Saskatchewan Teachers' Superannuation Commission Completes Upgrades





The Saskatchewan Teachers' Superannuation Commission (STSC) has had a very busy September with the culmination of three projects. The three projects included: an upgrade to the pension administration and related systems, the installation of new workstations for staff, and an upgrade to the Exchange Server/Spam Filtering software.

As with any project communication is one of the most important aspects. The ESTI Ticket System and the new ability to attach files and screen prints to tickets proved especially effective during the upgrades. It is hard enough to have all analysts performing work on a project locally, let alone to add remote analysts. By providing this new functionality all within a secure environment, testers in Regina could send screen prints and descriptions to remote analysts and actively track the status of these tickets, real-time.

Shaun Herron, Anne Bellinger (sitting), Shirley Robertson (standing)

  • Project 1 - Pension administration applications upgrade
  • Project start February 1, 2004.
  • Project end September 30, 2004.
  • The STSC completed an upgrade to the pension administration software.
  • ESTI performed project management tasks, application enhancement and development as well as full regression testing utilizing automated regression-testing tools ( WinRunner ).
  • ESTI has developed a number of applications for the STSC that integrate with a core pension calculation application to form a comprehensive pension administration system. These systems include:
  • Allowance and Payroll Production.
  • Long Term Disability.
  • PAWS (Pension at Work System).
  • Data Remittance and Pre-posting.
  • Project 2 - Network and Hardware upgrade
  • Project start September 1, 2004.
  • Project end September 30, 2004.
  • Ten new workstations were rolled out which brought the STSC back in line with the prescribed hardware refresh rate.
  • The crisp new look of flat panel screens throughout the STSC office not only reclaimed valuable desk space, but satisfied a number of ergonomic assessment suggestions.
  • Extensive use of Active Directory policies to manage security on the desktops.
  • Streamlining of patch rollout using Microsoft System Update Service (SUS).
  • Project 3 - E-mail server upgrade
  • Project start July 1, 2004.
  • Project end September 30, 2004.
  • Exchange Server was upgraded from version 5.5 to 2003 as well as the Norton Anti-virus was upgraded to the latest Enterprise versions.
  • Improved e-mail spam filtering and improved client management.

Congratulations to the STSC on the completion of these three important projects.

ESTI provided the following services to the Saskatchewan Teachers' Superannuation Commission for these projects:

  • Project Management - Shaun Herron
  • Application and Systems Analysis - Mohammed Huq, Grant Andres
  • Regression Testing - Weijia Cao