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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
22 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 Phase 2B.1 Go-Live The MILIS (Military Integrated Logistics Information System) Phase 2B.1 Go Live Event commenced on 1 Jun 10 to allow preparation of MILIS into the production environment, introduction of interim business processes and associated workarounds and for the progressive switching off of Standard Defence Supply System (SDSS) Version 4 interfaces. From the period 1 to 5 July SDSS user accesses were removed, data was migrated and access to MILIS was initiated. During the Go-Live Event the services utilised their own Implementation Plans, which linked into the overall MILIS Implementation Plan. This was to ensure that each service and Group had sufficient workarounds for the potential backlog with the changeover to MILIS itself. The input provided by each Service and Group both during the Go-Live Event and during this Phase overall from the Projects perspective has been commendable. During July MILIS Performance Tuning commenced between JP2077, CIOG and MINCOM to review some performance degradation issues that had occurred including login freezes, process and report 'slow downs' and delays in printing. There was also an unplanned outage late August, which lead to the introduction of a MILIS 'Tiger Team' travelling around the country during September to assist users in their individual locations while both MATIS and Project staff continued with various 'code drops' and software upgrades to continually improve the overall system. Initial feedback from Services and Groups is that system performance and understanding is increasing which will in time lead to greater confidence of MILIS throughout the ADF. The Stakeholder Issues and Concerns Log (SICL) was created on the JP2077 Phase 2B.1 website to inform MILIS users of the schedule of issue fixes and weekly code releases. For example, between 22 to 28 Sep, there were a total of 424 incidents reported to the DLSS Service Desk of which 255 were closed in that timeframe (representing an overall closure rate of 60%). As of early October, MILIS has processed approximately 65% of the number of issues and receipts in comparison that were processed in SDSSv4 over the same period last year. The comparison of transaction volume for the same of week of September to the same period last year indicates MILIS has processed approximately 85% of the number of issues and receipts processed in SDSSv4. MILIS has also processed approximately 83% of the total technical inspections and 65% of the total purchase orders processed in SDSSv4 over the same period last year. Both Project and DLSS staff at MATIS continue to monitor system usage/ issues. Introduction of JP2077 Phase 2B.2 The Defence White Paper in 2000 outlined the need for investment to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of command and management functions in the ADF. It was detailed that such investment will better enable the ADF to deploy and operate effectively, increase combat power and save money. Also during this time the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) highlighted issues facing the existing ADF logistics systems, including the inadequacy of the Cargo Visibility System (CVS), and a lack of speed and reliability of the existing logistics system, Standard Defence Supply System version 4 (SDSSv4), in the deployed environment. JP2077 Phase 2B.2 commenced to close the capability gaps that had remained after the upgrade of the core MILIS transactional system. Phase 2B.2 will deliver a Deployable Logistics System (ADFDLS) that will extend the reach of the MILIS core transactional system to ADF Force Elements deployed overseas on Operations and it will also provide additional Integrated In-Transit Visibility (IITV) to the ADF. Phase 2B.2 received Three Star ERP Steering Committee endorsement in Nov 08 to commence planning activities that would enable the Project to present a detailed solution and costs back to the committee for consideration during the 2nd quarter of 2011. With this in mind a revised contracting approach for Phase 2B.2, distinct from Phase 2B.1, built on the lessons learned from Phase 2B.1 sought to mitigate the Phase 2B.2 delivery risks through a solution definition stage. Phase 2B.2 will be therefore divided into two phases, being: • Stage 1 -- Solution Design activity including the provision of architecture, system and business design artefacts; and • Stage 2 -- Build, Test and Deployment. ADFDLS will be a highly mobile inventory management system capable of performing in a communications-interrupted environment. It will deliver a common system for the RAN by replacing SLIMS in the seagoing environment. It will have three tiers of employment to satisfy the ADF's logistics requirements at all three Operational levels (or Tiers), which are as follows: • Tier 1 -- is the central MILIS mainframe based on the Australian mainland. It comprises the complete MILIS corporate functionality as provided by JP2077 Phase 2B.1 and subsequently enhanced in Phase 2B.2 to include IITV. • Tier 2 -- will provide the maximum deployed functionality (similar to Tier 1) and enable the Defence logistics system to be deployed, independent of fixed communications to the Australian-based mainframe. Continuous or intermittent communications will provide near real-time data back to Tier 1 using specific messaging software; and • Tier 3 -- is designed for use in-theatre by mobile force elements departing from either a Tier 1 or Tier 2 facility. It will provide a subset of the total MILIS transactions that are essential to end users. Data from the deployed force elements utilising Tier 3 will be uploaded to the parent Tier 1 or Tier 2 entity. JP2077 2B.2 Brief The MILIS (Military Integrated Logistics Information System) Phase 2B.1 Go Live Event commenced on 1 Jun 10. BY LCDR TONY CLOUGH, RAN