Monday, April 4, 2011 8:00:00 AM
The goal of this exercise was to demonstrate how one can convert the existing static budget document into an automated budget book solution. After conversion is done, the Budget Department will be able to generate budget books faster and save the taxpayers money by optimizing the existing challenging budget formulation process. We built Budget in Brief application to be adaptive and transparent with the focus on ensuring completeness and accuracy of you final budget book.
We looked over many budget books. Among them we were searching for the clear budgets that can be easily readable by majority of citizen in different communities. As you know, budgets could get complicated in a hurry, to level, that the seasonal auditor would require help of a few budget analysts to find the way through the book.
Between many worthy budget we had chosen the City of Nanaimo budget.
Besides being the outstanding and beautiful community, the City of Nanaimo has put together well thought budget, which contains all important components, and as a result they have created very readable and transparent budget book.
What is most important is that the City of Nanaimo has also provided the very convenient way for its citizens to ask questions about the budget.
How to Prepare Budget Project?
One of the first important steps is to read the budget and grasp at the visible components. There are many things that book can tell. Many components... read more
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 4:29:00 PM
Today, most computers on the market support USB storage devices.
There are thousands of different USB storage devices on the market. There are different sizes, shapes, usages, toy like appearances, non-destroyable (or at list very durable), marketing samples, camouflaged, or just a plain looking thumb stick. Fashion, more than anything else, drives the appearance in this market. But the primary uses are all rotate around data storage and transport.
The Budget In Brief application can easily fit on even the smallest USB drive. It does not need installation, does not require Microsoft Office, and can run on any windows computer that has the required Microsoft.NET framework.
You can carry your budget project together with the Budget In Brief application on the USB drive and generate budget documents when and where you need them.
These are just a few scenarios:
Leave your laptop at home and take the budget project with you;
Give the public part of your project to your prospects, give them flexibility, give them the tools and they will get back to you. Our fully featured evaluation timeframe is on your side.
Use the latest Budget In Brief application on the authorized, secure, premises where you can not normally take your laptop;
Give the whole project to your employees, or peers, without giving them the password to your computer;
In real business life there are many more scenarios, everyone who buys USB Flash drive will have... read more
Friday, January 28, 2011 11:47:00 AM
In our two previous posts we've shown you how to integrate the Budget In Brief application with the Team City, the Subversion, and the Office Live.
Configuring the Team City and Subversion
Integration with MS Office Live
In this post we will show you how to integrate with Share Point in the Enterprise Environment.
The Budget In Brief application is configured on the Team City server, where it compiles the budget book; when the process is done, the book is checked back into the Share Point for users to review.
How to Setup the Environment
The integration with the Share Point boils down to mapping the Document Library to the Network Drive and then to use XCOPY to copy the files around.
net use x: "https://someserver.com/somelibrary" password /user:domain\username
Note: The Budget In Brief application will work even with the mapped drive itself. However, we are doing the XCOPY to get the isolated snapshot of all data.
Here is the example of the msbuild script where we map the library, then perform the file copy, then generate the book, and then copy the final document back to SharePoint.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Project DefaultTargets="BuildDBUnitTests" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003" ToolsVersion="3.5">
<Import... read more
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 5:29:00 PM
This is the second article about the Budget in Brief enterprise integration. Please read our earlier blog post about configuring the Team City and Subversion to get yourself up to the speed.
In this post we will show you how to integrate the Microsoft Office Live online collaboration tools and integrate the SkyDrive into the Enterprise Environment.
The Budget In Brief application is configured on the Team City server, where it compiles the budget book; when the process is done, the book is checked back into SkyDrive for the users to review.
How to set it up
Go to https://office.live.com and login to your online Windows Office Account.
Create an appropriate folder structure.
Upload the book files.
Create DOCX documents or upload the existing documents in to the appropriate folders.
Navigate to a DOCX file and click "Open in Word"
The document will open in Microsoft Word.
To find out the actual location of the document, select the "Save As" option in the Microsoft Word.
The Save As window will open.
Copy the URL listed at the top in the address bar. This will be the web URL that we will use to map hard drive letter on your computer to the SkyDrive.
Note: Microsoft SkyDrive is free online storage from Microsoft for sharing the Office documents and photos
At this point, we assume that you have tried our earlier blog post about... read more
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 3:33:00 PM
In this article we would like to show you how the Budget in Brief application was integrated into the real Enterprise Environment.
Two main components of this enterprise environment are:
Subversion is the open source Version Control System (VCS), that is used to manage content across the organization, and the
Team City is the Distributed Build Management and Continuous Integration Server (CIS), that is used to fully automate business process life cycle.
The Budget In Brief application is configured on the Team City server, where it is compiles the budget book, when the process is done, the book is checked back into Subversion for users to review.
We have chosen the existing setup for the Budget In Brief application's integration at our client's real-time environment. The Subversion is the universally recognized centralized version control system characterized by; its reliability, simplicity of its usage, and its ability to support the needs of a wide variety of users and projects, from individuals to large-scale enterprise operations. In this case all documents are stored in a such way that developers, analysts and business decision makers can easily access the files. The Team City is the best continuous integration solution on the market today.
It is good idea to mention that there are many other environments, which could provide similar functionality and where Budget In Brief could be integrated with... read more
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 4:15:00 PM
The United States Budget… can you really grasp it? How big is it? Do the numbers matter to you?
We decided to start somewhere, to get the answer. The first thing that we have found is there are between 500 and 600 Federal agencies, bureaus, centers, departments, offices, administrations, commissions or other federal, independent or quasi-official entities in the government of United States of America. All of them have their own budgets. We have started to collect the information on our Links to Federal Government Budget page.