Navy seeks to update business systems to improve ship maintenance – FCW

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In written testimony, Harker stated that improved business systems would help enhance performance and reduce costs. “We’ve got to invest in updating those systems. We don’t have an electronic time and attendance system…we’ve got a lot of problems that we need to fix.” “Leaders in every functional unit and discipline have been directed to set business systems modernization on an integrated path that is sufficiently resourced and supported across the ,” the acting secretary wrote. “Modernization of our information technology infrastructure is a critical warfighting priority…effective use and management of data is key to our digital transformation, and will change how we will fight and win at every level.”

The Navy wants to update its business systems to mitigate submarine and other maintenance issues and delays at shipyards.  

“Some of the business systems that we rely on at our shipyards are antiquated; things that use COBOL — which is a programming language that was antiquated back when I was in college 30 plus years ago,” Thomas Harker, the acting Navy secretary, told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense during an April 29 hearing.
By Lauren C. WilliamsMay 03, 2021

For example, the Navy migrated a financial tool called the Enterprise Resource Planning system, which has over 70,000 users, to the cloud over the past year, Gilday said. About the Author “We are moving to the cloud off of legacy infrastructure, which as you know is vulnerable,” Adm. Michael Gilday, the Chief of Naval Operations, testified.

And the Navy’s move to cloud infrastructure is key to modernizing those legacy systems. Harker also noted that the Navy was consolidating legacy systems, with the aim of reducing 10 financial systems to three by the end of fiscal 2021.

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