Monday, December 16, 2013

Seasons Greetings from hal Systems

Seasons Greetings from hal Systems

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

2013 Land Title Conferences Update

The spring, summer and fall months offer multiple opportunities to catch up with valued clients and network with potential clients at industry trade shows. Unfortunately, conferences often overlap which limits the number we can attend, but here are a few recent or upcoming shows in the land title industry that are included in my plans:

Dave and I exhibited at the ALTA Business Strategies conference in Oklahoma City March 13-15. The format gave attendees several opportunities to interact with the exhibitors in addition to learning more about ALTA’s Best Practices and the National Title Professional designation program. It gave us the opportunity to showcase halFILE version 4. Congratulations to Marianne with FNF who won our raffle prize (a Kindle Fire). To learn more about ALTA, visit

Iowa Land Title Association:
ILTA’s annual conference will be held May 3-4 at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino Hotel in Altoona. Visit for details.

South Dakota Land Title:
The annual conference will be held June 5-7 at the Highland Center in Mitchell. Visit for details.

Are you familiar with the Association for Title Information Management (ATIM)?

Since 1985 ATIM(a non-profit association run entirely by volunteers) has organized an annual meeting that enables land title professionals to learn from each other, share best practices, and brainstorm solutions to industry issues and challenges.

A typical conference agenda includes six to eight topics affecting the land records / title insurance and abstract industries. Discussions are facilitated by industry experts. Past topics have included discussions on title plant best practices, open records issues, privacy/redaction concerns, outsourcing (both off shore and domestic) and industry trends.

Attendees typically include title/abstract company owners, managers and examiners; software application developers, title plant and other land records data providers, outsourcing vendors, vendor managers, underwriters, consultants, lenders, county clerks and recorders, plus others parties with an interest in land records.

The format is one general session. The casual atmosphere supports active participation from everyone. The host city varies from year to year based on input from participants. The registration fee is designed to cover costs and is minimal.

I think you would benefit from attending and I know the group would benefit from your participation. The 2013 conference is in Boston on August 5 and 6. Please visit the web site after May 1st for registration forms, hotel information and the agenda: Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Kathy Taylor

Monday, March 25, 2013

halFILE Supports the Latest

We field a lot of phone calls from our clients asking about installing new workstations and servers. Sometimes it seems that everyone is replacing old, outdated equipment! The good news is that, while it is always a good idea to check with us, halFILE is structured in such a way that we usually support the latest Microsoft versions of SQL Server, Windows, and Windows Server.
  • We have halFILE running on Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise. We do not support Windows RT and we recommend Windows 7 Professional.
  • halFILE is running on SQL Server 2012
  • halFILE is running on 64-bit workstations and servers
All this is good news for you since the above is what is generally available on the market. And, with halFILE 4, we've rewritten our Crystal Reports interface to better support the latest Crystal Reports versions. We've also purchased blocks of Imaging for Windows 4.0 so we can offer you discounted prices on the halFILE Viewer for your new workstations.

Before you buy new hardward and software, you should be sure to check with your other software vendors to ensure they also support what you plan to buy.

Once you are ready to move to a new server, please give us a couple of weeks lead time so we can be sure to have someone available to assist you if needed. While our support time for assisting you with the installation of new computers and servers is billable, we will provide you, at no charge, some documentation of the steps involved with moving to the new computer or server. Some of this documentation is readily available in the Support section of