Address BC Blog

Friday, December 17, 2010

AddressBC ‘Virtually’ Ready for Flight Check

AddressBC is now installed on ICIS Test Environment, which also happens to be a VM set up for the ‘flight check’ before launch of the application.

So far the project team is quite impressed with the responsiveness of the application in this new environment and expect another improvement once AddressBC is upgraded to the Production Environment in the New Year.

The additional effort of delivering to a Test VM to prepare for a move to the Production server has been well worth it. The net benefit is that the project team has had the opportunity to scrutinize the myriad configurations, settings and security measures before the move to Production.

After all, the fewer surprises we are faced with at launch, the better we will all feel about being air-borne together!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Nanaimo RD Hosts ICIS and AddressBC

The AddressBC project team were thrilled by the turn-out and reception at the recent Nanaimo Workshop on Dec 2nd, hosted by the Regional District of Nanaimo. 

Local government members throughout the Nanaimo, Alberni Clayoquot and Cowichan Valley regions attended to talk about ways to improve data sharing initiatives that, for most, began with membership in ICIS. 

The AddressBC team was on hand to introduce the AddressBC application and discuss local solutions for managing address data that will make a province-wide address registry a reality.

Workshop discussion provided some interesting insights into the vast differences in addressing systems, solutions and needs where participants had a rare opportunity to share their challenges and successes in managing address data. Most of the challenges centered on addressing multiple units and mobile home parks as well as the genuine lack of available tools to easily maintain point address data within already strained resources and budgets.

As AddressBC has been developed by our members to provide a simple user-interface for updating and managing addresses online as well as a robust data model to provide solutions to even the most complex addresses, the project team looks forward to making sure these local governments get the best use from their investment in AddressBC. 

The Nanaimo Workshop highlighted, once again, the ICIS collaborative advantage where new or renewed contact with folks from neighbouring jurisdictions and a member-driven focus results in an enviable lead in data sharing and cooperation.