 judges from a broad spectrum of industry voices from around the world participated and their average scores determined the 2011 Golden Bridge Business Awards winners. Nuspire’s NuSecure Managed Security Service is driven by unique custom built hardware, software, proprietary monitoring procedures, and unique management protocols. Nuspire designed and developed the service to provide a layered security approach that increases the customer’s security posture. From one screen, a user can see the status of all their network devices, security posture, tickets, on-site support issues and an analysis of network trends and availability. This transparent information is available live through the TRAX portal 24x7x365, in real-time. Nuspire’s proprietary technologies are built with the specific goal to provide organizations with multiple sites: network security, compliance, management, and system event monitoring in a turnkey managed solution with cost and performance benefits that provide them with measurable advantages. NuSecure Managed Security Services provides customers with lower operating costs while offering higher flexibility and capability in the adoption and deployment of new information technologies. By outsourcing security services to Nuspire, customers will have a predictable and consistent operational budget for the security of their environment by eliminating capital expenditure requirements or staffing augmentations. Clients utilizing Nuspire’s services can avoid frustrations and costs associated to staffing investments in key areas such as security. More at

Appia Communications Recognized on the CRN Fast Growth 100 List for Third Straight Year: Appia Communications, a Traverse City provider of managed communications and network services, has again been named to the CRN Fast Growth 100 list. Companies on the list average a two-year growth of 130 percent. Appia has gained recognition as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies (Inc., 2007-11); one of the fastest-growing solution providers in the technology industry (CRN, 2009-11); and one of the top managed service providers in the world (MSPmentor, 2009-11). Appia has also been named one of the 2010 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch by the Edward Lowe Foundation. To learn more about Appia Communications please visit or call (877) 277-4297.