NAVSUP Business Systems Center–A Hub for Innovation

BY RYAN S. CELESNIK INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECTURAL SPECIALIST
NAVAL SUPPLY SYSTEMS COMMAND BUSINESS SYSTEMS CENTER

Fiscal year 2015 was a busy year for the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center (BSC). Serving as NAVSUP’s premier information management and information technology (IM/IT) provider, NAVSUP BSC is faced with the same challenges as its commercial counterparts with providing timely, cost effective, and forward thinking IT solutions to solve and replace outdated and inefficient business technology and processes.iStock_000017544738_gears

The NAVSUP BSC Enterprise Web Portal (EWP) team, which specializes in the Web-enablement and automation of offline business processes, is at the epicenter of new technology and innovation leveraging current Web standards and technology.

Oracle WebCenter and the New MyNAVSUP

In today’s information age, all corporations, organizations, and government entities, large or small, all have one thing in common – content and data – and lots of it. Content and data is king for many businesses and government entities serving as their lifeline for knowledge and records management, report generation, or their primary product/service and source of revenue.

If enterprise content is not easily found, relevant, accessible, and purposeful then it’s merely taking up disc space and costing organizations money.

NAVSUP BSC is working to revitalize the management, access and use of enterprise content, data, and applications through the strategic use of the new Oracle WebCenter Suite.

Oracle WebCenter is the next evolution of Portals from Oracle, providing robust and dynamic capabilities to engage and empower the end user and provide a scalable and progressive framework for enterprise Web development and services. Oracle WebCenter features a new content management service, improved search functionality, Web 2.0 capabilities (blogs, wiki’s and discussion forums), social networking and collaboration.

The NAVSUP BSC EWP team is working to integrate and customize these features to develop a new MyNAVSUP intranet that provides a consistent, intuitive and personalized experience to empower any NAVSUP employee, Joint or business partner to engage with NAVSUP.

Statistically-Driven Maintenance Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART)

In addition to supporting the IM/IT requirements, NAVSUP BSC also partners with other Navy and Department of Defense entities to develop modern and innovative solutions to solve critical business problems.

In fiscal year 2015, NAVSUP BSC partnered with Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC). NWDC manages the Chief of Naval Operations’ Rapid Innovation Cell. The teams worked to develop a Web application prototype to serve as a decision-making tool for Navy technicians on aviation repair items.

SMART is a system designed to put trends found in historical corrective action data into a technicians hands via an intuitive interface. Using this system, a technician will be given a significantly better corrective action based on probabilistic analysis of the historical data.

The goal is to create a learning organization at the most fundamental level by leveraging its own prior repair successes. NAVSUP BSC is working with functional representatives from NWDC and Naval Air Systems Command to deliver a working prototype.

The NAVSUP BSC EWP team will continue to be busy developing Web-enablement tools, automated business processes and pursuing new technology to support the Navy team.

November/December 2015