Chicago-Based Company Helps Virgin Islands Build, Manage $500,000 Disaster Benefit Technology System

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Based in Chicago, RedMane Technology takes on challenging and complex projects by providing businesses with its software solutions. One of the company’s latest projects took team members to the U.S. Virgin Islands, a territory battered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in late September.

Chicago-based RedMane Technology helped the U.S. Virgin Islands by building and managing its disaster benefit technology system.

When two hurricanes struck in September, the government and people of the USVI had a disaster on their hands. Our customer, our partner and our friends were in trouble. RedMane and our employees unhesitatingly wanted to help in whatever way we could.

Based in Chicago, RedMane Technology takes on challenging and complex projects by providing businesses with its software solutions. One of the company’s latest projects took team members to the U.S. Virgin Islands, a territory battered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in late September.

RedMane’s challenge was to implement and manage a $500,000 disaster benefit technology system to help the territory’s 100,000 citizens affected by the hurricanes. The company took on the project gratis and completed it between seven and 10 business days in early to mid-November.

“We wanted to do a project that was stimulating and challenging,” Dan Lakier, RedMane’s solution architect. “We’re in this for the human side. We saw a need; we were devastated because of our business with the territory.”

RedMane’s business relationship started in late 2015 when it helped the government’s Medicaid system. Two years later, the islands’ suffered damage from the hurricanes’ wrath of destruction that decimated its tourist industry and dramatically altered the lives of citizens who lost homes, power and access to food. Recognizing the severity of the situation, RedMane offered to develop a computer system for the government’s disaster benefits program known as D-SNAP.

Assessing a desperate situation, Tony Lakier, RedMane’s founder, had no hesitation in launching a plan of action.

“When two hurricanes struck in September, the government and people of the USVI had a disaster on their hands,” he said. “Our customer, our partner and our friends were in trouble. RedMane and our employees unhesitatingly wanted to help in whatever way we could. Who wouldn’t? And the disaster food stamp program (D-SNAP) was the best way we could. We are so pleased we could be of help in this way.”

To do this, RedMane worked with the government, the Department of Agriculture, the USVI Department of Human Services and its federal partners such as and Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) to incorporate the EBT card vendor to get benefit cards to citizens immediately.

In preparation, the company assembled a large team of its staff, developed the software and created training videos. Armed with information, these staff members went to the territory working many hours to train and support users who visited the application sites in St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. With not enough computers at their disposal, RedMane partnered with several Fortune 500 technology and financial companies that donated laptops, tablets, hosting services and other devices.

The territory’s Department of Human Services Commissioner Felecia L. Blyden was very pleased with the outcome.

“It is astounding how much was achieved in such a short period of time,” she said. “ The system performed flawlessly as we used it to take applications and provide D-SNAP benefits across the territory. We appreciate the partnership that we have with RedMane. They stood with us at a very difficult time and used their expertise to provide a solution that we desperately needed.”

For information about RedMane Technology, visit http://www.redmane.com/

About RedMane Technology:
With offices in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia, RedMane Technology is helping organizations across North America solve meaningful problems with high-quality, innovative, industrial-strength software that improves businesses and lives. RedMane works with public sector, commercial, human service and healthcare clients on a collaborative level to understand the full picture of their businesses. RedMane provides strategic analysis and technology planning; custom application development; technology modernization; system integration; COTS Software Implementation and maintenance and enhancement. For more information, visit http://www.redmane.com.

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