We are continually working to improve CIMS and help to educate the cemetery industry about the importance of computerizing cemetery records. We have published several articles on this subject and would like to share them with you here, along with other important news about our company. We also publish a CIMS Newsletter at least twice a year to update our clients on CIMS and industry news.Some articles on this page require Adobe Acrobat or Reader for viewing. Click here to go to Adobe's website to install your free copy of Adobe Reader on your machine.
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2015 CIMS User Group Conference
The conference was held on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Ho-Chunk Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI. We ocused on changes coming to CIMS, Technology, and Trends in the Cemetery Industry. Click HERE for additional information.
2013 CIMS User Group Conference
The latest CIMS User Group Conference was held on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. This year focused more on the features of CIMS, how cemeteries use CIMS, and how CIMS can be used to market cemeteries.
CIMS 4.3 Has Been Released!
Click here for more information about these exciting updates!
2011 CIMS User Group Conference
The 2011 CIMS User Group conference was held in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, on Thursday, October 6, 2011.
Topics on the agenda included:
- CIMS & Ramaker – What’s New?
- Cemetery Restoration Part II
- Dying, Death and Grief
- Using QuickBooks in Your Cemetery
- Cemetery IT and Tips, Tricks and Traps in Using CIMS Software
- CIMS Versions 4.2 and 4.3
- Commonly Asked Questions
5th Annual CIMS User Group Conference
On October 7, 2010, more than 40 cemeterians from seven states gathered at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells for Ramaker & Associates’ fifth annual CIMS User Group Conference. View the full press release.
2010 CIMS User Group Dates Announced
The 2010 CIMS User Group conference will be held in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Registration deadline was 9/21/10. Click here for more information.
CIMS adds Before & After Page
Ramaker & Associates has added a Before & After CIMS Cemetery Software page to our website! This page shows how old paper cemetery records can look after being computerized and entered into CIMS software. Click here to view the page.
In the News
CIMS Featured in Online Article
Ramaker & Associates' eCIMS program for the Hallandale Beach Cemetery in Hallandale Beach, Florida is featured in the following The Miami Herald article: New technology leads to where the bodies are buried
CIMS Software Featured
Greenlawn Cemetery's use of CIMS cemetery software was featured in this recent article by IndyStar.com.: "At Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, pair map gravesites, information into computer". Excerpt of the IndyStar.com article:
"Franklin's Greenlawn Cemetery is not huge, but with more than 15,000 graves spread out over 40 acres, it can be a little challenging to find a specific resting site.
The cemetery, 100 W. South St., which includes graves going back to the early 1800s, is making history more accessible through modern technology.
Greenlawn is mapping all of its graves and importing information on each individual into a computer program. The process is far enough along to allow cemetery staff to quickly find someone's name on its computers." Click here to view the entire article.
Ramaker & Associates Wins Illinois Cemetery Database Contract
Effective in March 2010, the Illinois General Assembly enacted the Cemetery Oversight Act (COA) for protection of Illinois consumers. This act requires the development of a statewide database for all burials that occur in the state of Illinois. The database will be on the Internet, and cemeteries in Illinois will be required to enter all new interments into the database within 10 days after a burial occurs. We are proud to announce that Ramaker & Associates has been awarded the contract to develop this database! Brandon Finley, Vice President of Ramaker & Associates, said, "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved in this unique project, and to help the state of Illinois ensure that their records are accurate for years to come."
Ramaker & Associates is currently working with the State of Illinois to define the scope and functionality of the system. Ramaker & Associates partnered with Yahara Software (http://www.yaharasoftware.com), a Madison, Wisconsin-based software development firm, to help execute this project. Yahara has experience developing other web-based statewide databases and will be able to utilize those skills in this project.
Ramaker & Assoc. Adds Services
We are pleased to announce that effective May 1, 2010, Cities Edge, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ramaker & Associates, Inc., has acquired certain assets and business operations of Cities Edge Architects, Inc.
Ramaker & Associates, Inc. is now a full service architectural and engineering firm. The combined experience and knowledge is expected to open many doors and produce fresh teaming efforts for the company. Click here for more information.
CIMS Software Helps Cemeteries in Massachusetts
The Wilbraham-Hampden Times published the article "Selectmen get demonstration of new cemetery software" on October 8, 2009. It gives a summary of the computerization of the Town of Wilbraham's cemetery records.
Click here to view the article (go to page 7).