Major programs within DeKalb County, Ga

I-Net'I-Net, a countywide Gigabit Ethernet, will transmit voice, video and data over fiber-optic cable that was acquired by the county through a franchise agreement with Comcast Corp. of Philadelphia. The network is being deployed in phases. About 2,000 county employees use I-Net now. By the end of 2005, officials plan to roll out I-Net to all employees.

Financial Management Information System'FMIS will convert a homegrown, 22-year-old Cobol mainframe system to a Web-based Oracle application by the end of May 2004. FMIS will use Oracle11i E-Business suite to run purchasing, general ledger, budgeting, accounts receivable and payable, cash management and inventory tasks.

Database consolidation'The county is consolidating and converting its old databases'in Cobol, DB2 and others'to Oracle.

Asset management'Using Unicenter remote control tools from Computer Associates International Inc., the county can remotely monitor heating and air conditioning systems, water pressure in fire hydrants and other vital county services unrelated to IT.

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