EXTRA’s iPhone App Now Available
January 2, 2013
The Elite EXTRA iPhone app is now available as another option for customers who want more flexibility in choosing cell phones for their mobile employees.
The new iPhone app was approved and released by Apple's App Store on Dec. 31, just in time for the start of the new year. With the new app, clients can choose to route and track their mobile resources, or opt to simply track their employees.
Like an app that was already developed on the Android platform, customers who prefer the iOS platform can now download the app for free through the Apple App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/extra-driver/id588450365?ls=1&mt=8.
For those who are routing and tracking drivers, the drivers will receive new routes and route updates from the EXTRA web app on their phones through the iOS app, and their progress and location are recorded and pushed back to the EXTRA web app in real-time. Features of the new EXTRA app include:
- Receive audible notifications for newly received routes and updates to routes
- View entire list of assigned destinations
- View additional information for each destination including address, specifications, and estimated drive time
- Option to input notes for destinations
- Enter delays, reason for delay, and length of delay
- Enter signer name information for completed stops
- Receive directions to destinations
- Capture route detail while logged into the application, where this information can be viewed with reporting features.
- Automatically arrive and depart from destinations on route.
More features will come in future releases. For more information about the new iPhone app, please contact our Customer Support Team at 888-484-8729, option 3.
Employee Awards Announced
December 7, 2012
Employee of the Year
Ross Kleiner is this year’s “Employee of the Year.” This award, which is voted on by peers, was presented to Ross for his dedication to clients, colleagues and the company. Additionally, Ross is known for always being willing to extend a hand to help his peers and is known for doing whatever it takes to get the job done.
Excellence and Achievement Awards
Three awards for excellence were presented to staff for stellar performance and customer service in the past year:
Vince Lombardi Teamwork Award
Winners of the second annual Vince Lombardi Teamwork award goes to the Elite EXTRA Support Team. The EXTRA Customer Support Team received the award for delivering superb customer support for enhancements and features to the Elite EXTRA application that has made it the standard in the automotive industry.
Jon Ward, Rachel Otte, Ross Kleiner, Lori Liddell and Josh Gurgel
(Not Pictured: Chad Bartz, Jen DeVries, Todd Wascher and Matt Porter)
Mary LaMagna-Reiter has been promoted from GIS Analyst to GIS Project Manager of the Omaha Branch. Mary joined ADC in 2008 and works in the GIS Service Center (GSC) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mary has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Millikin University and last year completed a Postbaccalaureate Certificate Geographic Information System from Pennsylvania State University.
Myles Steinhauser has taken on a new focus at ADC. Myles is now working as a Systems Engineer in the IT Division. Myles is currently enrolled in the Science Information Technology program at the Chippewa Valley Technical College and will be graduating in 2013.
ADC welcomes Dylan Knox, a Student Intern, to the IT Division. ADC also welcomes Becca Kopp as a Student Intern. Becca came on board to assist the ADZMAR Division.
Celebrating Five Year Anniversaries at ADC are:
Excellence & Achievement Award
November 29, 2012
JoAnn Parks, Senior GIS Project Manager in ADC's Eau Claire branch's ADZMAR division received the "Excellence & Achievement Award". JoAnn earned this recognition for her dedication and commitment to the DDA clients, ADC and her colleagues. According to President Jim Ward, "JoAnn's dedication to the clients and ADC has been phenominal through the years. She has been a tremendous asset to the team, since she 'came across the hall' almost 10 years ago."
ADC Celebrates a Decade of Routing Telephone Book Deliveries
November 27, 2012
Nearly one billion telephone books were delivered over the past decade using an application developed by Applied Data Consultants, Inc. (ADC).
The application called ADZMAR (Automated Delivery Zoning, Mapping and Reporting) was developed for a client that distributes telephone books throughout the nation and in Canada.
The ADZMAR division is still creating optimal routes, reports and maps for the delivery of phone books throughout the United States, with only a few technological tweaks along the way.
A celebration was held at ADC's Eau Claire, Wis. headquarters to commemorate the anniversary and to reflect on the phenomenal milestones of the product over the past 10 years.
WGX: Fulfilling the Enterprise GIS Vision
October 1, 2012
By: Ron Bruder, Operations Manager
ADC staff, and the company as a whole, take great pride when hearing or seeing that the GIS products and services that we deliver have a positive influence in the organizations where they are utilized. Among ADC products, none has had as long and sustained an impact as our WebGUIDE mapping application. Launched at the time when GIS technology was only in its infancy on the internet, 2012 marks WebGUIDE’s 10th anniversary in production. This article will offer some perspective on the application’s early goals, its key interim milestones and state of affairs.
IN THE BEGINNING
Centered around a small set of GIS layers, particularly the tax parcel payer, the first WebGUIDE implementation in early 2002 was built on ESRI’s Java template for ArcIMS for Pepin County in west central Wisconsin. It’s primary objective, plain and simple, was to make their GIS data available outside of a desktop GIS application, namely within in a web browser.
