LOGIS welcomes the City of Eagan to the LOGIS IP Telephony Service. Eagan completed their implementation of over 400 phones servicing 16 facilities. Eagan is utilizing applications such as Attendant Console, Call Accounting, Call Center, MeetingPlace, Presence, Call Recording, and Unity Connect.
The LOGIS Network Services group has completed the upgrade to CiscoWorks 4.x. This upgrade allows us to manage the new devices recently released from Cisco. LOGIS utilizes this product to monitor LOGIS and our members’ network equipment, manage global changes and record configurations and changes.
The Hutchinson Police Department recently began testing a software upgrade to their electronic citations to submit them to the Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS) automatically. Officers were trained in the changes that they would see on the application and shown how the data is handled “behind the scenes.” Integration testing and User Acceptance Testing was performed to ensure that multiple scenarios were handled as expected. The McLeod County court then began its own tests to make sure that citations were handled correctly in its system. A significant benefit to the new process is the ability for the violator to pay fines through a website or phone system. The upgrade also provides a significant reduction in the time it takes for a citation to find its way to the court system. Not long ago, citations were handwritten and would require multiple data entry steps by the agency’s staff and court staff. The advent of electronic citations has reduced data entry errors and sped up the process from the officer to the courts.
LOGIS is well underway with the last group of CIS Infinity Version 3 upgrades. Fifteen utilities have completed the upgrade to Version 3. This 2 ½ year project will be coming to an end on May 20th.
The last six cities upgrading to V3 consist of Coon Rapids, Minnetonka, Edina, Crystal, Farmington, and Eagan. This group began the upgrade process in January 2011, which consists of a 6-week soft parallel, a 6-week hard parallel, followed by go-live.
The utility billing staff has done an outstanding job—having to complete weeks of dual data entry into both versions of CIS Infinity. Their dedication and commitment to this project has been exemplary.
Once this project is complete, LOGIS and the city UB staff will begin the project of outsourcing the bill print.
Active Network, the developers of LOGIS’ Class Park and Rec system, are hosting a software conference on all their products, including Class. This conference, which is the first they have held in three years, provides an opportunity for extensive training, discussion, networking with peers, and sharing best practices. The conference is being held in San Diego on April 4 – 7 of this year. The cost of the conference is $650.
If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact Paul Norton as soon as possible at 763-543-2633 or email@example.com. If you cannot go to the conference but do have questions or issues you’d like to discuss with Active Network, please contact Paul Norton in the next few weeks. After the conference, materials from the conference will be available for Class users to view on the LOGIS Intranet (http://intranet.logis.org).
The City of New Ulm will go live on PIMS beginning Monday, March 14, 2011. City staff will start entering data and issuing permits. They will also start entering inspection results and will utilize the scheduling module to schedule daily appointments and inspections. The Engineering & Inspections staff has completed a formal training session to help with the configuration of tables and to assist them in feeling comfortable with the process. They also were offered a testing phase (following training) which allowed them to enter test data into the system at City Hall. LOGIS will remove all of the test data before the live date as they start to use the system with actual data.
A LOGIS staff member will be on-site the first couple days to ensure the transition runs smoothly. This allows the city staff to ask questions, offer feedback, and to receive ‘hands on” attention throughout the conversion.
We are very excited to have the City of New Ulm as a member and begin using the PIMS application.
As a side note:The ePermits website is now PCI Compliant. Our Executive Director has signed the PCI Attestation of Compliance for ePermits. We are complete and can provide this documentation to any of our members. Please let us know if you would like a copy.
On March 2, 2011 the Property Data System (PDS) development team rolled out the latest version (1.08.09H) to all the Property Data and Special Assessments members. Inside this package is an exciting new menu item named “LBAE Board Packet”. LBAE stands for Local Board of Appeal and Equalization.
The LBAE Board Packet design was a joint effort of PDS members and LOGIS development staff. Members showed Logis staff what they produced as a manual process each time they needed a Board packet. Programming staff were able to produce the same results using selectable options. The Board packet can then be printed or saved in PDF format for e-mailing.
The development of the LBAE Board Packet is another great example of the benefit of LOGIS membership. The design meeting was held on January 12, 2011. By the March 1, 2011 deadline set by the Assessors, a functioning module was complete and ready for user acceptance.
The HR/Payroll User Group held its first meeting of 2011 recently. The primary area of discussion was to go through the list of 2010 accomplishments, and then discuss ideas for the 2011 Work Plan. Key areas to address in 2011 include:
Improved user report and inquiry access through Insight Software
The Finance User Group held its first meeting of 2011 recently. The primary area of discussion was to go through the list of 2010 accomplishments, and then discuss ideas for the 2011 Work Plan. Key areas to address in 2011 include:
Improved user report and inquiry access through Insight Software
Brooklyn Center, Golden Valley, Minnetonka and St. Louis Park are the first police agencies moving to the PremierOne system, and on February 17, 2011 this group had its kick off meeting with LOGIS and Motorola staff. This marks the beginning of significant effort by agency personnel in the implementation process. The kick off meeting addressed scheduling, expectations and responsibilities as well as other details of the project. Even prior to the kick off meeting, the agencies were involved in training on provisioning (configuring) the system. Over the next month the group will be busy finishing this process and testing. The month of May will see train the trainer training for each of these agencies, which will be culminating in go-lives scheduled for mid-June. Thanks to these agencies for going first and paving the way.