Data Station Academy

The ICON Data Station is a revoluntionary concept. I admit, it takes a little bit of time and effort to get a clear picture of what it is. Some parts of it won't be as relevant as others, depending on your position in a state. We are in the process of completing the course outline below. We want our customers, and anyone interested in the ICON Data Station to learn as much about it as they'd like! With that said, here are the courses.

100 Level: Introductory

The Beginner series of courses is designed for all levels of ICON experience:  from the UI Director who is trying to determine how to best allocate her budget, to the IPC/FPC in the trenches who wants to know if the Data Station is for real.  Administrators can stop after these courses if they want, but hard-core ICON aficionados will want to sink their teeth into the upper division courses.

 

Data Station 101: Overview

This course will answer the basic questions a first-timer will be asking.  “What is the ICON Data Station and what is its purpose?”  “What is the 30,000-foot view of how the Data Station works?”  “Why would I need it?”  Data Station 101 lays out the basics without getting into suffocating detail.  It lays the foundation for all that follows and is therefore a prerequisite for all other courses. 

Prerequisites: None.
 

Data Station 102: Data Station in the Cloud

This course explains the concept of ICON as a Service and how Data Station is deployed in the Microsoft Azure for Government cloud.  The course will describe the pros and cons of utilizing ICON as a Service as opposed to an on premise deploy. 

Prerequisites: Data Station 101.
 

Data Station 103: Pricing and Deployment Schedule

This course will explain the Data Station pricing model and the rationale for it.  Concepts such as hosting costs, volume-based pricing and licensing will be covered.  Additionally, the course will lay out the Netacent incremental deployment model which make it possible to start using the Data Station usually within 1-2 weeks.

Prerequisites: Data Station 101.

 

200 Level: Intermediate

The Intermediate series of courses covers topics that will be of interest to more technically savvy ICON users as well as IT professionals eager to know the implementation nuts and bolts.  Some topics (such as Test Suite) may be covered in some detail here, but expanded upon in the Advance series.

Data Station 201: Data Exchange

This course is geared toward IT professionals and will explain the methods by which a state’s back-end Benefits system will communicate with the Data Station service.  Topics such as platform-independence, Web Services and the Data Bridge will be covered.

Prerequisites: Data Station 102.

 

Data Station 202: Service Bus

This course is geared toward IT professionals and will explain the methods by which a state’s back-end Benefits system will communicate with the Data Station service.  Topics such as platform-independence, Web Services and the Data Bridge will be covered.

Prerequisites: Data Station 201.

 

Data Station 203: PII & Security

This course builds on the concept of the Service bus to explain how Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Security in general are handled within the Data Station.  PII exposure is a hot topic for cloud-based services, and this course will reassure students that their data is safe with an ICON-As-A-Service deployment.

Prerequisites: Data Station 202.

 

Data Station 204: Documents

This course builds on the concept of the Service bus to explain how Documents are handled within the Data Station.  The student will be exposed to the types of documents available, how to customize them and options for printing and mailing.

Prerequisites: Data Station 202.

 

Data Station 205: Data Station Navigation and the Claimant Screens

This course builds on the concept of the Service bus to explain how Documents are handled within the Data Station.  The student will be exposed to the types of documents available, how to customize them and options for printing and mailing.

Prerequisites: Data Station 101.

 

Data Station 206: Intro to Test Suite

This course introduces the Data Station Test Suite, explaining what it does, why it is needed, and how it protects the system from bugs and ensures that ICON transactions are done correctly.  This intro will enable the student to take a deep-dive into the Test Suite in the Advanced courses.

Prerequisites: Data Station 202.

 

300 Level: Advanced

The advanced series of courses expose the inner workings of the Data Station, shedding light into the dark corners of ICON processing.  Students will learn about the specifics of Data Station implementation of each program.  Enough detail will be given to satisfy even the most rabid ICON fanatic.

Data Station 301: Test Suite in Depth

This course is geared toward IT professionals and will explain the methods by which a state’s back-end Benefits system will communicate with the Data Station service.  Topics such as platform-independence, Web Services and the Data Bridge will be covered.

Prerequisites: Data Station 205.

 

Data Station 302: Work Queues

This course elaborates on the concept of Work Queues first mentioned in Data Station 101.  The different types of work queues will be explained and demonstrated. Students will learn how to subscribe to a work queue and clear items from their queues.

Prerequisites: Data Station 205.

 

Data Station 303: SID & IBIQ

This course will explain the workings of SID and IBIQ.  These two programs are technically separate, but related in Data Station.  Students will learn how to trigger calls to and then evaluate the results from these two programs.

Prerequisites: Data Station 205.

 

Data Station 304: Combined Wage Claims

Combined Wage Claims logic - along with Federal and Military – forms the heart of the magic that is Data Station. This course will take students through the Data Station progression of IB4, IB5, and IB6 – both where the home state is the paying state as well as when the home state is the transferring state.  Additionally, this course will cover billing and discrepancies, employer charges, and accounting vouchers.

Prerequisites: Data Station 205.

 

Data Station 305: Federal and Military Claims

Federal and Military logic – along with Combined Wage Claims – forms the heart of the magic that is Data Station. This course will take students through the Data Station progression of UCFE 931, 931A, and 934 – both paper and electronic - as well as the FCCC types 1-6.  Additionally, this course will cover agency billing as well as military billing utilizing the MSDES protocol.

Prerequisites: Data Station 205.

 

Data Station 306: Messaging

The Data Station takes IB13 messaging to a new level. This course will show how to view messages in an email or “instant message” format, how to address messages to specific users or user groups, and possibilities for future messaging options.

Prerequisites: Data Station 205.

 

Data Station 307: Integrity

Integrity is one of the hottest topics in UI, and the Data Station is in the thick of it.  Topics in this course include the LADT “Agent State Database,” various crossmatch programs, and integration with third party integrity data providers

Prerequisites: Data Station 205.

 

Data Station 320: Putting it all together

This course is geared toward IT professionals and will explain the methods by which a state’s back-end Benefits system will communicate with the Data Station service.  Topics such as platform-independence, Web Services and the Data Bridge will be covered.

Prerequisites: Data Station 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307.

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