Canadian Heritage

Mr. MacNeill provided development and support for the latest versions of the Tax Credit Online System, also known as GCBO, starting in the fall of 2015 to its most recent version in 2021, delivering enhanced usability and client-side performance for online applications. Mr. MacNeill has been one of the lead architects behind the new web-based version for the system, using .NetCore API and Vue for a more responsive interface. Mr. MacNeill has acted as a representative of the PCH development group for both internal and external clients in a series of engagement meetings, helping the change management process. Mr. MacNeill assisted with …

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Micromega Systems

From a customer, to a trainer to a partner, Mr. MacNeill has provided Micromega Systems with the support for their leading edge Foxfire! Query & Reporting tool. Foxfire! is a reporting tool that produces easy to understand reports from information in a wide variety of data sources, including SQL Server, Excel, SQL Server Analysis Cubes, and more. Part of the value proposition with Foxfire! is taking data and turning it into a repository for easy reporting by end users. As the lead architect for the Business Analysis Solutions, Mr. MacNeill created and maintained business data solutions, managing data cubes from SQL …

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police

2000-Present In 2003, the Forensic Lab section of the RCMP had introduced a new Management System (LIMS) and required advanced business reporting and development services. Over the past fifteen years, the system has been updated, extending its original scope. Mr. MacNeill: Analyzed and customized existing systems designed by staff in preparation for migration to an Infragistics DotNet development environment, supporting programs as they worked with databases in migration Designed reports using Cognos v11 Report Studio in the new RCMP BI environment Analyzed requirements and produced Microsoft Word templates integrated into LIMS for use in court. This involved working with the …

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Foxfire!

Foxfire! is the report writer for everyday business people. With Foxfire! you can extract and mine data from nearly any database and create many different outputs in minutes – reports, spreadsheets, charts, pivot tables, data files, and more – without becoming a database geek. (Of course many database geeks use Foxfire! too, because they can do so much in so little time. But that’s another story!) Foxfire! can help you integrate with BI tools or integrate reporting with your own web and desktop application. If you think you’ve worked with Foxfire! and know it will, the new version will simply amaze …

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Working the Iteration – the Daily Stand-Up

The Theory A stand-up is a 15 minute meeting, based on three questions: 1. What did you do?2. What are you working on?3. What’s preventing you from getting it done? You have someone who keeps the meeting focused (the scrum master) and you don’t let non-team members involved. This is the concept of chickens and pigs. Who are the pigs? Anyone who is directly working on the project – they have some skin in the game. Tasks involved are  chosen from the backlog. A key part of this process is that there is no dictation of tasks. Everyone magically chooses …

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ePerformance

2007 – 2020 ePerformance is a leading provider of government grants and contributions management systems, leveraging Microsoft CRM and online portals to deliver powerful solutions. As a Developer and Analyst for ePerformance since 2007, Mr. MacNeill has provided detailed analysis specifications, written training materials, delivered solutions and integrated their iGrant CRM solution with online portals.

Advisor Media

1997-2007 Advisor Media is a division of Hawkins Media LLC, originally formed in 1968. Launched as Database Advisor in 1983, Advisor Media has been responsible for dozens of publication titles, decades of live seminars, conferences and trade shows in North American, Europe and Asia, and a variety of products. Advisor Media has partnered with leading companies including Apple, Borland International, CA, FileMaker, Fox Software, IBM, Lotus Development, Microsoft, Novell, Sybase, and more, to provide “expert advice and know-how” in print, online, and via live events.  As one of Advisor Media’s technical partners, Mr. MacNeill: authored over 100 articles in FoxPro Advisor magazine from 1997, covering …

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Figuring Out Your Project

(note: on the path to building a software product, there are lots of decisions to make – but perhaps the toughest is trying to decide what type of project /product you want to build. This post describes some of the issues involved – if you’ve got other ideas, agree or disagree, I’d love to hear about it) Schedule. Schedule. Schedule Do you want to be all things to all people from the get-go? Or do you want to grab people’s attention quickly and then build functionality based on a longer term vision. The decision you make will greatly affect how …

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Nav Canada

1997 The NavCanada Flight Invoicing System was responsible for the corporation invoicing of aviation systems through Canadian airspace. As Project Manager and lead developer, Mr. MacNeill: Upgraded existing Transport Canada system to Windows-based system for use with newly created Crown Corporation Capture and documented existing application processes and mapped to new and evolving business changes as brought on by the Worked with additional PMs and managed a team of developers in designing an Oracle Financials interface into the new system. Technologies Used: Oracle, Microsoft Office, Visual FoxPro, Visual Basic

Exocom

1996-1998 Exocom Systems was one of Ottawa’s premier consulting firms in the 1990’s, specializing in technologies from a number of vendors. Mr. MacNeill joined the Microsoft division and brought his expertise in development and analysis. His management and presentation skills at Microsoft-sponsored conferences helped Exocom become one of the first Microsoft Regional Directors in Ottawa. As Project Manager and lead developer, Mr. MacNeill: Provided systems analysis and design specifications for government and private companies in implementing office improvements systems using COTS software (Microsoft Office) and custom development  Led small development teams in providing solutions to clients such as Justice Canada and Credit …

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