A key driver for Pepin County and for the many local government WebGUIDE clients that followed was to build a broader user base for the growing, but costly GIS digital data sets that they had compiled in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In other words, they wanted a low cost and non-technical solution to get internal staff and the public to utilize and benefit from their spatial data.
Heeding input from county users , ADC shaped and molded WebGUIDE into the streamlined and non-technical, yet robust web application that counties sought. One of the early milestones was the integration within the application of the county parcel layer with the county tax and assessment rolls. WebGUIDE was an early pioneer in providing search and reporting capabilities on full county tax records within a mapping framework. Allowing both textual and visual searches on tax parcels on a wide array of ownership and tax history now began to deliver the benefits of GIS to a broad county staff and public audience.
INTEGRATING WITH OTHERS
ADC’s augmentation of WebGUIDE continued as users recognized the benefits of integration of their GIS data with other organizational data systems. For example, surveying and land records departments identified a demand for scanned PLSS corner tie sheets. A workflow for searching and retrieving those was introduced into WebGUIDE in 2004 and quickly expanded to become one of its more popular features. Similarly, integration with county permit index databases was added in 2007 to allow delivery of scanned sanitary and building permit documents, allowing everyone from land owners, real estate professionals and builders to easily view the permits for a property, a task not possible in the state of Wisconsin until that time.
WGX’s modern design along with its modularized and adaptable framework has resulted in a robust, yet intuitive mapping solution. Its first release was with Dodge County in September 2009 and, as with any software, has continued to evolve since that time. Our local government clients continue to drive feature additions based upon their needs, particularly as it relates to integration with other information systems and providing additional services to the public. A key feature added in 2012 for select clients was the ability to initiate the payment of property taxes from within the mapping workflow. Jackson County, Wis. and soon other clients, will be offering this additional online service to their citizens.
With its focus on user-centric, intuitive workflows and functionality, WGX has steadily evolved into an essential enterprise solution for many local government entities. We receive feedback such as “really couldn’t make it thru a day without having it” and “couldn’t do much without it” from county clerks using it for voter registration and zoning departments using it for rural addressing. WGX has delivered on the long sought after vision of a broad organizational implementation of GIS with real-world benefits being experienced by its users. While we continually work to improve WGX, including our current efforts on a WGX for Mobile release, we look back with great satisfaction on what it has accomplished.
Adapting to and Embracing Change
September 26, 2012
By: Jim Ward, President
We’re entering our 17th year of offering geospatial and web solutions to our clients. Our industry has changed tremendously during that time and our staff has had to adapt quickly to those changing trends to keep ADC ahead of our competition.Fortunately, ADC has employees who not only accept change, but embrace it and lead it. We are a company of innovators not only because we want to be, but because we need to be.
It has allowed us to continue to bring new products to market such as Elite EXTRA, our routing and tracking tool that just celebrated three years and now helps deliver nearly $100 million in auto parts monthly to clients in 32 states and Canada.
And it’s helped us to continually improve our web mapping application – WebGUIDE – for our county clients over the past decade, now WGX is now in 25 counties and our new mobile version will be introduced before the end of the year.
We’ve also grown our ADC4Web division, with nearly 50 websites showcasing everything from small businesses to large economic development corporations and everything in-between. We’re continuing to improve on these services and are holding brainstorming sessions to see how we can enhance our current offerings and provide additional services.
These are just a few of the things we’re working on to improve our products and services for our clients.
Leading these efforts now is Susan Marcott, whom I’ve recently promoted to CEO. Susan has been with ADC for six years and has a broad background in both government and the private sector.
As President of ADC and Extra Trax, my time was stretched too thin to be able to continue to grow both. Given EXTRA is still in an infancy stage to some extent, my time was needed to incubate the product and to make sure it grows to its full potential.
ADC, thanks to all of our great clients, is more mature in both services and products, and is in good hands with Susan and the rest of our team who have been part of the company for many years and who are committed to the same great services we’ve always provided.
As for me, I am not going anywhere. I will continue to serve as President and will be involved in all major aspects of the company, while the rest of the team will handle the day-to-day challenges.
Thanks for your past, present and future support!
Applied Data Consultants Names New CEO
August 16, 2012
Applied Data Consultants, Inc. (ADC) President Jim Ward announced today that Susan Marcott has been named CEO of ADC, a web application development and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) firm headquartered in Eau Claire, Wis.
According to Ward, "Susan has been instrumental in promoting ADC and our latest product, Elite EXTRA and is a big reason for our recent success and growth. She has proven to be an innovative and creative thinker, something we need as we look to expand and capatilize on our current talent and expertise in the software as a service (SaaS) markets."
Marcott, who has been with ADC for six years, previously served as Vice-President/Marketing Director before being promoted to her new post.
Prior to coming to ADC, Marcott spent 15 years in the Wisconsin State Senate and several years in the newspaper industry.
