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The Benefits of a User Group: Beacon Enhancements

by Ryan on July 10, 2015

I am always learning new ways that Schneider Geospatial’s clients are using the Beacon™ web portal to enhance the experience - not only for their own office, but also for the “power users.”  A few years back, Schneider Geospatial was working on finalizing a partnership with a user group created within the MnCCC. MnCCC stands for the Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative and works as an in-between for county departments and various vendors. The concept of a user group is a great thing, as all the clients meet on a quarterly basis and I can help in person with concerns and hear about the successes.
 
The Property Information User Group (PUIG) in the MCCC has been a success in its’ early age of only 3 years. The membership has grown from 5 county members to almost 20 during a 3 years span.  As the group has matured, sub-committees have developed and enhancement requests have become the latest push. 
 
The first enhancement request to come to an agreement has been a simple, yet valuable one. The PIUG requested to have a method to export the ‘comparable search’ results in Beacon™. Traditionally, from the comparable search results page, the user had to copy and paste the results into a Microsoft Excel sheet.  Now, a user can simply click on the download link at the bottom of the listing and export it to a nice, clean Microsoft Excel file to work with. 
 
Since the PIUG invested in the idea, the group collectively reaps the benefit of development. All members of the PIUG share in the cost of the development. As the group keeps growing, more ideas for enhancements have been requested. Schneider Geospatial and the Property Information User Group of Minnesota look to build on this success!