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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 35 HMAS COONAWARRA LCDR Rachel Thompson, LS Luke Hansen and Mr Darren O’Conner HMAS WATERHEN LCDR Jason Gale, CPOSN Kathryn Holmes HMAS ALBATROSS LCDR Chris Wynter, POSN Chris Harmer HMAS CAIRNS LCDR Greg Crass, Ms Deb Harris CAN members are currently working to distribute information about the coming MILIS rollout, and will receive further training and advice from the Project Team in the near future regarding their responsibilities during and after Go-Live. implementation Preparations for Phase 2B.1 Implementation preparations have commenced for the 2B.1 rollout, and will require a significant amount of effort to ensure the system commences operation with the correct structure and accurate data, and that all operators have received appropriate access profiles and training. Navy has been asked to contribute SMEs to five periods of End to End process testing, and one period of User Acceptance Testing. Navy’s contribution to this process will directly contribute to whether or not MILIS meets our needs, and SNs with an in-depth knowledge of SDSS are strongly encouraged to nominate to assist. The MILIS Project has consulted widely. General and focussed road shows were delivered in March 2009, showcasing the new functionality and giving current and future system operators an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Here is a slide from the Roadshow, with before and after screen shots from SDSS and MILIS: A key issue for Navy is the generation and application of Allowances. NAVALLOW currently resides within SDSS, but will cease to exist in its present form at Go-Live. A standalone NAVALLOW is being created as an interim measure to provide equivalent functionality, with a permanent solution to be developed before the rollout of 2B.2. A means of applying the allowances generated within NAVALLOW to the relevant structures within MILIS (ie an equivalent to the current NAVCMC update of SLIMS) is a separate, but essential, requirement – as is the ability to reflect allowances as MILIS entitlements where necessary. implementation Preparations for Phase 2B.2 For MILIS to be successfully implemented on ships, a number of structural and hierarchical changes need to be made. Tenders will become subordinate warehouses and Supply Customer Accounts linked to a parent District, which will be their supporting establishment. Non-Tenders will become Districts, incorporating multiple warehouses and Supply Customer Accounts. The Deployment functionality will automate the transfer of ‘itinerant’ warehouses (such as PUKs) between Districts. As for Phase 2B.1, is essential that the data loaded to ships’ accounts is of the highest quality. It is intended to conduct a full stocktake of ships as part of the implementation of 2B.2, to ensure the most accurate stores record possible at the time of conversion. A number of options are being considered to accomplish this with minimal impact on ship’s staff. The intent is that ship’s staff should be able to concentrate on the new system, rather than on manually intensive data purification. All seagoing MILIS users will require training to be able to access the system. For senior SNs, this could be up to four weeks of courses. ADNPR(SU) and DSCM will work together to build these skills in the SN community before the 2B.2 implementation, and manage posting plots around the training requirement to minimise the burden to seagoing stores departments. Conclusion The Supply community as a whole, and especially SNs, are encouraged to be involved with, and become informed customers of, MILIS. It’s our system, and we have been given a one-off opportunity to have our say and ensure MILIS will meet our needs. To register your interest in taking part in testing activities, training pilot courses or working groups, please contact your supervisor to submit your name to LCDR Samantha Woods on 02 6265 6676 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proud to be a preferred Naval Contractor MILIS training will commence in July, via CAMPUS and face to face instruction. It will be either full training (for new operators or new functionality) or gap training (for existing SDSS operators where there are limited changes to functionality). Access to MILIS is dependant on successfully completing the relevant training modules. Any areas or personnel concerned that they will not receive appropriate training should contact me to confirm training delivery. It is essential that the data imported into MILIS from SDSS is of the highest possible quality. The Navy Compliance and Assurance Framework personnel are working with the Project Team to address an enormous backlog of identified errors, but all SDSS operators are requested to exercise as much care as possible when entering transactions, to limit remediation efforts as much as possible. Logistics & Engineering Unit 6, 92 Hoskins St, Mitchell ACT 2911 Supplies of Hallmark • ILS Services • Technical Publications • Technical Illustrations Phone 02 6241 1565 Fax 02 6241 1335 Email email@example.com