As the public safety agencies migrate to the PremierOne system, they will find a new report writer too. The Printrak system uses BI Query for writing and running standing and ad hoc reports. The new system uses Microsoft’s SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). While the new system does contain some canned reports, agencies will likely find a need to have additional reports created. LOGIS will continue to develop needed reports and agency personnel will also have access to the report writer to create their own. As the LOGIS staff becomes more familiar with the nuances of SSRS we will develop a training program for agency personnel. Rewriting the current BI reports with SSRS is a large effort and LOGIS is asking agencies to prioritize reports based on need.
We are currently in the process of designing a new Septic Tracking Module in PIMS. Initially we had met with the City of Lakeville and the City of Ramsey following requests from each city to develop a tracking module for septic systems. At the meetings, we gathered information from each municipality to formulate an outline of all the information they would need to capture.
After designing a prototype, we conducted a meeting in May 2011, and invited all the PIMS cities to observe the new module. The cities offered suggestions and recommendations about the design, which we will include in the next PIMS version release. The module is in programming currently, and will be sent to test after all the enhancements from the meeting are complete.
The cities will be able to use this feature as early as June, 2011.
In the fall of 2010, Dakota County announced they would be replacing the system they use to manage their Property Data. The Dakota County implementation of their new Real Estate Management System brought with it a change of Property ID (PID) format currently used by the LOGIS Special Assessment members. LOGIS changed the PID format used in our applications to comply with the new Dakota County system format. In addition, data was modified for each of the LOGIS Special Assessment members in Dakota County (Eagan, Burnsville, Lakeville, and Farmington). All were tested one at a time to ensure a seamless transition, and our users verified that the results are correct.
The Utility Billing staff has dedicated the last 2 ½ years to successfully upgrading 19 utilities to CIS Infinity Version 3. This project was a collaborative effort of LOGIS staff, Advanced Utilities staff and Utility Billing city staff. Each upgrade required dual entry during a 6 week Soft Parallel and Hard Parallel phase. In addition, extensive testing of each task was thoroughly performed all the while keeping up with day to day responsibilities. Many hours went into reviewing data to ensure the integrity of conversion. LOGIS would like to extend their grateful appreciation to the Utility Billing City staff for their dedication and commitment to assisting in making this extensive project a success!
Now that the Version 3 Upgrade project has come to a close, LOGIS staff will be moving on to several new projects, which include implementation of PCI Compliancy versions of Infinty.Link and Credit Card Processing, Meter Change Out Program, and Bill Print Outsourcing to name a few. We are also gearing up for the South St Paul implementation.
The Active Network’s 2011 Activation Conference, a conference for users of the Class Parks and Recreation software, was held in the first week of April, 2011. The conference had many sessions providing knowledge about how the software works, best practices, future direction of the product, etc.
The slides presented at all the sessions are now available to everyone at the LOGIS Intranet site. The address of the site is: http://intranet.logis.org. Once you arrive at the site, go to the left side of the page and access LOGIS Applications > Parks and Rec (Class) > Shared Documents. If you wish, the slides can also be sent to you as an email attachment in a compressed format. If you have any questions or would like the slides sent to you, contact Paul Norton at 763-543-2633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IP Telephony Service marches on! In May, LOGIS began upgrading our members to the newest 8.5 versions of Cisco Presence and Unity Connection. These upgrades will continue through June and will add valuable features and functionality for the members of our IP Telephony service.
At the same time we have begun the 2011 member recovery tests. These tests assure the smooth failover to SRST and of the member PRIs to the LOGIS data center PRIs. These tests assure that failures of local service will not affect member phone availiablity.
The Network Services group moves forward with testing of the “Managed Services” offerings. We have successfully implemented offsite network based backups for one of the LOGIS members and configured a member server network that utilizes the LOGIS data center facility, switches, and SAN. To date, these tests have proven very successful and look very promising in providing cost and labor savings to members utilizing the “Managed Services” offerings.
LOGIS is pleased to announce that the City of South St. Paul approved adding the LOGIS applications of: JDE Financials, Payroll/HR and the CIS Infinity Utility Billing system. They are also currently investigating the possible use of the LOGIS Permits system as well.
The city council expressed support for pursuing an expanded LOGIS membership to cover Utility Billing, Financial and Human Resources/Payroll functions. One of the key premises and attractiveness of LOGIS is the ‘pay as you go’ basis for continual upgrading and improvement …that should level out the cost through time and reduce large expenditure spikes for major system upgrades.
Work has already begun on implementing the JDE Financial software for the City to achieve a July 1st Go-Live. JDE Payroll/HR will be implemented with an October 1st estimated Go-Live date and the CIS Utility Billing software implementation will begin later in 2011 for a 1st Quarter Go-Live in 2012.