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A new secure online adoption application system for BC

November 7th, 2016 | Posted in Announcements, In the News

On Monday October 31, the British Columbia Minister for Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux announced Adopt BC Kids, a new secure online adoption application developed by Avocette and built for British Columbians looking to adopt children and youth from care.

Adopt BC Kids, a new secure adoption application developed by Avocette

First row from left: Dawn Watters, adoptive parent; Stephanie Cadieux, BC’s Minister of Children and Family Development; Wendy Norris, adoptive services consultant; Steve Thomson, Kelowna-Mission MLA. Second row from left: Scott Ross, CEO of Avocette; Dr. Anne Clayton, Executive Director of Guardianship, Adoption and Permanency, Ministry of Children & Family Development; Norm Letnick, BC’s Minister of Agriculture.

A New, Secure Online Adoption Application for BC

Adopt BC Kids is the first website of its kind in Canada. As a national leader in red tape reduction, British Columbia is streamlining the adoption process by replacing the old paper-driven practices. Adopt BC Kids brings together all the children available for adoption and all the families applying to adopt in a single database. It is personalized and user-friendly with a built-in, automatic matching system.

The new system empowers parents with a secure website and tracking system that allows them to submit an online application. The tracking system also gives parents a better understanding of where they are in the approval process and the required next steps.

In addition, families will have the support of new adoption service hub staff. Staff and families will work together, ensuring application packages have the required supporting documents and lightening the burden on adoption workers. The Adopt BC Kids system combined with the efforts of this staff will enable adoption workers to focus on finding the right match for families and children.

You can read the full announcement from the Ministry of Children and Family Development here.

November is Adoption Awareness Month!

 Adoptions Awareness Month Poster and Adopt BC Kids, a new secure online adoption application developed by AvocetteThe announcement of Adopt BC Kids came on the eve of Adoption Awareness Month. The Adoptive Families Association of BC explains that events during the month of November offer opportunities “to celebrate, promote, educate, advocate for, and create dialogue about adoption.”

Visit their event page for a list of events taking place near your community.

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) chooses Avocette

June 27th, 2016 | Posted in Announcements, In the News

Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has chosen Avocette to implement the Accela Civic Platform, providing citizens online and mobile services.We are pleased to announce that the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has awarded Avocette the contract to implement a modern, cloud based Asset Management Solution that will revolutionize their online customer services.

We will be working with the RMOW to implement the Accela Civic Platform, which will empower municipal employees to provide citizens with more efficient and responsive services through online access and mobile devices.

The Civic Platform will give residents 24/7 access to the RMOW’s services from an online portal or an application on their mobile device.

For example:
A citizen spots a problem such as a damaged storm drain and reports it to RMOW directly from their mobile device. The application automatically assigns the incoming request to the appropriate department and staff member, who receives the work order on their mobile device in the field. When they complete the request, the staff member updates the workflow, triggering the application to notify the original citizen of its completion.

The implementation and software costs are estimated to total $1.21 million over the first five years. It is also estimated that using the Accela Civic Platform will save the RMOW more than $1 million in the first five years. Savings will come through more effective and timely management of the municipality’s assets, such as sewer and storm water systems.

Enabling the public to engage with their government both when and how they so choose will help the RMOW extend the life of infrastructure by catching and responding to issues early.

The improved communication between citizens and the municipality will also help the RMOW gain deeper insight into community issues, increase resident satisfaction, and achieve future cost savings on service delivery through the archiving and management of customer service data.

Avocette has 15 current and completed Accela engagements, and more than 25 Accela Consultants based throughout North America.

Ask us how we can save you more than $1 million as well!

Support for Wood Buffalo

May 10th, 2016 | Posted in Announcements, In the News

Avocette Supports Wood Buffalo

Flag image courtesy of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo www.rmwb.ca

We’d like to extend our support to the people affected by the terrifying wildfires in Fort McMurray and surrounding communities of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. At the time of posting, the following communities are under an evacuation order:

  • Fort McMurray
  • Anzac
  • Gregoire Lake Estates
  • Fort McMurray First Nation

Avocette and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo have been working closely together for three years. On behalf of everyone at Avocette, we have pledged a cash donation of $5,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Emergency Appeal, which the Canadian federal government and province of Alberta will match, and waived our monthly Service Plus++ support fees for May.

Here’s how you can  donate to the Red Cross Alberta Fires Emergency Appeal:

  • Go online at www.redcross.ca
  • Call toll-free at 1-800-418-1111
  • Text REDCROSS to 30333 ($5 donation)
  • Text FIRES to 45678 ($10 donation)

Avocette Renews Gold In The Microsoft Partner Network

March 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Announcements, Information Technology, Partners

We are proud to announce that Avocette has attained the Gold Application Development competency and Gold Data Platform competency in the Microsoft Partner Network. These achievements demonstrate Avocette’s “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment. Avocette is now a part of the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

microsoft partner network gold competencies

Earning a Microsoft Gold Competency

This is the eleventh consecutive year that Avocette has earned the Gold Application Development competency, and fifth consecutive year that we’ve earned the Gold Data Platform competency. In order to earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must:

  • Successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise,
  • Designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity,
  • Submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects
  • Implement a yearly customer satisfaction study,
  • Meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and
  • Pass technology and/or sales assessments.

“By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” explains Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top 1 percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

Gold Application Development and Gold Data Platform Competencies

By gaining access to a comprehensive set of benefits through the Application Development and Data Platform competencies, Avocette can help new customers become more productive and profitable through deployment of business applications, advanced web portals and rich client user interfaces that run on premises or in the cloud.

Earning the Application Development and Data Platform competencies helps differentiate Avocette as trusted experts through the development and deployment of commercial or custom applications built using core Microsoft technologies. These core Microsoft technologies include Windows Server and Windows 8 operating systems, the Windows Azure platform, Microsoft SQL Server 2014, Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 development system, Microsoft BizTalk Server and emerging cloud-based and web business models.

About the Microsoft Partner Network

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and, with 640,000 Microsoft partners in their ecosystem, to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

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