A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumni, Marcott is originally from rural Chippewa County.
Ward is the founder of ADC and Extra Trax, LLC, which has 40 employees and branch offices in San Francisco, Denver, Omaha, Chicago area and the Washington DC area.
Applied Data Consultants Announces New Twin Cities' Office/Reorganization
August 16, 2012
Applied Data Consultants, Inc. (ADC) President Jim Ward announced today that the company is opening a new office in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area and reorganizing its Eau Claire, Wis. headquarters to better position ADC for future growth.
The new Twin Cities’ office will be directed by Business Development Manager Matt Rantala, who has 15 years of experience in geographic information systems (GIS) and web development. Rantala is a University of Wis.-Eau Claire alumni and has been with ADC for nearly a decade. Matt previously served as a GIS Consultant within the company.
ADC also has branch offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, Denver, Omaha, greater Chicago area, and Charlottesville. The company headquarters are in Eau Claire.
Restructuring in the Eau Claire office includes:
- VP/HR Director Kathy Nelson has become a shareholder in the company and is now Principal/HR Director;
- VP/Marketing Director Susan Marcott has been promoted to CEO; and
- VP/Technology Director Ron Bruder is now Operations Manager.
Ward said the new office and restructuring of the company will allow the company to expand its reach into new markets and will allow him to focus more on Extra Trax LLC, a subsidiary company of ADC also owned by Ward, which developed the Elite EXTRA product. Elite EXTRA is routing and tracking software that has customers in nearly every state and Canada and is growing exponentially.
ADC has clients throughout the nation, including the US Army Corps of Engineers, government entities of all sizes, General Motors, ADP, InfoGroup and others.
Elite EXTRA Joins Forces with Fuse5
August 10, 2012
Elite EXTRA has teamed with Green Team Technologies' Fuse5 business management system to provide the best technology available for automotive aftermarket clients.
Extra Trax, LLC President Jim Ward said the partnership will allow customers to reap the full benefits of EXTRA.
"When we started development on EXTRA just four years ago, we knew we wanted to do it right, and to offer a product that was lightweight, robust and affordable. We’re thrilled that it has become the standard for parts deliveries throughout the nation,” said Ward. “The partnership with Fuse5 allows our customers to get the most from EXTRA. It's refreshing to work with a group that shares our passion for innovation and customer support.”
According to Gabe Davis, CEO of Green Team Technologies: “This integration is the most recent example of how Fuse5 allows us to provide our customers with the best technology available, without leaving your POS system,” said Davis. “The advanced Fuse5 cloud servers are not only able to push information out to Elite EXTRA to schedule routes, but also receive information back and integrate it into your Fuse5 experience. This allows you to receive delivery confirmation, customer signatures, core receipts and more in real time right in Fuse5. This allows shop managers and business owners to manage their businesses without storing signed invoices or scanning them back into your system. This is another great example of how we leverage our advanced platform to give our customers better information at their fingertips.”
Fuse5 says it continues to partner with the best service providers as part of a continual effort to reduce barriers for independent owners to scale their businesses to the next level – at no extra cost to its customers.
"I have customers calling me every day keeping me in the loop on the changes they need to remain competitive," said Davis. "The sense I get in the aftermarket is that members need a much better solution today than the one they had 20 years ago. We want Fuse5 to integrate with all of the third party options now available to our customers, in order for them to compete head-to-head against the constantly changing competitors. And, we want to do this while helping our customers lower their monthly software cost at the same time."
Extra Trax's parent company, Applied Data Consultants Inc., has been providing innovative software solutions for private industry and government clients since 1996.
Announcing Encompass Telematics as New Elite EXTRA Reseller
August 2, 2012
Extra Trax LLC announces that Encompass Telematics, a leading provider of telematics’ solutions, will be a reseller for Elite EXTRA’s routing and tracking software.
Encompass Telematics provides telematics’ support services to commercial fleet operators throughout North America.
The reseller agreement will allow Encompass Telematics to offer a solution to their customers and potential clients that is light weight, easy-to-use, and that offers optimal routing and tracking at an affordable cost.
The strategic alliance will also provide opportunities for Elite EXTRA to serve an industry that prior to this was served almost exclusively by in-vehicle units.
According to Extra Trax President Jim Ward, the agreement will not only benefit both companies, but the commercial fleet industry as well.
“Commercial fleet operations are not a one-size-fits-all industry with all the same needs,” said Ward. “Providing alternatives to solely in-fleet units will better serve the industry’s needs.”
Elite EXTRA Marks Third Anniversary
July 31, 2012
July marks the third anniversary of the first delivery driver being tracked by Elite EXTRA. A celebration was held to commemorate the anniversary and to reflect on the phenomenal growth of the product in just three years.
According to Extra Trax President Jim Ward, EXTRA is now in 32 states and Canada and growing. At the celebration held at the Eau Claire headquarters, Ward praised staff for a 95.5 percent retention rate, and thanked customers for their loyalty.
