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    Cognovation Corporation was either entirely responsible or played a key role with all aspects of the following Oracle application systems. These systems are accessible from a common menu and are web enabled. In particular, the eFIR and Municipal Performance Measurement applications were recently delivered specifically for Web access:

     

  • The Electronic Financial Information Return "eFIR" is the key data acquisition method for input to the Municipal Analysis and Retrieval System "MARS". The eFIR application is a complex financial package containing thirty one accounting schedules where each municipality reports their financial activities to the Province of Ontario on an annual basis.
  • The Municipal Analysis and Retrieval System "MARS" application constantly experiences growth and technological advancement requiring the approval of project plans. Objectives of past projects ultimately provided greater access to larger volumes of data for a variety of analytical formats. Aggregations and budgetary forecasts of municipal financial information resulted in the policy support for the amalgamation and restructuring of municipalities across Ontario i.e. the new City of Toronto. The MARS application is hosted on an Oracle RDBMS and consumes about five giga-bytes for data. There are approximately five hundred runtime objects including forms, reports, extracts, maintenance scripts, security mechanisms, etc. The entire application is accessible though the Web.
  • The Municipal Performance Measurement Program requires municipalities to collect data that measure their performance in nine core service areas. Information is gathered in service areas such as water, sewer, waste, fire, police, etc. and standardized into a central repository to produce reliable results for municipalities to compare and learn from.
  • The On-Line Grants Administration "OLGA" system performed the transfer of unconditional grants from the province to municipalities. There were three interim payments and a balance payment per annual cycle. Payments were based on formula calculations specific to each municipality and an electronic funds transfer managed payments. Although the OLGA program was discontinued in 1996, this system was the first application to use the Client/Server platform for its one billion dollar program delivery.
  • The Boundary Analysis Simulation System enabled the policy branch to do an impact study when a municipal boundary change is proposed. Large amounts of assessment data was used from Ministry of Finance assessment roles to calculate shifts in property tax for lower tier, upper tier, and school board purposes.
  • The Capital Funding Unit keeps track of one hundred and fifty billion dollars in outstanding mortgages held by the Province of Ontario for housing needs. The application understands amortization periods, mortgage terms, term rates, lending institutions, property held, and escrow. The application serves auditors to ensure correct payments are made and to whom. Data material gathered here is used by policy for Mortgage Forecasting.
  • The Non-Profit Mortgage Forecasting system projects "what-if" scenarios of multiple mortgage terms over various amortization periods. Assumption sets use the amortization period, a range of mortgage term dates, a boundary of interest rates per term, and apply formulas to forecast the remortgaging for non profit housing. The policy branch uses these forecasts to support the decision process needed to optimize the purchase of mortgages to save money on capital funding.
  • The Municipal Billing System is what it says in that municipalities are billed for services provided by the province. The billing system generates an electronic financial transaction used by Finance branch to generate invoices.
  • The Data Warehouse was project managed by Oracle Consulting and Cognovation built the data transformation PL/SQL packages using CTAS methodology, built the API's to the Designer repository for data model re-generation, built Oracle*Forms modules for the user interface, provided data mapping specifications, documented the process flow into technical manuals, provided specifications to the Discoverer developers, and performed quality assurance post-production activities.
  • The Surplus Employee Administration System assisted the Human Resource department to map the movement of provincial employees during the downsizing exercise in 1996. This application identified employees and their target employment positions, pension options, and exit package compensations across multiple collective agreements.
  • The Skills Transfer Program was conceptualized and implemented entirely for the knowledge transfer of Oracle tools to mainframe personnel with fifteen years or more of computing experience. This highly successful program was cross integrated into the DBL625 computing program at Seneca college.
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