March 9, 2015 | By scnewsltr
NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) celebrated the transfer of the final portions of its financial system of record to the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (Navy ERP) system by pulling the plug on the Material Financial Control System (MFCS), Oct 23. MFCS is the last major legacy system (financial) associated with the Uniform Inventory Control Program. The event was a joint ceremony hosted by both NAVSUP WSS Mechanicsburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was attended by Navy ERP teams, program managers, comptrollers, and IT specialists from both sites. MFCS served as the precursor for what is now known as Navy ERP. While the transition was “bittersweet” for all involved, it marked a significant milestone for NAVSUP WSS and the Navy. Navy ERP is an integrated business management system that modernizes and standardizes Navy business operations, provides unprecedented management visibility across the enterprise and increases effectiveness and efficiency. With this transition, Navy ERP has become the sole financial system managing more than half of the Navy’s total obligations. “This proved to be one of the most difficult systems to shutdown because of the potential impact to the customer and the level of detail required to accomplish the task”, said Karen Meloy, Vice Commander of NAVSUP WSS. Meloy, who previously served as NAVSUP Headquarters director of ERP applauded the hard effort of those who worked on the transition, “This is a tremendous accomplishment and I couldn’t be prouder of the work we’ve done here.” NAVSUP WSS is currently running Navy ERP Release 1.1, which provides functionality in financial operations, program management and workforce management with a more integrated capability than the legacy systems previously used. The conversion of MFCS to ERP Release 1.1 is another major step toward the transformation of business affairs in one updated, standardized, interconnected system that provides financial transparency, asset visibility and effectiveness and efficiency to the Navy’s efforts to support its warfighters. “Standing down MFCS was one of the hardest things our program office had to do. Many hours were spent customizing the system to fit the needs of our customer. However, the transition to Navy ERP is a necessary step in optimizing our efforts and supporting customers,” said Ron Stein, who serves as deputy comptroller in Philadelphia. “The transition was difficult, but the teams showed the diligence and commitment to the mission. Communication was the key to this success,” said Capt. J.B. Theriault, NAVSUP WSS Comptroller. “Our objectives were many, but we accomplished them through teamwork and collaboration. It was a total team effort.” By Ollie Cooperwood, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Office of Corporate Communications