Project Experience

Conoscenti Technologies Inc. has a great deal of experience across a breadth of technologies. We've included our past and current projects below for your review.

PWGSC – Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

This project was to design a dual high performance-load balanced clustered firewall solution (FWLB) centering on the department’s single clustered firewall.

Conoscenti worked closely with PWGSC/ITS/GENMS. GENMS was responsible to oversaw the project and to evaluate the internal and external networks to ensure that network resources were properly provisioned to meet the requirements of the proposed Firewall solution.

Project parameters of the FWLB were defined to provide a highly reliable, fault tolerant, and highly available; intelligent solution to effectively manage and balance inbound and outbound traffic efficiently across multiple access points. The proposed solution required th FWLB to be properly balanced with sufficient capacity so that any access failure did not saturate any single access point and be able to handle the total aggregated traffic volume.

Conoscenti gathered all DFO requirements, researched, and designed a FWLB solution that would factor in high availability using best of breed industry medium, centering on session synchronization, providing sub-second failover.

Conoscenti design the FWLB to be operational in the currently centralized location for proof of concept and thorough testing but with the scalability to be physically split and implemented in geographically diverse locations across Canada. The project plan included the implementation steps to successfully deploy the solution once complete testing and acceptance was achieved.

Conoscenti was additionally tasked with assessing the department’s firewall management processes and tools. The final report included recommendation to improve management practices including such things as change control and implementation of structure accountability measures

Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada
Transition to Managed Network Services

October 2001 – August 2002

The initial work involved a gap analysis. AAFC had contracted to have a strategic plan developed for the network. The recommendations included developing an RFP for have a managed network service provided to the department instead of having the work done in-house. A gap analysis was performed to compare the recommended service to the managed network service provided by GENMS. This business analysis included a repositioning of services to meet the needs of AAFC; discussions with vendors, who would be providing some of the services; the development of a service model, with pricing; a proposal to AAFC; and negotiations on the services that would be provided by GENMS.

The transition part of the project involved the migration of AAFC to GENMS services. This included the creation of a project team and defining of roles; architectural review of the current AAFC network, with recommended modifications; installation of fibre optics cabling into buildings for gigabit Ethernet connectivity; development of an implementation schedule and definition of roles, responsibilities, and tasks; development of detailed WAN and LAN designs, including the implementation of QOS and MPLS; pilot testing; and conversion.

Health Canada
Network Strategic Plan Development

April 2005 – January 2006

Because of The Way Forward initiative created by the Government of Canada, Health Canada had begun data centre and server consolidation projects. A strategic plan was developed for the network to ensure that the needs of the consolidation projects could be met. This work included a gap analysis of the existing infrastructure; an analysis of the current network equipment for end-of-life concerns, including recommended upgrades, associated costs, and implementation schedules; recommended modifications to the current network architecture and design in order to meet the needs of the consolidation projects, including 1 Gbps circuits and 10 Gbps Ethernet; research into new technologies that will meet the needs of the department, including VOIP, videoconferencing, and wireless.


Conoscenti was tasked with assessing the current commercial firewall technology as a means to identify potential replacements of the current unit. The study identified CIHR’s immediate and anticipated requirements and used them as part of the evaluation criteria. Those qualifying factors included issues such as ease of use, VPN integration (trusted remote access path), performance, reporting, flexibility and security accreditation was some of the major criteria used in the assessment. In order to assess various firewalls in a comparative study, a series of evaluation criteria was formulated that reflected CIHR’s current and long term needs.

Department of Fisheries and Oceans
iFleet (formerly called FAIS Upgrade Project)

Apr 2008 – Mar 2011

Conoscenti won the contract to provide a business analyst/technical architect, and then won a secondary contract to also provide two senior programmer analysts for this Web and client server project.

All established deliverables on this ongoing project has been met within acceptable timeframes to the complete satisfaction of the client.

The application being developed had to run in a client/server decentralized mode on the seagoing vessels, and be able to run in a centralized mode in both client/server and web environments. Data from the vessels was synchronized when possible with the centralized database (and vice versa) via available communication facilities (i.e., satellites, cellular, etc.). The application will be deployed to over 115 vessels and some 300 users in a decentralized mode, as well as running for an additional 50 shore based users in a centralized mode.

Technologies: Oracle 10g, Oracle Designer, SQLNavigator, MS Visual SourceSafe, ASP, JavaScript,.NET 3.5x, MS Visual Studio, MacroScope (Use Cases), Team Foundation Server, XML, Visual Paradigm, Mantis BugTracker

Department of Fisheries & Oceans
MariTime Fleet Management System

1997 – Mar 2010

Ottawa with occasional travel to other provinces.
Provided support for the MariTime project. Prior to this, MariTime was an application that had been in proto-type mode in one DFO region for 3 years. The support responsibility was to stabilize the product, and to move it into full production in the remaining 4 DFO regions. The MariTime program is now in full SDLC/SMLC mode, and the combined DFO and Coast Guard Fleet are successfully using the product. It is currently being migrated from the legacy LAN environment into an n-tier Client/Server environment. The team for this project included: 1 Project Leader, 2 – 3 Senior Programmer Analysts, 1 Quality Assurance specialist.

MariTime has a Web component that allows seagoing personnel to view their complex leave balances vis the internet. This facility is available to approximately 2600 users.

