PilotFish and DAS/BEST have been working together to make it easy to get started with the PilotFish integration products.
If this is your agency’s first experience with the software, use these simple steps to ensure a productive initial experience:
1. Contact the state’s Coordinator at DAS/BEST for a project consultation.
The state has assigned stewards of the PilotFish products within the State of Connecticut. They are familiar with the product capabilities, past and present initiatives, and how the software fits in with other IT assets. They will provide an objective analysis of your project requirements and assist in determining whether PilotFish is a good fit. Click this link to contact the state’s Pilotfish Coordinator at DAS/BEST.
2. Review the PilotFish Integration Project questionnaire.
Through years of experience with integration projects, PilotFish has assembled a list of questions that should be answered and materials that should be gathered to prepare for a new project kickoff. PilotFish has worked with the state to refine these questions to best suit the needs of state agencies and has published them as a requirement gathering template. Note that this document is not intended to add red tape, but rather to prompt thought and discussion around important aspects of any integration project and to ensure the objectives are met. After you have completed the questionnaire, submit it to the state’s coordinator for review.
3. Schedule a face-to-face discussion with the PilotFish services team.
Once the requirements for your initial project are well understood, DAS/BEST will work with you to schedule a complimentary face-to-face discussion with the PilotFish services team. During this meeting, we will seek to understand the business and technical requirements of your effort and will demonstrate the features of the PilotFish eiConsole/eiPlatform products that may be leveraged to meet those requirements. We will also assist in estimating the level of effort required to complete PilotFish-related components of the project.
First-time implementers with clear requirements and a definitive schedule may also be eligible for additional consulting/development help at no charge. Click this link to contact the state’s Pilotfish Coordinator at DAS/BEST.
4. PilotFish support is Available.
First-time implementers may be eligible for consulting and development help at no charge. Additionally PilotFish has signed a subcontracting agreement with Tri-Com Consulting, a state-approved provider of staff augmentation services. Through this agreement, PilotFish can provide as-needed hourly consulting and interface development services at a dramatically reduced rate through 2012. Departments and agencies may contract with PilotFish through Tri-Com for as many, or as few, hours of help as they require.
PilotFish is offering these reduced rates for a limited time in order to facilitate the product roll-out and incentivize widespread early adoption.
5. Implement your first interface!
PilotFish will guide you through the installation of the appropriate eiConsole and eiPlatform software to support your initial project. The eiConsole is always installed on your developers’ local workstations. The eiPlatform server component may reside on a department/agency-hosted server, or in the shared services infrastructure at DAS/BEST – whichever is architecturally a better fit for the project. No eiPlatform instances will be shared between departments and agencies.
Typically, the PilotFish services team will also act in a mentorship capacity during the construction phase of the project. For the first interface, PilotFish will often do the majority of the development work with your staff watching and learning. For the second interface, your team will take the wheel with PilotFish available to assist as needed. This approach will help to ensure both a successful implementation and efficient knowledge transfer.
6. Become an expert at PilotFish development.
After the hands-on training that accompanies the initial implementation, formal training helps your development staff bone up on previously overlooked details and master additional aspects of the product set.
PilotFish has concluded a two-week-long training program for state employees. These videotaped sessions have been made available and offer a complete training course for those interested in learning how to use PilotFish products. Go to Training Videos to view these recording.
PilotFish has also created a complete learning center with online tutorials. Go to Product Tutorials to take advantage of these materials.
Want to learn more and see how PilotFish products can help your agency or department? Click this link to contact the state’s Pilotfish Coordinator at DAS/BEST.
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