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Sep
15
The Excel export can be used as an alternative to generating reports through the Report Designer, and is available on most tables. Instead of editing a report and choosing the data fields to include, exporting to Excel allows you to easily select the data to export, and allows you to group and sum fields to see totals. Excel gives you even more flexibility and control over how your data is represented. Reports created using this method can be exp...

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Jun
10
Today I pose the question: What is the benefit of entering data into a database if we can’t get it out? If we spend all of our time entering data but fail to include important pieces of information about a record, it can be very difficult to filter properly later. Many times, I am asked to help produce a report to display data broken down or filtered into various ways. One of the most common queries is the number of Commercial or Residential ...

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Feb
15
In order to pull specific data out of the Building Department program (tables, reports, Excel spreadsheets, or charts), it is necessary to run a filter. Creating a filter is the program’s way of sifting through ALL of its records and displaying ONLY the info you need. Think of a filter as a sieve: it lets some information through while blocking out the rest. Applying a filter has the same look and feel in every area of the program. The firs...

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Apr
29
Through my position as a trainer, I have found that I learn from my customers just as much as they learn from me. In fact, what a lot of people may not realize about teaching is that for every hour you spend teaching someone, you spend about the same amount of time learning and preparing. By way of this blog, I would like to share what I have learned in the field and pass along information that will be useful for our customers in Community Dev...

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Dec
15
Like anything stored on a computer, it is important to protect your data. Your Building Department database should be backed up frequently to protect the information you have entered (we recommend at least once a day). Most units have a network backup system to facilitate this (ask your IT department to see if you can utilize this system). Having backups of your BD database is an important measure to take in order to avoid issues with the i...

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