Oct 26, 2017

ITFollowing the Conference in Vancouver last fall, the Executive Committee made a commitment to the members of CPS-ECP to make much needed improvements to our Information Technology Platform. Since then a three-phased process was undertaken and that will result in an updated, more efficient and effective system to serve the needs of CPS-ECP, its members, Squadrons, Districts, Administration, and Educational Services for now and for the foreseeable future.

 

 

 



Phase I – IT Business Needs Assessment

We contracted with a consultant to conduct an IT Assessment, which was the "Discovery" process. This step involved gathering information from the volunteer leadership across the organization to determine what CPS-ECP needs and where it wants to go with a new system. This made sure that the goals, objectives, and strategies were properly defined and understood so that the next phase, that of developing specifications, including detailed instructions of the architecture required, could be undertaken. In other words, the critical part of this phase was to do a comprehensive business needs analysis.

Phase II – Requests for Proposal

This phase involved taking the results of Phase I and designing the things required to transform Phase I objectives into specific roadmaps that IT Project Managers could use to build the systems (including websites), which is Phase III. Phase II resulted in the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to a number of companies to give them the opportunity to present IT solutions first to our IT Renewal Team and ultimately to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

The RFP resulted in the selection of Innovexa Solutions as the company to build our new IT Platform.

Phase III – The Building Stage.

Innovexa has been working closely with our IT Project Team and members from all levels of CPS-ECP to ensure that they meet our expectations and build a comprehensive website that will service our Public, Member, Officer and Administrative needs. The website will be “Unveiled” at the National Conference in Charlottetown later this month. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to see what has been built and speak directly with the IT Team as well as representatives from Innovexa.

There will be further communications to all members outlining the launch details and the login process for the new site. Care has been taken to ensure that using the new site is an easy stress- free experience.

Stay tuned……..

An Abacos Adventure

Great Guana CayBy Mark Stevens; Photos by Sharon Matthew-Stevens

It’s a perfect Sunday morning jaunt.

We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set for a close reach out of a harbour guarded by a necklace of tiny emerald islands decorated by palms that dance in fifteen knots of wind.

Our boat, “Tropical Escape II” (perfect name for both the boat and our adventure), is a 44-foot Robertson and Caine catamaran, chartered from Sunsail’s Marsh Harbour base on Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island.

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Jeanneau NC 795 – designed in France and perfect for Canada

Jeanneau NC 795By Glen Cairns

After a period of record breaking hot and humid weather we had a dose of more traditional east coast conditions for our test run aboard the Jeanneau NC 795, with steady drizzle and a 15 – 20 knot south east breeze kicking up a short chop on Halifax’s Bedford Basin.

Last fall the management team from Dartmouth based Seamasters Services Limited, Chris Mills and Tara Mills along with sales manager Dave Trott, had an introduction to Jeanneau’s NC line at Yamaha’s fall gathering in Ontario.

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