Wostmann & Associates has more than 25 years experience in state government technology projects. We have supported the State of Alaska in a variety of initiatives, from website and reporting systems to complex integration and enterprise systems and we welcome opportunities to any state with our experienced, senior technology professionals. We often perform our government services via our joint-venture partnership, Alaska IT Group, which combines our services with those of other leading small technology firms. Wostmann and Alaska IT Group are registered in Alaska for several IT service categories listed below. State agencies and local governments may utilize the Alaska Task Order Procurement System (TOPS) for our services or may contact us directly for more information.
We worked with Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to offer the public real-time road information anywhere, anytime, resulting in more informed drivers and safer driving. We designed and built a comprehensive web application to monitor and display weather and driving conditions from hundreds of sites on the Alaska road system. The system continues to provide real-time information to the public with high-reliability, high up-time and a sophisticated administration interface. It was built with Java backend, utilizing the Mapper framework, JBoss, load-balanced across distributed servers, Oracle databases and CSS-based HTML layout.
This project included design and development of a web application and data warehouse for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to combine and analyze highway statistics from multiple sources and provide for better decision-making. The system provides easy access to mainframe highway data including motor vehicle accidents, weigh-in-motion speed and traffic, functional classification of roadways and bridge information. In addition to web development, the project involved capture and transformation of various highway data, a road segment lookup tool and data extraction to the Agency’s GIS Mapping System. It was built using Oracle 10g, PL/SQL, Java/Servlets, Enhydra/XMLC and Perl loading scripts.
Wostmann worked with Alaska DOT&PF to create an online permitting system to enable requests anytime, anywhere, offer more flexibility to customers and provide faster reviews and improved tracking by government agencies. The system includes a web application for permit applicants and a three-tiered desktop application for DOT&PF staff. In use today, the system allows for multiple permit types by individuals and organizations, enables permit tracking and provides Agency-wide reporting of the permitting process. Information updates occur on the desktop application on start-up and users may store documents in any format related to a permit within the application. Technologies include Java/CORBA, Oracle 10g, Sun Solaris, iPlanet, Eclipse IDE, Enhydra and Borland JBuilder.
Our team worked with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation to help expand and improve customer service, comply with federal regulations and create better reports and analyses. This project involved software selection and project management of a new commercial product for AHFC’s housing assistance programs. The new system replaced legacy technology with web-based features and accessibility. Wostmann was responsible for facilitating product demonstrations and evaluations, clarifying functional requirements and providing project leadership functions including work planning, assignments, staff mentoring, communications, quality assurance, progress reporting, issue resolution, risk mitigation and documentation.
Wostmann performed a comprehensive analysis for Alaska’s Fish & Game Department to upgrade its legacy system used to compute Chinook salmon counts each year and developed interim improvements for more efficient and accurate data capture. The system is used by the Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) Chinook Technical Committee. The legacy system was comprised of mainframe programs, QuickBasic scripts operating on flat file structures and Coded Wire Tag (CWT) data. Our team designed a relational database to store raw CWT data, developed a Windows-based desktop application to import raw data and perform cohort analysis and prepared recommendations to develop a more robust enterprise solution.
This project was jointly managed by Wostmann and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to enable more complete information and easier tracking of tax compliance and payments. The new system is used to manage accounts of all employers that are required to report and pay unemployment insurance tax and/or report taxable wages to the State of Alaska. It was an enterprise-wide system project involving complex accounting, full audit trail and the capability to process liens, levies, receivables and payables. The project required data conversion and integration into a production enterprise system. The technologies included mainframe with MVS operating system, DB2 database, Advantage:Gen application development tool and Natural reporting tool.
Wostmann developed comprehensive requirements and a roadmap for the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission to provide faster, more accurate vessel permitting and commercial fishing licensing. The project included interim upgrades and recommendations to upgrade the entire system to Oracle 9i using Oracle development suite from the existing DOS-based Realia COBOL/Btrieve solution, an end-to-end project plan for implementation and candidate screening and interviews to fill a new IT manager position to champion the project.
Wostmann helped the State of Alaska Division of Aviation Leasing simplify and streamline its permit requests to improve the customer experience and enable better work-flow and decision-making among agency staff. Our team designed and developed a new system for people to apply for airport land use permits online and allow agency leasing officers to better track and manage the approval process. The system featured web-based and desktop applications, approval workflow, automated update features, support for online credit card processing and interfaces to a legacy revenue accounting system. Technologies included Java/CORBA, Oracle 10g, Sun Solaris, iPlanet and Eclipse IDE.