Research and analysis by member staff from Apple Valley and Eden Prairie assisted LOGIS staff with product evaluation for electronic vendor payments. LOGIS will now offer two options for electronic vendor payments from the JD Edwards accounts payable application. The PayMode option provides a discounted payment to the vendors via a card network. The Wells Fargo option is an ACH payment with a fee to the Payor, but still provides cost savings over paper check processing. With both options vendors are automatically notified when payments are issued, along with detailed payment information.
The cities of Edina and Minnetonka will be the first to implement the newly offered Wells Fargo solution. Apple Valley and LOGIS will convert to Wells Fargo as a second step in the process. LOGIS members interested in either vendor payment option should notify Dave Schleicher for more information.
With the Payroll Check Date of October 31st, the city of Austin MN completed their conversion from weekly to bi-weekly payroll processing. In addition to all the planning that went into this conversion, there were a lot of setup changes and considerable testing involved. The staff at the city with the assistance of Nancy Hilary at LOGIS made this transition a successful one. The city had been interested in making this change since joining LOGIS for the JD Edwards applications at the beginning of 2010. Many hurdles were cleared along the way to make this a reality. Congratulations !!
In cooperation with Bair Analytics, LOGIS Public Safety has been in the process of transitioning its agencies from PIMA Web to Bair’s public-facing incident mapper and analysis tool known as RADS Online. RAIDS Online offers a convenient tool for law enforcement agencies to communicate crime activity along with state-of-the-art analytics tools that are free of charge to the agencies. RAIDS Online can be accessed via http://www.raidsonline.com . As of November 1st, almost all of the PIMA Web agencies have transitioned to live production on RAIDS Online with the Faribault Police Department, Edina Police Department and the Steele County Sheriff’s Office in test mode and about to go-live soon.
Along with the transition to RAIDS Online, LOGIS Public Safety has been working with Bair Analytics to offer its agencies ATACRAIDS which is an analytic dashboard specifically designed to be used within agencies for crime analysis and data sharing between agencies. ATACRAIDS is a very easy-to-use analytic tool for analysts and allows for all law enforcement personnel to be more aware of the crime situations that are occurring within their jurisdictions and in neighboring jurisdictions as well. Currently, the Maple Grove Police Department is piloting the ATACRAIDS initiative at LOGIS with other agencies to follow after full implementation at Maple Grove.
The annual Harris Customer Training Conference was held in Orlando, FL and was attended by LOGIS staff members. In addition to the three day training, Advanced hosted a two day pre-conference boot-camp. The boot-camp sessions are geared towards more in-depth training. A major focus of this year’s conference was on CIS Infinity Version 4, which Advanced has stated will be available to its clients in 2nd Quarter, 2014.
LOGIS staff holds two seats on the Executive Steering Committee. The committee is comprised of selected AUS clients and meets twice a year, once in spring and again at the Customer Training Conference. Committee members are charged with providing input on CIS Infinity and add-on products as well as future product growth initiatives.
The text in some Class windows uses a Windows system font that can be too small to be easily read or edited. Since there is no way to increase the magnification of the window within the Class program, some users find it necessary to squint and make their “best guess” as to what something says. However, there is small application available outside of Class—called “Magnifier”—that increases the magnification of your whole monitor, including Class.
To start Magnifier, select Start > All Programs > Accessories > Ease of Access > Magnifier. Starting this application will immediately increase your monitor’s magnification by 200%. This will make any small font instantly readable. You can also operate any other application on the screen—including Class—at the increased magnification. Once you no longer need the magnification, you can exit magnifier by clicking on the floating on-screen magnifying glass and then clicking on the “X” button.
Note that when the Magnifier is running and you are using the full screen option, there will be “too much screen for your monitor.” (The magnified image will no longer fit in the physical limits of your monitor.) The magnifier program deals with this by making your monitor’s borders “hot;” when your cursor gets near a monitor border, the magnified screen image underneath will move with your cursor.
To make the Magnifier application easier to use, it is possible to create a Windows shortcut for it and pin the shortcut to your taskbar. The Magnifier also has a number of options available that are too complex to get into in this short article. If you are interested in more information, open Start > Help and Support and enter “magnifier” in the search field.
The PIMS application has been undergoing many changes regarding help files. Help files accompany the software to provide key information explaining the program’s function and describe data fields within the user interface. Help files are extremely useful and help provide information to the end user about how to use the application.
By simply selecting the F1 key (when on a particular screen), a window will pop up with a detailed description about the screen’s usage, including instructions (if applicable), in addition to defining button and field information.
Help files are a very valuable tool and a great resource for end users to quickly search for and use relevant information.
Hennepin County is implementing a new Computer Aided Mass Appraisal (CAMA) system. Various assessor agencies wanted to know how data will be shared between existing systems and the new applications.
LOGIS is centrally located and has a conference room large enough to handle the large number of interested agencies, so the meeting was hosted at LOGIS on November 8, 2013. The meeting was setup with a WebEx session so those who were unable to physically attend were able to join the meeting via an internet connection.
Hennepin County presenters did a great job discussing many details of how data can be exchanged with the LOGIS consortium and other agencies using several different CAMA systems. They also presented a timeline for each phase of their implementation to give attendees a clearer understanding of their project and future expectations.
LOGIS is proud to announce the addition of a new member to our consortium! Ramsey County Emergency Communication Center has joined LOGIS for Network Services’ Managed Services of their server and network infrastructure. Starting in 2014, the Network Services staff will be supporting their Emergency Communications center’s server and network infrastructure, which will include their new TriTech systems.