We have upgraded Redmine to the latest 3.4 release.
Attendees: Sabina Bellino, Kevin Coppert, Josh Juneau, Josh Kenney, Karen Kosky
This week we were happy to have Josh Kenney representing the FESS Engineering department. We had a great discussion regarding FESS Engineering software, processes, and future directions. The Engineering group is currently investigating the use of Service Now for intake of Fermilab project requests, and they may be seeking the use of another project management software as well. There was also discussion around the idea of possibly seeking out an estimating software at some point in the future for the Engineering department, and having an online version of the ICE form rather than using spreadsheets. I will reach out to Michele McCusker from AD to find out if there have been any plans for an online ICE form and communicate back to the group.
Karen attended and we reviewed the Software/Request form with her. She likes it and would be happy to disseminate the information to FESS. I will work with the group to write up a short article around the group’s charge and introduce the Software/Request form. Karen plans to use that article to send the information to other department heads in FESS. We also had discussed the overall role of the group, and determined that we should not be policing software purchases or initiatives, but rather, we should be helping to make recommendations and suggestions for new software or solution intentions so that we can help guide towards better integration and less replication of functionality. Lastly, Karen would like for us to discuss and put together a short article to help others at the lab learn about how they can make use of our FESS online systems. This article may include information regarding submitting work order tickets online, searching for open tickets or active equipment, seeking out information from GIS, and so forth. We should discuss this topic in our next meeting.
Rather than having a separate meeting with FESS management and the entire FIT group, we should probably have at least one FIT group member attend the 8:30 management meeting once a month…possibly even more often. Let’s discuss this in an email or at the next meeting so that we can continue to work on informing management of the FIT group initiatives.
Other important information:
- This morning the T&M and FESS Motorpool applications were upgraded to Oracle 12 and Payara 5. Updated URLs will be posted to the website.
- The intention is to have all new T&M Requisitions go through the online requisition system in the near future.
- I would like to change the day and time of the FIT meeting to something that everyone else finds more useful…even the location of the meeting. I’ll put together an email that we can use to help determine the best day/time/location.
In the FIT Meeting for 06/13/2019, Kevin provided a nice tour of the Self Service Property application. Prior to the FIT meeting, we met with Site Services and FESS Management as a team. There was a large discussion regarding the upcoming requirement to update RPVs on OSFs, and also how we are going to proceed with capturing condition assessments.
It has been nearly two weeks since our last meeting, and I apologize for the late posting. Current events discussed on 05/30/2019:
- Self Service Property 3.2 work continues
- No eLog decisions have been made, as yet, from the AD with respect to providing FESS with an eLog account
- FAMIS 12c forms/reports still in testing, AppTree Connectors being installed to new servers FESS-OWLD and FESS-OWLP
- FID Validation preparation
During this meeting, Bridgett presented the eJulie application.
Thanks to everyone who was able to attend.
During this meeting, we went around the table to converse about the latest items/topics. Items to note:
- Cedric had mentioned that they were keen on obtaining photos and Dawn said she'd be able to help out in that area.
- Database patching that will be occurring over the next several weeks.
- Self Service Property 3.2 testing and development underway
- Pat has been working lots with the latest round of AppTree updates and troubleshooting the application crashes.
Dawn presented on some slides that she had shown at the Facility Manager's meeting with respect to some of the tools available within the ArcGIS applications.
Thanks for attending.
This was the first meeting where we went around the table to discuss what was happening in our areas of Fermi. Once we made it around the room, it became apparent that we need to keep focused on “Integration” topics, as our summaries took about 90% of the meeting time. This is a very good practice and I think we need to continue doing it each meeting so that we can all keep aware of what is occurring throughout the section. I’ll do my best to shorten my list to only those items that are integration related so that we can make it around the room and still have time for other meeting agenda items!
I provided an update on the eLog request, as it is still in the hands of AD at this time. I have been in contact with the developer and he is requesting from the AD Operations Management team that FESS is provided a separate log. I will keep this group, and the FM Group, posted with the latest details.
The Software/Solution request form is now in production. We haven’t yet publicized it, and I’ll discuss with management and keep the group updated. It is certainly apparent that we need to have fully documented requests so that we know the exact intentions of the requestor and the purpose of the requested solution. I don’t think we can capture everything with this form. For instance, Larry’s follow-up email on the eLog request provided a great deal of insight into the process. I do not believe an online form will help us to capture that detail. So with that said, I think we all have agreed that the form is a good starting point.
I briefly mentioned the “Predictive Solutions” software, as this will likely be coming to FIT for review in a future meeting. Stay tuned for more information and details on this software.
Lastly, I will follow up with management on bringing someone from FESS Engineering into the group. I think we need to have a representative from that department to keep us informed and to help collaborate on integration tactics.
Thanks for meeting today. This week we briefly reviewed the overall intentions of the group, reviewed an incoming Software and Solution Request, and Cedric provided us with a great presentation on the Metasys system.
Beginning with the next meeting, we will start to go around the table so that each of us can share any current initiatives that may be worth mentioning so that the group can better collaborate on solutions for the section. This is something that we haven’t really done as part of this meeting yet, and I think we are at a point where it makes sense to start.