“When we started development on EXTRA just four years ago, we knew we wanted to do it right, and to offer a product that was lightweight, robust and affordable. We’re thrilled that it has become the standard for parts’ deliveries throughout the nation,” said Ward. “The tremendous success we’ve experienced is a testament to our innovative and dedicated staff who love what they do, and to our loyal customers who continue to believe in us and our product.”
The Stats Tell the Story
Here are the numbers from June 2012:
- active in 32 States and 2 Canadian provinces;
- $88 million in parts delivered;
- 140,842 routes created;
- 4.1 million miles driven by nearly 1,500 drivers;
- 583,839 invoices delivered;
- 324 locations using EXTRA; and
- 333,595 delivery stops made.
Here are some pictures from our celebration:
ADC to Develop New WI-DNR with Endangered Resources Portal
July 24, 2012
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI-DNR) recently contracted with ADC to build a new map-centric web portal for distributing and sharing rare species and natural communities’ data for the state. The WI-DNR maintains this data in what is known as the Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI), a program established to comply with Wisconsin's Endangered Species Law for tracking activities in the state for their potential impact on the rare species. By statute, they are also required to make this data available to all interested, yet authorized parties. Most importantly, the rare species inventory review is a key initial step in the larger WI-DNR permitting process. The planned improvements will allow for efficient and accurate assessments without delaying permit evaluations.
The WI-DNR solution for sharing and distributing the NHI data is known as the NHI Portal (http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/er/nhi_portal), which offers searching, reporting and map display of the species information. The Portal plays a critical role in identifying whether an activity on a Wisconsin property, such as development, may impact a protected species and thus require a more thorough review from Department personnel.
A central and critical element of the Portal, however, the interactive mapping component is dated, unreliable and not on par with current WI-DNR usability standards. Based upon ESRI's ArcIMS mapping technology, the mapping experience in the Portal needed an upgrade from its 2005-era workflows, layouts and interaction. Internal resources for maintaining the ArcIMS site also became scarce, leaving them thin in options for troubleshooting and supporting, never mind improving the site.
Work on the NHI Portal upgrade is currently underway and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.
It's All About the Passion
July 11, 2012
By: Jim Ward, President/CEO
I recently read an article about Apple founder Steve Jobs’ hiring philosophy. The author asserted that it was Jobs’ passion, vision and propensity for hiring the right people that made him an amazing leader that contributed to Apple’s success.
Rather than relying on conventional hiring benchmarks of grades, work history and educational institutions, Jobs considered different attributes when hiring.
The main “Apple selection attributes” that Jobs looked for in prospective hires included being: vision-minded; innovation-minded; future-minded; passion-minded; contribution-minded; engagement-minded; and excellence-minded.
These all struck home with me, particularly the attributes of innovation and passion, which I believe are interrelated.
At Elite EXTRA, we believe that passion is not only key, but contagious. If you have passion for what you do, thoroughly love it, live it and breathe it, that passion will turn into innovation and the rest of the attributes will follow.
While technical ability and putting in the required number of hours per week are laudable, those who are truly successful have a genuine passion and “love” for the company’s purpose, work environment and products. They also have a willingness to create something from nothing, to risk failure and to understand what is possible through innovation.
This is how 7.0, with all the new enhancements and features, came to be. Our team is always looking for new ways to make EXTRA better, more efficient, and more user-friendly for our customers.
Though we do not have a specific list of “selection attributes” in place to assess potential new employees, we are certainly searching for many of the same attributes that Steve Jobs did.
And I believe that it is the passion, vision and drive of our employees that has helped grow Elite EXTRA to nearly every state in the nation and Canada, and that it will be what helps continue to keep us on the cutting edge of technology in years to come.
GeoCertification: Improved Data Confidence and Application Experience Through GeoFencing and GeoAnalytics
June 21, 2012
By Ron Bruder, VP/Director of Technology
The idea of a geofence or the process of geofencing in which a virtual perimeter is generated around a real-world geographic feature has experienced growing popularity in both technical as well as popular, consumer circles.
In the GIS world, the geofence itself is nothing more than an irregular areal or radial point buffer. However, with the near ubiquity of GPS feeds from mobile phones and dedicated GPS tracking devices, each generally tied to a person or worker, the number of new and potential applications for the “fences” has proliferated. The abilityto take some action, whether it be a marketing notification or a security alert, when a person or their vehicle moves in or out of a predefined area is being applied in many professional and consumer circles. This article will describe how geofencing can be employed as part of a larger, adaptive process, which we’ve dubbed “geocertification,” to improve data quality and geofencing results, and streamline overall user application experience.
How it Works
Elite EXTRA, an application of ADC, uses smart phones in conjunction with a robust geospatial and application software stack to provide package delivery routing and tracking across more than thirty U.S. states and parts of Canada. EXTRA for short, the program itself contains both browser-resident dispatch and administrative functionality in addition to native Android and forthcoming iOS mobile reporting and notification components. Heavily used in the automotive parts delivery industry, EXTRA allows the coordination, assigning, tracking and confirmation of parts delivery with the phones.
