Optimal Solutions Honored as One of the 2012 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch”

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch 2012Optimal Solutions, Inc. has been recognized as one of the 2012 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” nominated by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for their innovation and company growth.

Optimal Solutions is a locally-owned software development and network engineering company specializing in the health care and education industries.   Their products and services are exclusively West Michigan based and include:

eVideon Education – a web-based network video system that enables K-12 and higher education institutions the ability to distribute CATV or satellite video in the data network, broadcast live events such as graduation ceremonies, concerts and sporting events, and store recorded video for on-demand playback.

eVideon Healthcare – developed in coordination with Metro Health, a networked video system that helps hospitals increase patient satisfaction and hospital efficiencies by allowing patients to interactively participate in their own care, learn more about their ailment through video education and be entertained by HD quality TV and Hollywood movies.

SchoolFinance – For more than a decade, Michigan Public Schools have been in control of their accounting, payroll and HR through the use of OSI’s powerful and intuitive financial management system supporting thousands of teachers, staff and administrators.

eVideon has been implemented throughout the US and upcoming deployments include US based military hospitals as well as international hospitals.  SchoolFinance is used by more than 75 school districts throughout Michigan.  It provides support for more than $1 billion in annual budgets. Since 1993, Optimal Solutions has also been recognized as an engineering leader in network design, implementation and support.

“We are honored be part of this prestigious award,” comments Jeff Ingle, Founder and CEO.  “Our innovation and growth are due to a combination of a dedicated and talented team, strong partnerships and loyal customers – all who provide continuous positive feedback to our organization. Together we are able to provide powerfully simple tools that benefit patients, students, clinicians, and education professionals.”

Companies making it to the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list are a remarkable group of second-stage companies. Defined as having 6 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants, these companies form the backbone of Michigan’s economy. Representing all regions of the state and a diverse range of industries, companies like Optimal Solutions are known for their exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, creation of innovation or use of innovation in creative ways, and their sustainable competitive advantage.

Optimal Solutions will be honored at an awards ceremony during the eighth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event, May 3, 2012 in Lansing, Mich.

Announcing Spring 2012 SchoolFinance2K User Group Meetings

Michigan tulips in the SpringThe Spring 2012 SchoolFinance2k User Group meetings have been scheduled in five locations across the state, providing easy access for all SF2K users. All business managers and users are encouraged to attend. The full schedule is as follows:

calendarWednesday, April 18 ~ 11:00am – 2:00pm
“East” in Frankenmuth, MI at the Bavarian Inn (w/lunch)

calendarThursday, April 19 ~ 10am – 2pm
“Up North” at COP-ESD, Indian River MI (w/lunch)

calendarFriday, April 20 ~ 11:30am – 3:30pm
Optimal Solutions office, Wyoming MI (w/lunch)

calendarThursday, April 26 ~ 9:30am – 1:30pm
“South” at Three Rivers Schools, Three Rivers MI (w/lunch)

calendarFriday, April 27 ~ 9:30am – 1:30pm
“West” at Manistee ISD, Manistee MI (w/lunch)

The 2012 SchoolFinance2k User Group meetings are packed with exciting topics as we begin a new year full of change, creative resourcing and web development of SF2k. Topics of discussion currently include:

  • Annual Business Manager updates including summary of 941, FID, REP and ORS changes
  • Review and discussion…new retirement rates, 1% tax on benefits and other topics prior to MSBO
  • Year End Processing quick tips and reminders
  • General Ledger Updates, new features, quick tips
  • Budget tools, enhanced budgeting and what if capabilities – review and training
  • Reports, extracts and imports overview, new features, how to’s and quick tips
  • New TSA specific section in the software
  • Wage table review, how to make changes, begin new contracts ‘in mass’
  • Benefits and Employer Paid review – mass adding information, making adjustments
  • Review of April software upgrade and new feature releases
  • Review of 2012 development highlights
  • Review of significant Web Portal updates,
  • SchoolFinance and SQL
  • General Q&A’s
  • Survey requesting feedback on misc. features and functions will be available for all

(Note additional topics will be added and agendas sent to all several days prior to the event)

If you would like to attend, email or call Rebecca at (616)281-6040/(888)832-3400.

