Welcome to JI!
JI is the SaaS arm of the Shared Services Hub (SSH). SSH is a non-profit whose mandate is to create open source infrastructure for municipalities to control rapidly rising software costs and promote collaboration and open source.
JI was setup to provide municipalities cloud based services based on open source platform shared through SSH. We current provision Asset Management, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Business Intelligence SaaS.
Credibility & Necessity
We are in the process of setting up a SSH which will be constituted in 2022 as a non-profit with a representative board whose mandate is to share open source software and other open licensed resources freely. This creates an independent and enduring body that develops and guides open source adoption in the public sector and helps fulfil our goals of access, freedom and democratization of technology. Open source has many advantages suitable for public sector development including:
- Freedom from vendor lock-in: Open source prevents vendor lock-in in their specific technologies. Vendor lock-in exposes us to price increases and lack of flexibility in addressing emergent needs.
- Freedom to be responsive & flexible: The open code allows the flexibility to easily and freely modify code and to add features.
- Software transparency & reliability: Open source code means just that—you get full visibility into the code base, as well as all discussions about how the community develops features and addresses bugs. Because there are more eyes on it, the reliability of open source code tends to be superior as well.
- Access & Inclusion: Due to its lower cost and access to shared expertise through a cloud based platform, small rural municipalities & first nations can now access sophisticated platforms and provide a level of service previously only accessible to larger and wealthier municipalities.
- Frugality: Ability to save taxpayers tens of thousands per municipality by leveraging open source & using the cloud to develop shared services.
- Reporting transparency: By using open source BI frameworks which are not limited in distribution by the cost of licenses, we provide the ability to transparently share data and reports with the public & enhance understanding for council.
- Strengthening Municipal Commons: Encouraged public ownership of extremely valuable data & information.
Value Proposition – Pay for SaaS as well as expertise, using what you currently spend on software licences.
Redirect resources from software licensing to provision of services. The annual cost of software ranges from $20k to $30K even for the smallest municipalities. This can effectively pay for SaaS while also paying for shared expertise in Asset Management, GIS and BI. And importantly, its offsets the need to hire in-house staff costing in excess of $85K per year to asset management, GIS and BI functions.
The annual savings in software licences alone can easily add up to $30k which typically include:
- GIS Software EULA ~$10k to $20k
- Asset Management Software Licence ~$10k+
- Web mapping software licence ~$10k
Furthermore, upfront savings in setup & consulting typically range between $50K to $60K.
Our service will empower you to
- Easily meet grant funding requirements for asset management.
- Effortlessly gather capital asset stats for reports & surveys including the new LGDE requirements, Stat Canada surveys etc.
- Manage assets proactively
- Visualize and map assets and parcels on GIS for internal use and for the public.
- Analyze and report on BI with full ability to customize
- Capture data in the field
- Share unlimited maps with unlimited usage with the public at no additional cost
- Manage multimedia, docs & spreadsheets tied to assets
- Create interactive BI reports for council & the public
- And much more…