What are the tell-tale signs that an ERP system needs to be replaced?
1) Current vendor no longer supporting system 2) Your business processes are fragmented, not consistent, rely on shadow systems or manual work 3) Your original system implementation did not fully implement the planned scope 4) The system itself presents business continuity risk from security issues, lack of internal support, or technology compatibility issues 5) Future…Read More
ERP- There seems to be a trend moving away from single integrated system (which may be good for some tasks and less than adequate for others) to selecting best-in-class and develop integrations. Thoughts on this trend?
Core ERP (finance, procurement, HR, payroll) should be part of one system. It creates too many issues if your split up this “integrated core” Extended functions however, which in the past may have been modules of an enterprise-wide system such as utility billing, permitting, recruiting, etc. can be (and in my opinion should be) evaluated…Read More
ERP- In my experience training always seems to fall flat in implementations – is there any proven fix to this issue?
Don’t limit training to only the system. Remember these are change projects and users must understand why they doing tasks in the way that is now required. Train on business process, train on chart of accounts, train on policies that are different. Also, assume training doesn’t end with go-live.Read More
Lauren Bierly, Accountant/Auditor for Montgomery County, receives the 2020 MDGFOA Lloyd Jones Scholarship Award
Lauren did not take the normal route to become an accountant. Lauren has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Juniata College and a Masters of Science in Geology from Purdue University. After working in the geology field, Lauren then obtained a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.…Read More
Intermediate Governmental Accounting Seminar slated for Spring 2021
MDGFOA will be hard at work over the Autumn and Winter updating our content for the Intermediate Governmental Accounting Seminar. The GFOA released a new Blue Book over the summer of 2020. As well, new uniform guidelines are rolling out. We will send out notification once a date is scheduled in the Spring for IGAS.Read More
New Record: Montgomery Earns 50th Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting
Montgomery County earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The County has received this award 50 times since 1951 and for 48 consecutive years since 1972 – more than any other County in the nation. The Certificate…Read More
Governor Hogan Announces Beginning of Stage Three of Maryland’s COVID-19 Recovery, Additional Safe and Gradual Re openings
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Janet Irvin, Past President of MDGFOA retires after 30+ years in Public Service
Howard DPW Director, Finance Director to Retire After 75 Years of Collective Public Service As reported by Kevin Kinnally, MaCo Jim and Janet Irvin to retire after 75 years of collective public service. Howard County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Jim Irvin and his wife, Finance Director Janet Irvin, this week announced their retirement…Read More
CONGRATULATIONS! Rafiu O. Ighile, CPA, Director of Finance for the City of Gaithersburg, MD
CONGRATULATIONS! Rafiu O. Ighile, CPA, Director of Finance for the City of Gaithersburg, MD has been elected as a member at-large to the GFOA Executive Board. He will serve a three-year term, beginning immediately. The five new members-at-large of the Executive Board will each serve a three-year term beginning immediately. New board members are:Laurie M.…Read More
Congratulations to Maryland’s new CPFO’s!
Congratulations to Maryland’s new CPFO’s! Daniel J. Lewis, Treasury Manager, Frederick County Government, MD Denise Roberts, Cash Analyst, Cecil County, MDRead More