April, 2023 – The Central Control and Testing Institute for Agriculture in Bratislava (CCTIA) is working with the YMS team on a new information system, the Central Data Repository (IS CDR). The extensive and ambitious project will turn two sections of CCTIA professional activities completely digital.

High standard
IS CDR will be in accordance with the technological standard for information systems in public administration. “It will be a web application in modern service-oriented software architecture consisting of modules and microservices,” states the creator of the CCTIA assignment, specialist in developing IT projects, RNDr. Jozef Izakovič. “We emphasized clear processes, clean data, and electronic services from the point of view of the life situations of clients, in other words, citizens, entrepreneurs, and other public administration bodies. We will maintain a once-and-enough principle for data, transparency of registers, in the sense of constant maintaining of their correctness and up-to-dateness,” continues Jozef Izakovič
Project management
The project is managed by a so-called waterfall system with elements of agility. This means that IS CDR is divided into several isolated modules (professional registers) and cross-sectional modules (for example entity management, GIS, reporting, planning and recording of control activities, etc.), that are being prepared in several stages. The expert teams of CCTIA test and comment on finished modules. We see this as a significant benefit to our customers compared to the usual delivery of entire systems at the end of the project. This way, we prevent potential surprises and resolve discrepancies continuously. The method of creating modules also contributes to good results, the so-called waterfall, in other words, successive phases of data, functionality and processes analysis, design, development, deployment, and testing,” explains YMS project manager Jozef Vodný.
Data registers and risk of subjects
IS CDR will also provide additional functions for assessing the risk of subjects registered in the professional agendas of CCTIA, while the assessment will be based on the analysis of registered data. Among other things, the risk assessment will include data from the performance of state professional inspections, which are one of the basic tasks of CCTIA. At the same time, the system will provide tools for planning inspections based on the results of the risk assessment of subjects,” explains the main business analyst of the project for the YMS team, Veronika Horníková. “The data in IS CDR will be used by the entire organization according to the specified competency, which means that each user will have access to all the data necessary for completing their tasks. A big challenge in the process of developing the system is the analysis of existing data, which is currently largely isolated to professional departments. In order for the system to work effectively, we are unifying individual agendas and cleaning them of redundant data. Because each information system is only as good as the quality of the data it contains and provides,” concludes Veronika Horníková.
CCTIA is a state budget organization under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic. It carries out state expert control, testing, and supervision of the quality of agricultural inputs. It creates and innovates legislation, methodologies, and procedures. CCTIA specialists publish, give lectures, expert opinions, and professional advice, along with maintaining professional contacts with foreign partners and institutions in the field of testing and control.