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School Divisions Form Co-operative to Share CIMS Software and Hardware By Wayne Shimizu, Secretary-Treasurer, Seven Oaks School Division C IMS is a comprehensive software suite that has been developed specifically for school division use. It includes the following modules: payroll, human resources, finance, warehouse and student. This software solution is provided in Canada by Take Two Inc. and has been in Manitoba school divisions since the late 1980s. In Manitoba, it was first implemented in the St. Vital School Division, and then implemented in the Seven Oaks, River East, Winnipeg, Brandon and Mystery Lake School Divisions. Currently CIMS is used by over half the provinces school division personnel and integrates with all provincial and federal related partners (TRAF, MSBA, Teacher Certification and CRA). There are also school divisions in British Columbia, Alberta and a college in Ontario that use the CIMS software. In the 1990s and then again in the early 2000s, after amalgamation, there were discussions within the metro Winnipeg School Divisions about the possibility of sharing a centrally located Our goal in moving the iSeries to a Data Centre was to ensure that the software and hardware critical to the business operations of the school division had a more secure and reliable power supply with built in redundancy. IBM A/S400 to run the CIMS software. For a number of reasons, those discussions never progressed beyond the discussion phase. Over the years, the software has grown and changed, as has the number of school divisions using the software. The biggest change came in 2009 when Take Two began offering CIMS in the cloud (ASP model). This allowed CIMS to be offered in smaller environments, and both Turtle Mountain and Portage Le Prairie School Divisions purchased the service. In 2012, Interlake, Hanover and Lord Selkirk School Divisions all adopted CIMS. Take Two, the software provider, housed the software for these school divisions at their LaSalle Office 22 * Read this issue online at www.masbo.ca on a mini iSeries, the new name for the IBM A/S400. A drawback for the Divisions utilizing the ASP model is that the divisions don't own the software and, therefore, if the relationship with the software provider ends, the division's continued access to their data may become difficult. In the fall of 2013, Seven Oaks was exploring the possibility of housing its iSeries and CIMS application at a Data Centre. Our goal in moving the iSeries to a Data Centre was to ensure that the software and hardware critical to the business operations of the school division had a more secure and reliable continued on page 26 http://www.masbo.ca

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MASBO News - 2016

MASBO 2015–2016 Executive
2015–2016 Committees
Message from the MASBO President
Message from the Executive Director
Honourary/Life Members
Pre-Conference Workshop
MASBO’s 3 “Cs”: Collaboration – Culture – Climate
Establishing Cultures of Trust
MASBO Welcomes New Executive Members
Tom’s Next Chapter
Farewell, Roy!
“We Are Canadians” The Evolution of the Canadian School Business Officials’ Leadership Group
MASBO “PAL” Program – Supporting a Positive Organizational Culture
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba New Rate Model
School Divisions Form Co-operative to Share CIMS Software and Hardware
Fundamentals of Investigation
Facilities Management
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers

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