Navy ERP system ready for full deployment, officials say

The Navy’s Enterprise Resource Planning System is ready for prime time, based on the recommendations of two defense department agencies.

Navy ERP System Release 1.0 recently completed the Follow-on Operational Test Agency Evaluation Report (OT-D1A), which assesses the operational effectiveness and operational suitability of the system in order to provide a fielding recommendation.

The Navy ERP system standardizes and modernizes the Navy’s business practices. The system provides commanders with a significantly enhanced visibility into financial, program, workforce, and material management information across their areas of responsibility, Navy officials said.

“Navy ERP System Release 1.0 is operationally effective and operationally suitable and I recommend full fielding in accordance with the current schedule,” said Rear Adm. David Dunaway, commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force.

The Defense Department's Operational Test and Evaluation office concurred with report in a subsequent memorandum to the Under Secretary of Defense for Business Transformation, officials said.

The Navy ERP system is currently being used by more than 35,000 people in three major Navy systems commands.

The Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Supply Systems Command are currently operating their business activities using Navy ERP as their financial system of record. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command is using the system for training and preparation for an October 1, Go-Live. The current Navy program of record calls for the SPAWAR implementation to begin October 2009, and the Naval Sea Systems Command implementation to begin October 2010.

“This evaluation is a major step forward for the program and the Navy,” said Dr. Jennifer Carter, Navy ERP program manager. “What has been a promise in development for several years is now an operating, functioning management system that is saving money and providing better information right now to Navy commanders so they can efficiently provide the support Navy warfighters must have.”

These benefits will continue to increase as the system is implemented in more Navy commands, she said.

When the current deployment scheduled is complete, the Navy ERP system will support more than 64,000 users and be used to manage more than 53 percent of the Navy’s total obligation authority, the money it is authorized to spend.

The Navy directed the implementation of an ERP system as part of efforts to transform its business affairs to more efficiently support warfighter readiness, part of the Navy’s maritime strategy. ERP systems integrate management functions enabling all aspects of a business operation to use the same information, aligning activities and speeding information availability.

The Navy ERP program is part of the portfolio of the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems.

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Reader Comments

Wed, Jan 27, 2010 Richard Dover Neverland

ready for prime time.....YIKES

Wed, Aug 26, 2009 Richard Dover CRAZYVILLE

Run for the hills, before it is too late.

Wed, Aug 12, 2009

There are probably 35000 "basic users" because this is the time card entry system for converted commands. The number of advanced users is probably in the low thousands. This includes program planners, budget analysts, purchase card users and contracts negotiators.

Wed, Aug 12, 2009 EdT VA

NavyERP, an SAP project, has been in development/implementation under several different titles for years (6-8); and has been scaled back from the original intent which was to merge NavAir and NEMAIS, intermediate ship repair and maintenance with ERP, financial management system for the Navy. To state there currently 35,000 SAP users is an enormous stretch... probably more like <5,000.

Wed, Aug 12, 2009 Lachesis in the bowels of WNYD

i'm trying to keep my laughter to a minimum, otherwise it's too hard to type. this "ready to roll" ERP - is it the same one that they're busy doing catch-up programming on, because no one thought to design it to cover Shipbuilding and Conversion (SCN) funding - a slightly significant part of the Navy's overall reason to be? the one that's not going to cover Foreign Military Sales or MISIL appropriation funding? the one that won't be uploading any legacy financial information because it's "too hard"? let's just say that i'm overjoyed that my retirement date comes up before this beast rolls over us.

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