Primarily a business-to-business application, the delivery end points in EXTRA, while growing, are finite and often repeatable compared to business-to-consumer deliveries. Repair and auto body establishments receive deliveries to a same location over and over again. Therefore, in EXTRA each deliverylocation for a supplier, a point, can be mapped and have a geofence generated for it.
At each delivery, the driver, using the EXTRA mobile application, has a minimum of three required steps: Report Arrival, Report Delivery and Report Departure. When geofencing is enabled, at the time the delivery driver enters the predefined fence for their target location, 60 meters, the Report Arrival step is automatically completed. Integrity checks to eliminate false Arrival reporting, such as in an intentional or unintentional drive-by, are present. Automated Arrival is applied only when the device records a 2.5 mile per hour or less speed limit within the fence area. The opposite condition, a speed greater than 2.5 miles per hour within and then outside the fence, constitutes a Departure.
The efficiencies of this geofence-driven automation depend on high quality location data, both for the points around which the fences are generated and in the mobile GPS sensor. For the latter, we work with EXTRA clients to recommend phones and phone practices that will ensure the best quality phone location readings.
It is in the customer location delivery points where ADC developed the groundbreaking GeoCertification process, wherein the quality of and confidence in the delivery locations is improved through analysis of the empirical delivery data. Historical records of successful deliveries, gathered via geofencing, are scrutinized regularly using dedicated algorithms to determine their validity and precision.
Specifically, if a location has five or more reported successful geofenced deliveries, 10 meter buffers are generated around each delivery point and then a geometrical union is formed from the resultant shapes. If the unioned shape is a contiguous, single-part feature, it is considered a valid delivery location cluster. The geographical centroid of the unioned shape is then designated as the geocertified delivery location for that customer. The location is then frozen and used for subsequent geofence deliveries.
There are, of course, numerous ancillary steps that are applied to account for outliers in the recordings, both from technical limitations (i.e. phone GPS) and driver compliance issues (e.g. turning off GPS), as well as for real-world, valid changes in a client’s delivery location, such as the installation of a new loading dock that is more than 10 meters from the previous delivery point. A process of re-geofencing is then employed to account for these real world, yet valid location changes.
In summary, while valuable on its own, geofencing results can be run through an iterative and cyclical quality improvement filter to produce higher quality base locations for the fencing process, increasing the information integrity and allowing end users to have greater confidence in the data. In the case of EXTRA, this geoanalytical process is known as GeoCertification and it is employed to not only improve data quality, but also to increase the efficiency and ease of use of field-based mobile delivery application.
ADC Redesigns Site for Monroe County, Wis.
June 13, 2012
Monroe County's redesigned site features an updated, eye-pleasing and user-friendly layout featuring a rotating banner that showcases familiar places and landscapes in Monroe County.
A search option is located on every page to ensure users can easily find the information they are looking for.
County employees have access to a content management system to ensure information about their department and any events or meetings are always up-to-date.
Please checkout their recently released site today at www.co.monroe.wi.us.
ADC Launches Site/Marketing Tools for New Online Learning Application
June 12, 2012
ADC recently launched a website and marketing materials for entrepreneur Jane Lewis' web application, Mobil Globil.
The site serves as a gateway to the product, which provides mobile access to continuing education credits.
The site provides an online chat feature that allows for immediate interaction with the client to engage them at the point of interest and also for support purposes.
There is an option to view a simple-to-follow presentation of the product and a contact form to get more information and to schedule a live demo.
Visit the site at www.mobilglobil.com.
The marketing materials that were developed include a logo, brochure, business cards and statement of qualifications document that will help with branding and marketing of the product.
ADC Gives Barron County EDC's Website a Facelift
May 24, 2012
The Barron County Economic Development Corporation recently redesigned their website. Their homepage now includes a rotating image gallery that showcases local businesses and area landscapes. The new site features a user-friendly layout that helps users find what they're looking for quickly.
Other features of the site include an easy-to-use google search bar, contact and newsletter signup forms, interactive community and median household net worth maps, a prominent link to Momentum West's EAGL-i instance, which can help businesses to decide to move their business to the county, and other features.
The EDC also has access to an online content editor, which allows them to update their site at any time and from anywhere.
Check out their newly designed site today at barroncounty.com.
Elite EXTRA Successful with ADP's Third-Party Access Program
May 17, 2012
ADP announces Elite EXTRA's success story. Read the full story here: ADP’s Third-Party Access Creates Optimal Real-Time Parts Tracking & Routing for EXTRA.
U.S. Army COE Awards ADC Cultural Resources Contract
May 9, 2012
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha has awarded ADC a contract for the continuation of the creation of a single, enterprise-wide, database to better organize and serve detailed information on Cultural Resource sites within the Omaha district boundaries. The data load has been ongoing for all of the fiscal year 2012 and, when completed, will mark the first time that all available site surveys for managed assets within the district are housed in a single database that is accessible by all COE users. Additionally, as part of the previous contract, ADC will be updating an internal mapping interface for the Corps that will facilitate easier upload and validation of the site forms for users throughout the district offices.
