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City of Saint Paul Announces New Special Assessment Web Site

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The City of Saint Paul announced the launch of their new eProperty web site hosted by LOGIS.  Our staff and the Saint Paul Real Estate staff worked together to create the new site which has an updated look. The goal was to develop a site which would give citizens and Title Companies easy access to real time assessment information with an easy to navigate web interface.

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Category: Property Data,Special Assessments

Network Services Update 7/12/2010

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Citrix Xenapp

In June, LOGIS completed the migration of the mobile users of our Permits, Property Data, and Special Assessment applications to the new Citrix Xenapps (6.0) server farm.   Once this migration was completed, we immediately began the conversion of our Utility Billing users and servers.  To date we have migrated three utility billing cities to the new farm with the remaining 20+ cities scheduled to be migrated during the months of July and August.

Media Server

In June, LOGIS completed the implementation of a new Windows 2008 media server.  This implementation transforms our existing media server offerings from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008 and allows our members to utilize the additional features inherent to Windows 2008.  These features include Advanced Fast Start, Advanced Fast Forward, Fast Reverse and additional media formats such as:

  • Windows Media Audio (WMA)
  • Windows Media Video (WMV)
  • Advanced System Format (ASF)
  • MP3
  • Windows Media playlist (WSX)
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Category: Networking,WAN

ArcGIS 10 has arrived!

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The long awaited ArcGIS 10 has arrived.  LOGIS GIS and our member cities received ArcGIS 10 on June 30.  LOGIS staff immediately began a transition to full time use of ArcGIS 10 and expects to complete the transition in our office during the week of July 12.  The upgrade will include ArcGIS Desktop, our concurrent use license manager for ArcInfo and extensions, ArcReader, ArcSDE, and ArcGIS Server.

The GIS Policy Committee has discussed this transition and the roles that LOGIS GIS and our cities will have in this process.  Your city will fit into one of the following scenarios.

  1. Ready for upgrade immediately.  LOGIS GIS staff will assist with installs and licensing.
  2. Ready for upgrade immediately.  City will manage all installation and licensing.
  3. Upgrade schedule is dependent upon certification of other 3rd party software, for example, Cityworks, Cartegraph.  These cities may need to run a mixed version environment of ArcGIS products for 6-12 months.

LOGIS GIS and the GIS Policy Committee strongly recommend that all cities in scenarios 1 and 2 upgrade to ArcGIS 10 at their earliest convenience.

LOGIS GIS staff is now primarily supporting ArcGIS 10.  We will continue to run ArcMap 9.3 in a virtual machine environment until August 31, 2010.  With approval of the GIS User Group we will discontinue support for ArcGIS 9.x products at that time.

Since ArcGIS 10 training was offered in April we do expect that some end-users may need a brief refresher before they become proficient with the new software.  Please let us know if additional training is need for you or a staff member.

Enjoy ArcGIS 10.

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Category: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

JDE Financial Support Team Announces 2010 Training Schedule

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The Financial system support team has reviewed the user group responses for a series of training classes scheduled for late summer through late fall 2010. The refresher classes will focus on expanding the day to day use of the various tools within the JDEdwards software to utilize functionality and gain efficiencies when processing periodic tasks.

Almost fifty sessions have been scheduled to review and expand task topics ranging from “Basic Navigation” and “General Ledger Set-up” to “A/P Tips and Tricks” and “Optimizing JDE Software by Leveraging Microsoft Excel”.

The training schedules are available to all members on the JDE Financial Intranet.

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Category: Financial Systems,Payroll/HR

Public Safety Intranet is Easily Available

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Member agencies use the LOGIS intranet site to access files for installation and to download documentation for applications. In the past, navigating to the correct area of the intranet could be difficult. To make it easier to find the public safety materials, members within the LOGIS network can access the LOGIS public safety intranet area by going to http://PublicSafety.logis.org. Once there, navigation links can be found along the left hand side of the screen. Materials on using BI Web, Premier CAD and LRMS can be found under the “documents” category. Also, some installation files and LOGIS staff contact information can be found under the “lists” category. Some applications can be launched directly from this page. In the coming months we will be adding manuals for the Premier One system as they become available.

