Danish Fishery System
Visma Consulting has been in charge of the conversion,
modernization and new developments of the central Danish Fishery
System within the Directorate of Fisheries, Denmark, in connection
with a general renewal of the IT structure and the IT environment
in the directorate.
The system is used daily by 100 employees located different
places in the country - for instance on surveillance vessels with a
satellite connection to the directorate. There has been attached
great importance in making the system user friendly and easy and
intuitive to operate. The system is one of the first Visma Sirius
developed systems within the public sector, which is based 100% on
The Directorate of Fisheries, an institution under the Ministry
of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, handles affairs such as control
and legal matters on the fishing territory. The foundation is
community rules and national legislation. This area also
includes commercial fishery and leisure time fishing. The
Directorate of Fisheries participates in law preparing work, issues
rules, administers the fishing resources and draw up statistics.
The directorate consists of a central division, 3 fishery inspector
divisions and 5 controlling ships. Today the Directorate of
Fisheries has approximately 300 employees.
Visma Consultings cooperation with The Directorate of Fisheries
goes back to 1997, where a framework agreement involving consultant
assistance within counseling and system development was made.
Since then Visma Consulting and The Directorate of Fisheries
have developed the new national system for Fisheries in close
cooperation, and production began fall 1999.
Since the Directorate of Fisheries became "digitized" in the
beginning of the 80'es all the information concerning commercial
fishery and leisure-time fishing in Denmark has been registered
electronically in a hierarchic database on a Cyber mainframe. The
user interface was character based. With the new system The
Directorate of Fisheries wanted to simplify the use of the system
and reduce the expenses for maintenance. In addition, the existing
data model was outdated and therefore it was necessary with a
complete redesign of the fishery system.
Importance has been attached to the following conditions:
- Effective Administration
- Central Maintenance
The new fishery system has given the Directorate a simple and
intuitive gateway to their information. The new design of the data
model has eliminated redundant data and has made it easier for the
users to keep the general view. The new data model has deliberately
been constructed more dynamically, so as to take the frequent
changes in the business procedures, which often happens within the
authorities, into account.
Oracle has been chosen as the strategic platform and therefore
the system has been developed on this background with the belonging
development tools. These tools make it possible for the developers
to create tailor-made withdrawals from the database, or for
instance a new functionality for the user interface very fast,
instead of coding for several days as was done earlier. The
Internet Technology has enabled the users to use the system through
a familiar graphical interface without having to compromise the
service in any way. On the contrary the users around the country -
and at sea - experience a distinct improvement in speed, when
searching for information through the system.
The new fishery system is developed in Oracle Designer and
Oracle Developer 6i. Maintenance and backup of the database (Oracle
8i) is primarily handled with Oracle's Enterprise Manager.
Technology used by the users
The communication between application and database is handled by
Oracle Forms Server 6i, which automatically transforms the Oracle
application to Java application. There is no need for any special
software on the user's machine, since the application is executed
in an ordinary Internet Browser. It's therefore possible to handle
support, administration and maintenance of the system