Project Awarded to Create Mapping Interface for Targeted Marketing Efforts
May 7, 2012
ADC was recently selected to build an integrated mapping interface for viewing and selecting mail delivery routes for precision, bulk-mailed target marketing materials. Based upon nationwide USPS Carrier Routes, the application exposes detailed information about each route, such as business and residential deliveries counts, allowing users to compile and target only those addresses that fit their business and budget. The mapping application will be integrated into a broader, online purchasing workflow in a soon-to-released high profile web portal.
ADC Employee/WGX Product Receive Top Honors at WLIA
February 20, 2012
ADC GIS Technician Darin Mertig received top honors for his poster “Geographic Bias in the NFL Draft, 1970-2009” at the 25th annual Wisconsin Land Information Association conference, held Feb. 16-17 in Stevens Point, Wis.
Mertig’s research and map examines the role that proximity has played in the selection of college football players among the 20 franchises that have operated continuously in one city since 1970. A number of statistical methods, including T-mode factor analysis and correlation and regression analysis, are employed to answer a number of questions, including which teams tend to draft out of their own “backyard” more frequently.
Polk County won “Best Interactive Map” for its WebGuide Xtreme site, which was developed by ADC. Congratulations to Polk County on the award.
Since its deployment in 2009, the Polk County WGX site has received additional functionality and has undergone numerous improvements.
Calumet County, Wis. is Newest WGX Client
February 9, 2012
We are excited to welcome Calumet County, Wis. as a new client.
ADC will be building and implementing a WGXtreme online mapping website for Calumet. We are looking forward to establishing a relationship with the Land Information staff in the Planning Department and providing them with a great website that fulfills all of their internal and external needs.
City Council Candidate Site Goes Live
January 30, 2012
City Council Presidential hopeful candidate Mike Bollinger came to ADC looking for a professional site where he could share information about his campaign, philosophies, life and experience.
The site features a flashy homepage banner, which showcases beautiful pictures of the city of Eau Claire. The site also features a short three-question survey that Mike is hoping many visitors will fill out so he can gain some insight and feedback from the public.
The site also features a blog that will include articles written by Mike about a number of issues. A countdown to election day serves as a reminder that all citizens of the city of Eau Claire should get out and vote.
Learn about Mike and his philosophies by visiting his new site at electmikebollinger.com.
Forest County, Wis. Web Mapping Upgrade Completed
January 23, 2012
ADC recently completed Forest County's transition from WebGUIDE3 to WGXtreme. Check it out at: http://forestcowi.wgxtreme.com/.
Forest County works closely with the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to create and maintain GIS data that is shared on the site.
Jackson County Plat Book Delivered
January 16, 2012ADC recently delivered the 2012 Jackson County, Wis. plat book. The plat books are now for sale at the UW-Extension office and include a second page with aerial imagery for each township, in addition to the traditional ownership map page. These pages feature many point of interest elements such as both carry-in and trailer boat landing locations, along with a latitude and longitude point grid.
Eau Claire County, Wis. Parcel Updates Delivered
January 12, 2012
Eau Claire County again enlisted the services of ADC to assist them with the completion of some of their annual parcel changes and updates.
Eau Claire County is remapping tax parcels in areas where survey remonumentation is taking place. With the remonumentation process, the accuracy of the land parcel maps that are created from the new monument points increases dramatically because everything is surveyed using modern techniques.
Rusk County, Wis. Website Gets Redesigned
January 3, 2012
Rusk County, Wis. recently went live with a newly redesigned website by ADC4WEB.
Rusk County's new site features an updated and user friendly layout featuring a rotating banner showcasing photos of Rusk County. A search option is located on every page to ensure users can easily find the information they are looking for. Users are also able to easily print any page of the website, or save that page's content as a pdf.
County employees have access to a content management system to ensure information about their department and any events or meetings are always up to date. The site also features an employees-only section, which is safe-guarded by a username and password. In this area employees can access employee forms and information and can also make maintenance requests.
Take a minute to check out their new site at http://ruskcounty.org!
ADC is Now Partnered with Technology Pioneer Wired Wisconsin
December 20, 2011
Wired Wisconsin today announced that Applied Data Consultants, Inc., headquartered in Eau Claire, has joined the organization as a new partner.
“Technological growth depends on drawing ideas and knowledge from many leaders and making the connections to link them together,” says Thad Nation, executive director of Wired Wisconsin. “I am pleased to welcome Applied Data Consultants as the newest partner of Wired Wisconsin.”