We reviewed Larry Sliwa’s request for an ELog system. The ELog initiative is to create a solution similar to the AD electronic log (https://www-bd.fnal.gov/Elog) that will allow a few operators to log in and post details regarding tasks, photos, and other information to keep everyone current on operations 24/7. There are a few pieces of software that FESS already has in-place or has the ability to use, which may be suitable for this request:
- FAMIS and AppTree Mobile Priority 0 Work Orders
- Survey 123
- Look into possibly extending the AD solution to provide FESS with a separate log
After reviewing, the Facilities Integration Team collaboratively agrees that the AppTree mobile application paired with a Priority 0 work order ticket may be the solution. When a priority 0 ticket is created (using the app or the FAMIS desktop solution), it can be displayed on the web immediately using the “Zero Priority WO Search” (https://fess-appdev.fnal.gov/app/FermiFamis/faces/zeroPriorityWo.xhtml). We will have to add the ability to view attached pictures/documents inline without clicking on the work order, but this solution should work with minimal effort. I am planning to respond to Larry to let him know that this is the recommended approach from the team. I’ll wait until next week to respond to Larry with the recommendation so that everyone in this group has time to respond, if necessary. I will copy email@example.com in the response.
Finally, Cedric provided an overview of the Metasys system. I want to thank Cedric for taking the time to do so, as it was very informative.
Thanks for attending the meeting yesterday. We reviewed the charter once again, and took a look at some slight modifications that have been made with respect to the intent of the group. Essentially we added one of our main purposes, as follows:
“Collaboratively focus on facilities data initiatives, seeking integration improvement opportunities”
I had the opportunity to meet with Joe, Karen, and Mark yesterday after the meeting and we discussed the charter. It was well received.
We also continued our review of the FESS Software and Applications, looking more into the FID and CAIS systems. I thought that the CAIS review was especially useful, thanks to Steve for demonstrating parts of that system. Next time we will continue these system reviews.
Lastly, I added an additional field to the “Software\Solution Request Form” entitled, “Current Procedure”. I have placed the form into the development environment and it can be viewed at the following link:
Thanks for meeting yesterday folks. We went over the following during the meeting:
- Reviewed the updated project charter. There seems to be concern about the overall goal of integration with other laboratory systems. Although the FIT team can only recommend software solutions for FESS, there may be a gap when other divisions/sections utilize software that makes use of FESS data. Please review and send revised copies of the updated project charter to me. You can find the updated project charter at the following link:
Project Charter (In Progress): https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/documents/1249
- We began the FESS Internal systems review, beginning with FID. I began to walk the group through the application and highlighted integration features, specifically. I will continue the FID review at an upcoming meeting, and also work through the reviews of all systems I manage/maintain. Once I complete the review of my systems, we will work through the systems that others in the group manage. The overall goal being that members of the team have a basic understanding of all FESS systems so that we can better review any new software or solution requests.
Thanks everyone for attending the meeting yesterday. I am sorry that we had some technical difficulties in the new meeting room and it took some time away from the meeting time.
I believe that we had some great eye openers in yesterday’s meeting after we saw the initial software request and the “Software/Solution Request” form in action. We need to build out the form just a bit, specifically requesting that the requirements be listed. We also perhaps need to drop the question about cloud/desktop…or revise it to a radio button selection. We also need include the ability to upload attachments that can be used for reference. Please send feedback to this group with respect to what else we should be adding to the form.
Use the forms below to access the software/solution request form and listing. After you log in, you need to click on the “Main Menu” option, then find the corresponding “Software or Solution Request” links on the main screen because I’ve made each of you administrators so you can review requests. The average requestor should be taken directly to the form.
Review Existing Requests: https://fess-appdev.fnal.gov/app/FermiFamis/faces/administration/softwareRequestReview.xhtml
The specific request that came in also brought into question some of our Facilities Integration Team responsibilities. To what extent do we “review” the requests? Do we really need to review enhancement requests, or requests for solutions that are targeted at specific systems such as FAMIS, GIS, or existing web applications? I do not believe that the intent of the FIT group is to debate on the best in house solution if multiple solutions already exist, but rather, we need to determine if we already have something in-house that can accommodate the request or if software needs to be purchased. If we have several solutions in-house that would work, then maybe we should recommend to the requestor each of these solutions so that they can choose which would suit their needs best. What are your thoughts? We need to determine our responsibility and spell this out more in our charter, and hope to do so before our next meeting. Please send any feedback on the charter to this group as well.
Charter (In-Progress) URL: https://cdcvs.fnal.gov/redmine/projects/facilities-integration/files
In summary, we began to review the initial “Software/Solution Request” form, as well as the initial solution request in our meeting yesterday. There was a lot of discussion as to the intention of the request, and also to the responsibilities of this group. I have invited Joe Pygott to the next meeting to discuss his solution request in more detail.
Thanks for your time, and let me know if you have any questions. Please do feel free to reply to the group and continue the conversation.
-- Follow Up --
Indeed we need to continue to build out our FESS Software Portfolio, as it is difficult to perform any software review before we know about all systems and application that are currently in-place. Please do update the portfolio if things seem to be missing…and I think if we each provide a brief presentation/overview of the systems under our purview then it will help everyone in the group to better understand the entire portfolio.
There are areas on the REDMINE wiki for data flow diagrams. I have also added another for Visio diagrams, etc. to help explain or storyboard software and/or processes where it makes sense. Dawn, thanks for offering to do a diagram of the software and solution request process…it will be beneficial to have in the end once we formalize the process. If anyone would like to add diagrams for other processes then please do so by adding them to the wiki using the following location:
Please feel free to add links or references, as needed, to help make the wiki more useful for our group and for FESS as a whole.
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