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FMID Retention Phase: A Critical Enabler of Army Enterprise Systems

By FMS Public Affairs

Members of the PD FMS Team analyze Army organizational changes using the FMID Retention Tool Suite.
Members of the PD FMS Team analyze Army organizational changes using the FMID Retention Tool Suite.

On July 31, the Force Management System (FMS) announced the successful deployment of the Army Organizational Server’s (AOS) Force Management Identifier (FMID) Retention Phase 1 capability, further enhancing the Army’s implementation of the Global Force Management Data Initiative (GFMDI).

The AOS is the Army’s tool for meeting the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s mandate for the services to provide force structure data that is interoperable, fully hierarchical and reflects historical, present and future Army force structure authorizations. The key attribute of the AOS organizational chart data is its expansive hierarchy spanning from worldwide down through the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army and individual billet and equipment authorizations. This master data provides DoD Enterprise IT consumers a stable and complete authorized force structure picture from which to tie personnel, logistics, resourcing and security data.

Due to the unique FMID tagging to each node and relationship in the organization tree, along with the use of publish/subscribe change transaction distribution, DoD Enterprise IT consumers are no longer required to establish their own hierarchy, attach their own primary keys to the data, or identify differences between versions or time slices of organizational charts by internal comparisons.

Consistent and authoritative master data is a critical enabler for the Army enterprise resource planning systems—GCSS-Army (Logistics), GFEBS (Resourcing) and IPPS-A (Personnel)—and provides stable enterprise-wide FMIDs for evolving Army operating and generating units.

Posted November 19, 2013

No Looking Back for Team LMP

By Christine McMahon, LMP Public Affairs

With the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) Increment 2 Milestone B in the rearview mirror, the LMP team turns its attention to the program’s three main efforts – Increment 1 sustainment, transition of services and Increment 2 fielding.

In addition to compliance and other sustainment efforts, the LMP Increment 1 team continued work with AESIP on Business Objects (BO) business intelligence tool, which provides self-service access to data, enables enhanced data analysis, facilitates rapid and collaborative decision making, and provides improved performance tracking and asset visibility through detailed reporting, queries and dashboard views. The team is working to enable LMP data within the AESIP BO tool to allow for greater reporting capability at Army Materiel Command (AMC).

The LMP team also is working with AMC, PEO EIS, Army Shared Services Center (Army-SSC), and Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Enterprise Systems and Services (ALTESS) transitioning LMP from Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to the government. CSC’s role as the lead systems integrator will be taken over by Army-SSC and ALTESS will host the system.

Wave 1 of LMP Increment 2 is set for limited fielding in December 2013. This wave includes the beginning of enterprise resource planning (ERP) integration and reengineering, which will include interfaces with AESIP for syndicated manufacturing part numbers and automatic returns item list, as well as BO functionality. These will be released into the system for all LMP users. Parallel to Wave 1 limited fielding, the team will be building and testing Wave 2, which will further enhance ERP integration and reengineering with e-procurement, total package fielding, and enterprise data warehouse, as well as provide non-Army managed items and Army Prepositioned Stock functionality.

With future LMP Increment 2 milestones set firm in their sights, along with compliance, sustainment and transition of services work, the LMP team is looking forward to continuing its efforts to strengthen AMC’s support to Soldiers around the world.

Posted November 19, 2013

Army CIO/G-6 Has Approved Automatic Forwarding of AKO Email to Commercial Email

By CIO/G-6

To ease retirees’ and family members’ transition from AKO email to another service, the Army CIO/G-6 recently approved automatic forwarding of AKO email to personal commercial email addresses. This feature became available on Nov. 1, 2013, and will forward email until Dec. 31, 2014. To ensure that no emails are missed, retirees and family members should activate this function in their AKO account profiles as soon as possible.

Instructions for forwarding AKO email to a commercial account (this option is for retirees and family members):

  • Log into AKO
  • Click “My Account”
  • Click the “Mail Options” link under “Mail Preferences”
  • Click “Select Delivery Option” button.
  • Select "Forward Email (Non-AKO Account)"
  • Enter forwarding email address
  • Enter forwarding address again to confirm

Learn more about the AKO Transition.

Posted November 01, 2013