Currently Conoscenti is contracted until possibly Mar 2010 (if all option years are exercised) to provide production support to this system. This includes all aspects of the SDLC, including configuration management and deployment. The current resource provides both business analyst support and technical support on this project.

Technologies: Oracle v8.x, 9.x, 10g, Oracle Designer, SQLNavigator, MS Visual FoxPro 3.0b, Delphi, Seque SilkTest, ASP, MS Visual SourceSafe, Direct Oracle Access, Mantis, System Architect, UML,

Transport Canada
Transport Integrated Personnel System (TIPS)

Apr 2008 – Mar 2011

Conoscenti won the contract to be the sole provider of IT support for the Human Resources system (TIPS) for Transport Canada, a major Federal government department. Responsible to provide the application maintenance (AM) services for this national HR system. Provided 5 member core team for support including: Team Leader, Application DBA, senior programmer/analysts, and various consultants (up to an additional 5 consultants, including Web .NET 2.0 developers, Business Analysts, DBAs and MacroScope support) on “as and when requested” basis. Duties included all aspects of SDLC for the systems within the scope of the HR community, specifically related to the TIPS system.

The TIPS application is comprised of client/server components, and Web components. The Web components currently consist of several complex modules that allow the 3000+ employees/users to have access to and manage their vacation and leave information from a Web-centric application, and several other Web-centric applications servicing the same population that provide the staffing, training and profile functions

Technologies: Oracle v8.x, 9.x, Oracle Designer, Oracle Applications, SQLNavigator, MS Visual SourceSafe, ASP, JavaScript, MS Visual Interdev, .NET 2.x, MS Visual Studio, GoC CLF, MacroScope (Use Cases), Gupta Web

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
CPIC Renewal (Canadian Police Information Centre)
RTID Project (Real Time Identification)
NIII Project (National Integrated Intelligence Interface)
Operations Support

May 2002 – present (over 5 years)

Conoscenti Telecommunications has been providing the RCMP with resources since May 2002. Conoscenti has provided up to 9 resources to this client as follows: Senior Project Managers (3 resources over 5 years), Senior Security Engineer ( 1 resource over 1 year), Implementation Specialists (2 resources over 2 years), Business Analyst (1 resource over 1 year), Data Modeler (1 resource over 1 year) Database administrator (1 resource over 1 year)

These resources, from varying technical and functional disciplines, have been provided on an as required basis either directly to Conoscenti Telecommunications or through other pre-approved contract mechanisms. The resources were deployed in support of a number of RCMP initiatives including CPIC Renewal (Canadian Police Information Centre), RTID (Real Time Identification), NIII (National Integrated Intelligence Interface) and Operations Support.

A sample of Project Deliverables include
  • CPIC Renewal (Canadian Police Information Centre)
    • Senior Project Manager Interface Deployment responsible for the deployment of the new CPIC external interface to policing and government agencies across Canada. Senior Project Manager was responsible for scheduling and negotiating with the various agencies the roll out of the redeveloped CPIC computer interface. These interface support 90% of the CPIC system traffic.
    • Senior Implementation Specialist – Interface Deployment responsible to work with the various policing agencies and government departments on the implementation of the CPIC Interface. This position was a highly technical role requiring Senior Level Network skills and Senior Level System skills to provide technical to each agency to migrate teach agency to the MQ Websphere standard.. Work with the IT departments of major CPIC users such as Toronto Metropolitan Police, Thunder Bay Police, Montreal Police etc.
    • Senior Project Manager – User Group Acceptance Testing responsible for managing the testing of the CPIC application Software. This included the certification of all CPIC application software to meet operational requirements.
    • Extremely large and complex project. Total project expenditures to date exceed $150 million.
  • RTID Project (Real Time Identification)
    • Senior Project Manager responsible for collecting and co-coordinating requirement specifications for the RTID project
    • Senior Systems Specialist – Data Modeler responsible for database definition and design including system interface specifications and data flow analysis.
    • This system is a component that qualifies as an HR system component. Employee information is transferred from the main HR system, PeopleSoft, into RTID. Additional information related to security clearances for the employees is then maintained in RTID, making it a component of the total HR picture for the RCMP.
    • This is a large and complex project. Project expenditures for Phase I are approximately $6 million.
  • NIII Project (National Integrated Intelligence Interface)
    • Security Specialist to create Statement of Sensitivity and conduct TRA on the NIII network and applications.
    • Operating System Specialist conducting performance evaluation on applications, system configurations and operating systems. Made recommendations to system configuration and applications modifications.
    • Total project expenditures are approximately $6 million.
  • Operations Support
    • Database Administrator supporting the RCMP Oracle databases.
    • Support resources/team providing services for large, complex systems/products (combined project costs exceed $161 million to date).
    • Systems/products being supported/developed are enterprise class, and are national in scope (TCMP is the client), and used throughout its organization.
    • RCMP is a geographically diverse client, with branches across Canada
    • Support resources required from many varied disciplines (PMs, Security Engineers, Business Analysts, Data Modelers, Database Administrators (Oracle), functional, technical, etc.)
    • Support resources required to work within an existing large development and support shop, and on several different systems within the RCMP.
    • Support resources provided services for both new development and for support or changes to existing products/applications.
    • Resources were often required on an “as and when requested” basis for varying duration assignments.
    • RTID is an HR system component.
    • Systems interface with external organizations.

Technologies: Oracle v8.x, 9.x, 10g

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