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The Myths of Auto-Integration: An Interview with Doug Martin

Is auto-integration necessary for budgeting systems, or is it more hassle than it’s worth?

ClearGov recently sat down with Island County, Washington Budget Manager, Doug Martin to talk about his personal experience with the government budgeting process. Doug is a local government budgeting veteran, and he shares some priceless advice in this engaging discussion.

You’ll learn about:

  • The pros and cons of budgets built in Excel and Word
  • The myths of auto-integration, and why it may hurt more than help
  • How often you should actually change your budget
  • Doug’s personal advice for local government finance directors when establishing a budget system

If you’re considering an auto-integration as part of your budgeting system implementation, this is a must-listen. If you prefer reading, we’ve also published a Q&A with Doug Martin highlighting our discussion on integrations.

Unless someone has a really complex or large entity, they don’t need auto-integration. I don’t need my budget tool to integrate with my accounting tool on a daily basis, or weekly, or even monthly. We don’t need it because we don’t change our budget very often.

Doug Martin, Budget Manager of Island County, WA
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June 3, 2022

Matt Benati

Matt Benati is Vice President of Marketing for ClearGov®, the leading provider of Budget Cycle Management software for local governments. Matt is passionate about helping organizations modernize their annual budgeting process by automating workflow, increasing collaboration, and improving transparency between governments and citizens.