Issue: #36

Summer 2017 

2017 CIMS User Group Conference Details
Anyone currently using CIMS or CIMS Light, or those interested in learning more about our cemetery software products and meeting with other users of the software.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
            9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (approximately)
Kalahari Resort & Water park ( )
            1305 Kalahari Drive
 Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Please ask for the CIMS User Group Conference ($104/room plus tax - Wed and/or Thurs night)
The deadline for discounted hotel reservations is Monday, September 4, 2017
Please join us and other CIMS users as we meet to openly discuss What's New, Updates, Computer Tips, etc. We will also have guest speakers and offer discussion periods for questions, suggestions or concerns. We look forward to having you join us in beautiful Wisconsin Dells. This is a great opportunity to network with other people in the cemetery industry.
Topics currently include:
  • CIMS & Ramaker - What's New?
  • CIMS Cloud
  • Tips and Tricks - Commonly asked questions
  • Cemetery "tours"
  • Mapping your cemetery (beginning to end)
  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • Round Table discussions
$50 per person - includes continental breakfast items, lunch and snacks. Please include payment with registration (checks or Visa/Mastercard/Am Express).
New User Training & Software Demonstrations:
We will again be offering a brief training session for NEW users who need a little more basic training. The training session will be free with paid attendance to the CIMS conference on Thursday. The training session is only for NEW users and will be held at our office in Sauk City on Wed. afternoon, Oct 4th. Space for the training is limited so please register early.
In addition, if you are not a CIMS client and are interested in seeing a "one on one" demonstration of CIMS Cemetery software, either check the box on the registration form or contact us to schedule a meeting with one of our experts. We typically schedule these meetings before and after the user conference, but we will work with you to accommodate your schedule.

Please register soon. Hope to see you there!!!  


CIMS Cloud vs. CIMS Desktop
As you may know, over the past few years, Ramaker has been developing a new platform for cemetery management, CIMS Cloud. I wanted to take this opportunity to help explain the difference between our Desktop Software (CIMS Desktop and CIMS Light Desktop) and our Cloud Software (CIMS Cloud and CIMS Light Cloud). With our Desktop Software, all your cemetery data is stored on your computer, or perhaps a server in your office. You are responsible for backing this information up, and also responsible for moving this data to a new computer when a workstation is replaced or a new person comes into your office. In addition, you are responsible for installing updates to the software and making sure they work correctly. With the Cloud platform, all data is stored and backed up by Ramaker & Associates, along with our Cloud host, Amazon Web Services We take care of backing up this data every night, and save 30 days' worth of backups. You access CIMS Cloud or CIMS Light Cloud by opening a web browser and entering your username and password. Your data is secure because you can only access your data if you have the correct username and password. From the time you enter your username to the time you log off, your data is only transmitted over a securely encrypted connection. This means you can safely access your CIMS data from any computer or device that has access to the Internet. It gives you the ability to access your data from home, or even with your smart phone or tablet. It also means that if you get a new computer, you don't have to deal with the headache of transferring the data over. Updates to the software are implemented automatically, with no effort on your part. CIMS Cloud and CIMS Light Cloud both work in a very similar manner to the desktop software, and the clients that have moved to this new platform have had a very smooth transition. Another huge advantage of the CIMS Cloud platform is that it can be configured to have your cemetery data "GPS friendly" and can take advantage of the GPS capabilities of your tablet or phone, and show you where you are standing in the cemetery based on your GPS location. If you are interested in moving your software to the Cloud, please contact our office at 800-332-7532.

In This Issue
2017 CIMS User Group Conference Details
CIMS Cloud vs. CIMS Desktop
Welcome Steve Kochaver

Steve Kochaver i s the most recent addition to the Ramaker CIMS team as a GIS/CAD technician.  He is an alum of UW - Madison with a B.S. in Biology, along with two other degrees in GIS and programming from UW - Stevens Point and UW - Madison. Steve has previous experience in open-source GIS software development and research science, bringing knowledge that will keep CIMS software competitively cutting-edge.  In his free time Steve enjoys canoeing Wisconsin's rivers, backpacking, and biking .

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