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Cloud Revolution

Elevating CAMA Systems for Enhanced Efficiency and Accessibility

By Jim McCathern, VP of Business Development and Sales, Catalis Tax & CAMA

Embarking on the transformative journey of migrating a Computer-Aided Mass Appraisal (CAMA) system from on-premises to the cloud opens the door to a myriad of advantages for any assessment jurisdiction. Below are some compelling reasons that make this transition not only beneficial but a strategic imperative for modernizing property assessment processes:


Cloud-based CAMA systems can easily scale to accommodate changes in data volume or user traffic. This means that as your organization grows or experiences fluctuations in demand or workflow, the system can quickly and dynamically adjust to meet these needs without requiring significant upfront investment in hardware or infrastructure.

Cost Savings

Moving to the cloud can often reduce the total cost of ownership compared to maintaining on-premises infrastructure. With the cloud, assessing organizations can often pay for only the resources they use through budgeted operating expenses, and they can avoid the capital costs associated with purchasing and maintaining physical servers, networking equipment, and data centers.

Flexibility and Accessibility

Cloud-based CAMA systems can offer greater flexibility and accessibility to users. If you are using a cloud-based CAMA system, preferably one that does not require a PC installation, staff members and authorized assessment service contracting firms can access the system from any location with an internet connection. This supports the contemporary hybrid work model by enabling remote work and improving collaboration among staff members.

Security and Reliability

Cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) invest heavily in security measures and have dedicated teams focused on ensuring the security and reliability of their systems. As a result, transitioning to the cloud can often enhance the security and reliability of the CAMA system, with built-in features such as data encryption, regular backups, and disaster recovery capabilities.

Automatic Updates and Maintenance

Cloud-based CAMA systems often receive automatic updates and maintenance from the CAMA service provider, reducing the burden on the organization’s IT staff and ensuring that the system remains up to date with the latest features and security patches.

Integration and interoperability

Cloud-based CAMA systems can more easily integrate with other cloud-based services and applications, facilitating interoperability and data sharing across different parts of the jurisdiction’s organization.


Overall, transitioning a CAMA system from an on-premises model to a cloud-based technology platform can offer numerous advantages in terms of cost, scalability, flexibility, security, and ease of maintenance, making it an attractive option for many Assessing jurisdictions.

Catalis offers a comprehensive suite of CAMA tools, including options for on-premises and the cloud, leveraging technology to streamline workflows for accurate and efficient ad-valorem property taxation.

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