Applied Data Consultants (ADC) is one of the largest geographic information systems (GIS) and web development firms in the Midwest. Applied Data Consultants is a full-service GIS consulting and web development firm, serving business and government clients throughout the United States. Incorporated in 1996, ADC has more than 40 employees providing products and solutions to clients such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, county governments and national corporations such as infoUSA, DDA, ADP, Factory Motor Parts and General Motors.
“We are excited to join Wired Wisconsin,” says ADC President Jim Ward. “Our business and consumers depend heavily on expanded broadband and access to technology. It is important for us to be part of a growing coalition like Wired Wisconsin, where we can ensure we advance technology in our state.”
“Applied Data Consultants joins a growing coalition that supports an environment for innovative technology, high-tech job creation and economic growth,” says Nation.
Wired Wisconsin and its partners work to educate consumers, policy makers, and businesses about technology related legislative and regulatory issues that impact our lives, and advocates for common-sense approaches to spur innovation, grow the economy and promote investments in our technological infrastructure.
A full list of Wired Wisconsin partners can be found online at: http://www.wiredwisconsin.org/partners/
Congratulations to ADC team members who received the following awards and anniversary recognitions recently:
December 19, 2011
Employee of the Year
Congratulations to Jamie Hagen as she was presented the "Employee of the Year Award"! To quote; "Jamie is an extremely talented and versatile graphic artist who has created a professional image for ADC, EXTRA and ADC4WEB. She has also shown great leadership in organizing all of the trade shows; her behind-the-scenes attention to every detail has helped to ensure that the money is well spent and that they are as successful as possible." Thanks Jamie!
Excellence and Achievement Award
Greg Hagman, Software Engineer, of the Eau Claire branch was presented with the Excellence and Achievement Award. The award is presented to staff for stellar performance and customer service in the past year. Congratulations Greg!
Excellence and Achievement Award
Mary LaMagna-Reiter, GIS Analyst, of the Omaha branch was presented with the Excellence and Achievement Award. The award is presented to staff for stellar performance and customer service in the past year. Congratulations Mary!
The Vince Lombardi Teamwork Award
A new award "The Vince Lombardi Teamwork Award " was designed this year for a team of individuals that have shown outstanding performance working together on a specific project, ensuring client satisfaction, new software development etc. The ADZMAR team (left to right): Darin Mertig, Ross Kleiner, John Elkins, Dave Ward, Greg Hagman and JoAnn Parks was one of two recipients for this award. ADC thanks them for their commendable work ethic and dedication as a team to ensure client satisfaction and product stability for the growth of the company.
The Vince Lombardi Teamwork Award
"The Vince Lombardi Teamwork Award " was was also awarded to the Software Development team (left to right): Peter Evensen, George Carlson, Myles Steinhauser, Marc Harter, Jon Kelly and Levi Felling. ADC thanks them for their commendable work ethic and dedication as a team to ensure client satisfaction and product stability for the growth of the company.
5 Year Anniversaries
Five year employment certificates were awarded to (left to right): Susan Marcott, Lori Liddell, Dave Ward, Mari Pietz and Jen DeVries. Thank you all for the past five years of your dedicated commitment to ADC, and we look forward to the next five!
Eau Claire County WGX Site is Complete
November 21, 2011
Eau Claire County, Wis., the 13th county to transition from WebGUIDE 3 to WGXtreme (WGX), is now live.
Eau Claire County has integrated the city's tax and assessment data with the county's so users can look up tax and assessment amounts for parcels within the City of Eau Claire. Previously only data for county parcels was included. Future plans include having spatial parcel data for the city online.
Check out their site at eauclairecowi.wgxtreme.com.
Barron County Plat Books Feature Managed Forest Land
November 18, 2011
Barron County plat books, created by ADC, were delivered just in time for the opening of Wisconsin's gun deer hunting season on Thursday.
This year's book will be the first Barron County plat book to feature Managed Forest Land that is open for hunting (MFLO). In addition to the usual owner information, the book has a facing road page with aerial imagery and point of interest locations for each township.
Additionally, fire districts, school districts, recreational trails and zip codes are featured in the books.
ADC President Jim Ward Interviewed at Eau Claire Chamber Expo
October 18, 2011
Text courtesy of WQOW News 18. (View Video)
Eau Claire (WQOW) - As lawmakers focus on jobs in Madison, an event in Eau Claire puts the spotlight on local businesses.
The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Expo on Tuesday. More than 150 businesses set up shop, a record for the event. Of those, about 40 were there for the first time.
As a relatively new business to the Eau Claire area, The By Design Group wants to get its name out into the community.
"Interior design, corporate and residential window treatments, we have a graphic artist and we do business branding, logo design and creation," says Valerie Coushman, The By Design Group.
To help, this group of local professionals decided to participate in the Chamber's annual Business Expo.
"We're really big on working with local businesses and working with the Chamber and we thought it was important to come here and meet more people, more potential clients, potential vendors," says Coushman.
Applied Data Consultants has been in the area for the past 15 years, but this is the company's first year at the Business Expo.
