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Only 5,000 in govt using application software

April 2nd, 2015

Barely a quarter of 20,000 officers are now using the application software set out for specific use in all departments despite a decade’s worth of development.

The State civil service is mired by a poor grip on technology and the lackadaisical attitude of officers has been blamed for its reasons.

“They need to make IT as part of their work culture,” said Resource Development and Information Technology Ministry Permanent Secretary Datuk Bruno vun.

“They are tools, and tools are supposed to work for them,” he explained.

Unlike the Internet, application software is designed for the use of its end users, in this instance the government officers.

Its creation like the State Computer Services Department did not happen overnight, and it involved hours of coding and work from software engineers in both specific and general use.

The response for general use applications like leave, human resource and pay roll had been generally fair, but it is the specific uses had been lukewarm.

With the State government paying RM28 million a year to upkeep the electronic government contract like connectivity, websites, email and manage services like costing, the use of in-house applications has been embarrassing.

Although they are generated to improve the delivery system, said Vun, allocations are also made to train staff and to run courses to allow officers to adopt these applications.

As the reasons are many, he pointed out the hardest to master was the senior officers who still rely heavily on the manual approach.

This means they would apply for leave and other general paperwork using paper. And this costs money too.

On the flip side, the junior officers who despite having a good command of the technology were mostly found playing truant on government computers which are equipped with Internet capability.

“Like visiting non-work related sites like social media or YouTube,” he said despite them knowing that their online moves are recorded through the computer Internet Protocols (IPs).

However, Vun said concern over Net surfing among officers is that they expose the whole system to virus attacks.

“Lucky there had been nothing serious so far. Sabah.net has set up quite a strong security mechanism,” he said.

But not all are negative on the introduction of applications to the government service.

According to Vun the use of IT has improved the government’s use of its manpower, saying many of them now would be able to do “more valuable work” on office time.

“Yes, they had to re-trained and retrofitted for newer roles. Mostly on the customer service line,” he told.

The introduction of the applications that have revolutionised the way the government administration is run has churned out value-added workers.

Vun has come to know that several staff now either had been promoted or able to execute vital roles in the ministry like office boys who also do desk jobs and telephone operators now crunching the keypads in accounts.

“They are being re-graded from their original roles, running from department to department offering what they can do to help others in the ministry.

“They are also areas where minimal amount of manpower is required as opposed to labour intensive methods that have been practised in the past,” he said.

Source:http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=98633

DND Looking For New Software For Canadian Forces Electronic Warfare Centre At Shirley’s Bay, Ottawa

June 9th, 2014

The Department of National Defence has a requirement for a contractor to provide professional services in the domain of systems integration towards the fulfillment of a small capital project titled COHO, according to the government’s project contract site.

More from the posting:

The COHO project aims to provide software solutions to the Canadian Forces Electronic Warfare Centre (CFEWC), located at Shirley’s Bay, Ottawa, which is a unit of the Canadian Forces Information Operations Group, under the Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management).

The purpose of this project is to provide systems integration, system design, software design and software development services with the ultimate objective of developing application-specific software for the CFEWC. The work to be performed under this project will assist CFEWC in enhancing electronic warfare capabilities for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Source:http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/dnd-looking-for-new-software-for-canadian-forces-electronic-warfare-centre-at-shirleys-bay-ottawa

Computer Guidance Corporation’s Human Resources Self Service Application Wins Customer Approval

June 5th, 2014

Computer Guidance Corporation, part of the Explorer Software Group of companies, the leading developer of financial and project management software solutions for architecture, engineering and construction companies, today announced the general availability of its Human Resources Self Service application after receiving customer endorsement from Northern Electric, Inc.

With the launch of the Human Resources Self Service application, Computer Guidance customers have the ability to provide their employees with secure and ubiquitous access to personalized employee information including pay stubs, W2s/T4s and other tools and services designed to reduce manual and paper-intensive business processes while reducing the strain on HR departments. Employees will now be able to view and manage their employee profile, view compensation, health and vacation benefit information while receiving continuous corporate updates and company communications regardless of their location and work hours.

“Computer Guidance’s Human Resources Self Service application has brought tremendous efficiencies to our HR department and has centralized bi-directional corporate communication with our employees,” said Mark Guth, Northern Electric. “Its deployment to our employees nationwide went smoothly and has been well received.”

“We took special care in ensuring that our Human Resources Self Service application was incredibly intuitive, customer customizable and easily deployable to thousands of employees within minutes, said Michael Bihlmeier, President, Computer Guidance Corporation. “The rapid ROI it offers combined with its beauty, rich functionality and attractive price point will undoubtedly make it the industry’s top selling application this year.”

Source:http://www.marketwatch.com/story/computer-guidance-corporations-human-resources-self-service-application-wins-customer-approval-2014-06-05

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