Greenland Fisheries License Control
Visma Consulting has been in charge of conversion, modernization
and redesign of the central database complete with applications in
connection with a general renewal of the application environment in
Greenland's Fisheries License Control (GFLC ). The system is used
by approximately 25 employees every day.
GFLC is an institution under the Ministry of Fisheries
(Government of Greenland), who handles affairs such as registration
and control in the fishery territory of Greenland. This territory
primarily includes commercial fishery and to a lesser degree
leisure-time fishing. The Ministry of Fisheries assists in law
preparing work, issues rules, draw-up statistics, and administers
the fishing resources. Today GFLC has approximately 70
The cooperation between Visma Consulting and GFLC stems from a
long cooperation with the Danish administration in the same area,
the Ministry of Fishery in Denmark. GFLC has profited by Visma
Sirius´s many years of expert knowledge within this area. At the
same time they have adopted the existing subsystems and in this way
avoided expensive time for new development.
For many years GFLC's main job has been to issue licenses to,
and control the catch of shrimps. Since then the demand for control
has exploded and GFLC has had to realize the need for a thorough
renovation of the system.
With the new system GFLC wanted to simplify the use of the
system and reduce the expenses for maintenance. In addition, parts
of the existing data model were outdated and therefore it was
necessary with a complete redesign of some of the subsystems. There
has been attached great importance in making the system user
friendly and easy and intuitive to operate.
Since the development of the system took place in Denmark it was
very important to establish good lines of communication - both on a
technical and personal level. For the developers there was
established a stable VPN-connection complete with remote control
tools, while the personal contact was secured by day-today
meetings, reviews and presentations both in Denmark and Greenland.
Visma Consulting has from the beginning of the project taken care
of the support and maintenance of the system. This service also
takes place from Denmark with the help from VPN and remote control
The Fisheries License Control's existing system required a
thorough design examination, since the system had been extended
over several years as the legislation changed. At the same time we
removed central parts of the system and replaced them with
subsystems from the Ministry of Fisheries in Denmark. These actions
placed huge demands on developers and system architects. As part of
the project analysis it was seen as an advantage to gather
information from a number of authorities to a central database.
Hereby increasing the quality of data and considerably simplifying
the routines and procedures between the authorities.
Great importance has been attached to the following
- Effective Administration
- Central Maintenance
The system has been converted to a web based platform, which has
made the system more accessible, while the maintenance expenses at
the same time has dropped considerably. These changes have created
big changes for the users concerning the system's look, navigation
The new design of the data model has eliminated redundant data
and has made it easier for the users to keep the general overview.
The new data model has deliberately been constructed more
dynamically, thus taking the frequent changes in the business
procedures, which often happens within the authorities, into
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.
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
Visma's consultants among other things manage the following
- Project management
- Technology Consulting
- Determination of work oriented wishes for solutions
- Drawing up the frames of technology for the specific
- Preparation of demand specification for the new
- Database administration on the implemented applications
- Design and implementation of data warehouse
- The new fishery system is developed in Oracle Developer 6i (
Forms and Reports).
- Maintenance of the database ( Oracle 8 ) is primarily handled
with Oracle's Enterprise Manager.
- Data warehouse presentation developed in Discoverer.
- Novell Border Manager VPN was used for the connection between
Denmark and Greenland.
- NetOp from DanWare was used for the remote control of servers