"Our biggest goal is that networking piece, talk to other business owners," says Jim Ward, Applied Data Consultants President. "There's so much you can learn I think by finding out who's doing what and how they're doing it, how they're getting through the recession, what marketing techniques they might have and a lot of collaboration."
Besides connecting with clients and other businesses, the event is a way to promote local business as a way to grow the economy.
"We'd love to see everybody do as much business locally as they can, who knows who's going to bump into somebody that says 'you and I can partner on some things.," says Bob McCoy, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce President.
"There's companies here that do a great job, you're probably going to save money," says Ward. "Anyone that can do something local, you're probably going to get the services or products a little bit cheaper, so it's sort of a win-win."
The business expo also featured a number of seminars such as ways to help companies cut costs and improve sales.
Waupaca County Plat Book Ready for Hunting Season
September 26, 2011
The 2011 Edition of the Waupaca County, Wis. plat book has been delivered to the UW Extension office and will be available to purchase on Sept. 27 at the County Government Building.
The latest edition features 2011 parcel ownership data, including Managed Forest Land that is open to public hunting.
In addition to the ownership information, the book includes city/village maps, a countywide road map and a map of 4-H club locations.
Along with the plat book the county will receive a printed wall map of ownership that will be hung in each of the town halls across the county.
Monroe County Selects ADC for SQL Server and ArcSDE Services
Applied Data Consultants, Inc. (ADC) will be performing SQL Server and ArcSDE installation and configuration services for Monroe County.
ADC will also be setting up a method to automate data transfers and website updates for the Monroe County WGX online-mapping site.
ADC is pleased to provide this assistance when counties have limited budget and staff to perform such tasks on their own.
Sawyer County Emergency Service Atlas Completed
Applied Data Consultants (ADC) has completed a county Emergency Service Atlas for Sawyer County, Wis., which provides detailed address point locations, along with emergency response zones for planning and location purposes.
This 124-page book was a group effort between ADC, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Sawyer County Land Records Department.
Funding for the project was provided through a WI DNR grant to improve emergency response during natural disasters and emergency situations.
Announcing Washburn and Eau Claire County WGX Sites Now Live
Washburn and Eau Claire Counties, both in Wisconsin, chose ADC's online mapping tool, WebGUIDE Xtreme (WGX) to serve their data to the web.
Washburn has been a WebGUIDE client since 2006 and is the third site that uses the Novus tax and assessment program that has been upgraded to WGX. WGX is fully integrated with the online Novus application to allow the users to access the Novus database directly through a link from WGX.
Eau Claire County has been working at integrating the City of Eau Claire tax and assessment data with the County data and serving it up online to provide the users one-stop shopping. In the past, the tax data has not been available for the City parcels.
Eau Claire County hopes to integrate further with the City as well as provide the option for users to pay their property taxes online with a direct link from WGX.
ADC Participates on Forum That Tackles the Future of Broadband in Wisconsin
August 11, 2011
Text courtesy of WQOW News 18. (View Video)
Eau Claire (WQOW) - Business and government leaders hope to connect when it comes to high-speed internet.
Wired Wisconsin estimates 26 percent of rural residents in the state don't have access to broadband internet. Some areas that already have it don't have adequate broadband. On Thursday, a forum was held in Eau Claire to discuss the future of broadband.
As a software and data service company, Applied Data Consultants relies heavily on the internet.
"We host a lot of those applications, a lot of them for local government we host in an attempt to keep the cost down, so we try to do a lot of our own hosting, but that of course relies on some pretty high-speed broadband internet," says Jim Ward, Applied Data Consultants President.
However, broadband internet isn't available in all parts of the state. Ward says that can slow down business.
"You lose a little bit of the efficiency this type of technology affords you in that they don't have to run all the way back to the warehouse, find out what they need," says Ward.
Thad Nation, with Wired Wisconsin, says expanding broadband to the entire state could help attract jobs.
"Whether it's for orders, whether it's for linking their employees, whether it's for getting their suppliers this has become as important to a business as electricity or a telephone, sometimes even more important," says Thad Nation, Wired Wisconsin Executive Director.
Expanding broadband to all parts of the state will require work by both the private and public sectors. Forums, like Thursday's, are a way to get that dialogue going.
"I heard one statistic that says you have to have 200 customers per mile to make it profitable," says Sen. Terry Moulton (R) 23rd Senate District. "Well that's just not feasible in some of the rural areas so maybe something like a tax incentive to provide a business the opportunity to invest in that area."
And growing broadband in an area is something Ward is familiar with.
"There was only one option when we started transitioning to internet-based software and it was costly, it certainly stymied growth a little bit," says Ward. "The state helped with some tax credits, they helped us connect up to another ISP in the area so we had two options and certainly within the last two years a third option and even a fourth has been available."
Nation says not only is broadband important in attracting businesses to the state, but employees are also looking for jobs in areas were broadband is widely available to use at home.
According to the FCC, it would cost $350 billion do expand broadband coverage to the entire United States.