FYI, attractive district and group pricing models for joining the SF2k community.  Let us know if other districts in your area would like to learn more about SchoolFinance!

PDF version of this announcement is available for posting.

Fall 2011 SchoolFinance Meetings a Success

SchoolFinance from Optimal Solutions

Our Fall 2011 SchoolFinance meeting are now complete, and they were a big success. We traveled to four different locations throughout Michigan to make it as easy as possible for our users. Optimal Solutions also hosted an event here in our office. We had over 90% attendance from our users.

We’re also happy to report that great progress is being made on the new requirements for reporting employee- and employer-paid premiums on 2012 W2’s. SchoolFinance is in full compliance and will have this important release out to clients mid-December 2011!

And as always, the user meetings gave us excellent opportunities to connect with our great users. We collected dozens of suggestions from these meetings that will help SchoolFinance remain the outstanding, affordable solution for financial management in the educational market.

If you are an existing SchoolFinance user, be sure to log into the client section. There are a number of important webinars coming up during the month of December that will help you stay up to date while getting the most out of your SF system.

And if you’re looking for a solution to help manage your district’s financial and personnel assets, please get in touch with us.

Announcing Fall 2011 SchoolFinance2K User Group Meetings

SchoolFinance2K Fall MeetingsThe Fall 2011 SchoolFinance2k User Group meetings have been scheduled in five locations across the state, providing easy access for all SF2K users. All business managers and users are encouraged to attend. The full schedule is as follows:

calendarFriday, November 4 ~ 9:00am – 1:00pm
“West” at Manistee ISD, Manistee MI (w/lunch)

calendarWednesday, November 9 ~ 10am – 2pm
“Up North” at COP-ESD, Indian River MI (w/lunch)

calendarThursday, November 10 ~ 9:00am – 1:00pm
“South” at Mendon Schools, Mendon MI (w/lunch)

calendarFriday, November 11 ~ 11:30am – 3:30pm
Optimal Solutions office, Wyoming MI (w/lunch)

calendarFriday, November 18 ~ 10am – 1:00pm
“East” in Frankenmuth, MI at the Bavarian Inn (w/lunch)

Topics of discussion currently include:

  • Review of new W2 reporting requirements and SF2k’s build out of employer paid and Benefits Module to accommodate these changes.  This will significantly enhance reporting, budgeting and planning with this data fully integrated.
  • Review of Web Portal and addition of W2’s to the portal – no more printing, stuffing and mailing W2’s to employees!  Plus review of FID updates in the portal, new professional development features.
  • Review of updates including summary of W2, FID, REP and ORS changes
  • Review of wage table implementation, new reports, budgeting tools, what if scenarios for contract negotiations
  • Calendar Year End Processing quick tips and reminders
  • General Ledger Updates, new features, quick tips
  • Reports, extracts and imports overview, new features, how to’s and quick tips
  • Review of November software upgrade and new feature releases
  • Review of SF2k platform migration/upgrade to SQL Server – enhanced capabilities in years to come
  • General SF2k Q&A’s
  • Survey requesting feedback on misc. features and functions will be available for all.

(Note additional topics will be added and agendas sent to all several days prior to the event)

If you would like to attend, email or call Rebecca at (616)281-6040/(888)832-3400.

A PDF document of this announcement is available for posting.

FYI, we are actively recruiting new clients!  SF2k has attractive district pricing models for joining the SF2k community.  Let us know if other districts in your area would like to learn more about SchoolFinance!

School Finance 2K News

School Finance Users MeetingSpring User Group Meetings were a huge success. We reviewed new and proposed changes at the State, new SF2k feature enhancements, WebPortal updates as well as reports and processes in the SchoolFinance2k software which help you save time and improve work flow. Surveys and feature request information will be sent to all clients, plus upcoming instructional webinar information will be published soon. Access the secure client login for more details.