July marks the release of Cityworks 2010—the launch of an exciting new era of Azteca Systems’ asset, permit, and licensing management software.  With this release of software comes a new naming convention that encapsulates the theme of this new direction and includes the entire suite of GIS-centric management tools for public works, utilities, and governments.

Parallel trends in software development from Microsoft and ESRI have combined to help drive Cityworks 2010.  Development models such as ArcGIS 10, Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Silverlight, and mobile device technology bring a wide array of capabilities.  The most significant of these capabilities allow for sharing code between desktop and browser applications.  As a result, Cityworks 2010 not only introduces significant upgrades to existing software but also marks the beginning of the redevelopment of Cityworks Anywhere.

Cityworks 2010 brings significant enhancements to the entire Cityworks product line.  Azteca Systems’ flagship product—Cityworks Server MMS—will include enhanced tools for managing equipment, labor, and materials (ELM), new contract tools, and enhancements to Project Manager.  In addition, overall product performance is greatly increased.

One of the biggest changes in the Cityworks Server product group is the integration of PLL (Permits, Licensing, and Land Management) and MMS.  Users can easily create permits from a work order or service request—or the other way around—work orders or requests can be created from a permit.  Likewise, users can easily view or interact with related permits in MMS.  Greater map integration in PLL now supports event layers where permits can be opened from the map the same way as work orders or requests.

Other enhancements to PLL include Flex Forms, Public Access, and business licensing. Flex Forms brings virtually any type of information into the permit process such as yes/no questions, lists, images, and more.  Permit fees can also be dynamically and automatically calculated based on responses an applicant provides.  The Public Access module allows users, contractors, or citizens to remotely apply for permits, check the status of existing permits, and more from a browser.  Business licensing brings a robust set of features to cities to track and renew business and other licenses.

More enhancements will be coming throughout the year including the integration of Microsoft’s Silverlight into the rendering engine, standard inspections, GPS integration, and others.  Cityworks Server 2010 supports ESRI ArcGIS 9.3.1 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or Oracle 10g or 11g.  ESRI’s ArcGIS 10 will be supported fall 2010.

By Tom Palizzi, Executive Director, Sales & Marketing, Azteca Systems, Inc.