IT centre sets tone for North Shore high-tech base.The creation of a regional Information and Communication Technology
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The facility is part of the town's IT strategy to build technology capacity within the community of 5,000 and the surrounding area to assist in the transition to a knowledge-based economy.
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The development corporation struck a partnership deal in January with Kelowna. B.C.-based Vadim Software, the largest manufacturer of municipal finance software, to deliver integrated municipal solutions to small municipalities across Ontario.
Vadim's ASP (Application Service Provider) is geared to small municipalities (with populations under 5,000) on limited budgets to have integrated processing and reporting functions similar to a big city's.
This municipal-private sector partnership will be run under the banner of the Algoma District Municipal Application Service (ADMAS), which will be run out of the ICT centre on Hanes Avenue.
FedNor and Human Resource Development Canada have contributed about $139,000 to hire four high-tech staffers and furnish the centre.
Government and local development officials believe the ICT centre will develop a full range of knowledge-based skills in the community in computer network operations Computer Network Operations (CNO) is a U.S. military doctrinal term which comprises computer network attack, computer network defense, and related computer network exploitation enabling operations. , server maintenance, online municipal solutions and inbound technical call centre skills.
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"It's big-city software we've redesigned for small towns," says Jack Richardson, the centre's project manager, who has lured three former Blind River residents back home from high-tech jobs in Ottawa, North Bay and Elliot Lake Elliot Lake, city (1991 pop. 14,089), S central Ont., Canada, W of Sudbury. The focus of a 1950s uranium-mining boom, it is now a retirement home center. to staff the centre.
The software was currently being used by the Town of Blind River in late April and the partners intend to market it to other Ontario towns.
Eventually, the ADMAS project is designed to be a self-sustaining, stand-alone project that soon will be incorporated as a spin-off company, separate from the development corporation.
In preparing the town's IT strategy, Burton says rather than chase down the boom-and-bust employment scenarios associated with hosting outbound call centres, they concentrated on opportunities to create a technology base, stock a talent pool of high tech jobs, and later on provide a source of tech support to private enterprise.
Due to lack of a business case, Blind River was one of the last communities in the Algoma district to get high-speed Internet See broadband. , a source of frustration for the Blind River Development Corp that stunted any plans to develop high tech capacity.
Within the last few years, AdNet, a non-profit regional service provider, has invested in telecommunications infrastructure and installed high-speed access points throughout the Algoma district.
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Burton says the current focus of their IT strategy is ensure the ADMAS project is established and delivers a superior quality service to client municipalities.
Over the next few months, the BRDC's board of directors will have discussions on ways and means WAYS AND MEANS. In legislative assemblies there is usually appointed a committee whose duties are to inquire into, and propose to the house, the ways and means to be adopted to raise funds for the use of the government. This body is called the committee of ways and means. to chase other opportunities.
One opportunity they are investigating might fill a specific need in the call centre industry.
The BRDC is examining the potential of creating a spin-off company offering an "over-load service" to big call centre companies across Ontario and the U.S. to handle small contracts.
"When you have small contracts on behalf of a client, and it's too much of are-work to install the client-tracking software and hire the people specifically for that function," explains Burton, "maybe that's something we can house for them by providing the office space and hook-ups to execute that contract fairly efficiently and at lower cost than it would be downtown Toronto Downtown Toronto is the heart of the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is approximately bounded by Bloor Street (including areas slightly north of Bloor around Yonge Street) to the north, Lake Ontario to the south, Bayview Avenue - Don Valley Parkway to the east, and Bathurst .
"There are a number of opportunities that open up once you have a (technology) base in place."
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