New IP Address Tracking System
By Roger Quirion
and Karen Knox
Last fall the Information Services Policy Board (ISPB) adopted a recommendation from
the Information Services Managers Group (ISMG) to bill WAN connections by IP addresses.
Such action created an immediate need for accurate and up-to-date information within the
IP database for the purpose of creating the monthly bill. For this reason, the Development
Services Division of BIS created a web application that enables agency coordinators
throughout the state to access and maintain their own IP Address information. As was the
case with the old system, Network Services technicians have been provided with access to
the database to troubleshoot problems.
The recent implementation of the IP Address Tracking System concluded the first of two
planned phases for the project. The project scope for the first phase was limited to the
migration of the old IP database system to the web. The second phase, which will begin in
April, will focus on providing the agencies with additional functionality to increase the
efficiency and effectiveness of the system and all associated processes.
Agency coordinators and coordinator assistants were provided with training on March 19th,
and were asked to verify and correct their agencies IP address information by April
9. Thereafter, billing extracts will be taken from the new database, and the March wide
area network bill will be created using data from this new system.