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Category: Computer Aided Dispatch,Law Records Management

Assessing Basemap Application Matures as a Collaborative Effort with LOGIS PDS

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In one of LOGIS GIS Service’s first efforts to directly foster collaboration among LOGIS GIS and all LOGIS business applications, the GIS group released AssessingBasemap in mid 2009. This month AssessingBasemap is moving through its first transition of “Display Year” and “Current Year” data for our Property Data System (PDS) users.  This group of users will be meeting later this month to discuss the successes and possible additional requirements of AssessingBasemap.

AssessingBasemap is a web mapping application that offers common map and query functionality to assessors and appraisers to evaluate property information from the LOGIS Property Data System.  It is secured to each individual city’s assessing staff.   The interface is enabled to display a configurable list of attributes for both “display year” data and “current year” valuation data.   The application’s data is unique by city but the interface and functionality is similar across all six PDS cities.

AssessingBasemap is a standard “out-of-the-box” web application using ESRI’s ArcGISServer template.  This template provides standard mapping capabilities such as map navigation, printing, searching, and feature attribute display.  This common functionality is provided to the end-user without having to write source code.  The application is intended to be simple in both form and function without incurring significant development expense and the user can navigate and consume the basics of the application through a common “hands-on” experience without the need for training.  And, since AssessingBasemap is a web application, no need for installation, update down-time, or OS compatibility concerns.

AssessingBasemap is supported by the LOGIS GIS team with additional database assistance from the PDS support group and is available to any LOGIS Property Data System city.  Please contact the LOGIS GIS team for additional information on AssessingBasemap and other GIS solutions.

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Category: Geographic Information Systems (GIS),Property Data

Windows 7 Application Support

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The recent release of Windows 7 presented a whole new set of challenges for the Property Data, Special Assessments and Permits and Inspections Management support teams to overcome. Cities were eager to roll out both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows 7 but needed to wait until the LOGIS staff could produce a workable solution.

New install packages and install procedures needed to be developed, and they are intelligent enough to be used on all Windows OS versions ranging from Windows XP to Windows 7, both 32 bit and 64 bit versions. Rolled into the new packages are Crystal Reports updates that resolved several existing small reporting and data exporting issues.

The new install packages are available on all participating member’s servers effective June 11, 2010.

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Category: Permits & Inspections Management,Property Data,Special Assessments

PCI-DSS Compliancy is coming to Utility Billing

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LOGIS will be soon be upgrading all cities’ versions of CIS Infinity to ensure compliance with the new security standards set by the credit card industry.  PCI DSS, which stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, is a set of requirements for enhancing payment data security.  This standard helps organizations like LOGIS proactively protect customer account data.

CIS Infinity utilizes functionality to pay bills using credit cards and LOGIS will be upgrading each member to the PCI compliant version that is soon to be available from Advanced Utility Systems.  These upgrades to CIS Infinity will need to occur by July 1, 2010.

If you have questions on this, please feel free to contact LOGIS Utility Billing Staff, at 763-543-2660.

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Category: Utility Billing

PCI Compliance is Coming to ePermits

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The new credit card security standard: PCI DSS

LOGIS is in the process of making changes to ensure the ePermit website is compliant with the new security standards set by the credit card industry. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is moving forward with this change in order to prevent any type of security breach or fraud. This is enforced by the major credit card companies that make up the Payment Card Industry Security Council—American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard and Visa.

This will involve specific changes to the payment function in ePermits.  All PIMS cities that use ePermits through LOGIS will need to have their software upgraded to the new versions by July 1, 2010.

We anticipate all of our ePermits cities to be up and running on the new version in time to meet the deadline. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact LOGIS at 763-543-2600.

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Category: Permits & Inspections Management

Class Version 7.00 Upgrade Project Nears Completion

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The project to upgrade all of LOGIS’ Class (Parks and Rec System) users to version 7.00 of Class is nearing completion. At this point, all cities have been converted to the new version except for Richfield and Robbinsdale. Richfield is scheduled to be upgraded on June 16, and Robbinsdale will be upgraded the following week, on June 23. LOGIS recently held a user group meeting to discuss and demonstrate the new features and enhancements of Class version 7.00.

The main reason driving the need for the upgrade is to comply with the credit card industry’s upcoming security standard called “PCI DSS” (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). The new version of Class (7.00) is compliant with the standard, while the previous version (6.04) was not. Click here for more information about PCI DSS and how it affects Class.

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Category: Parks and Recreation Systems

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