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NextGen IT Development Halted

In GeoBase & Drafting, Historical, News | on February, 29, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

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I do not have anything definitive on this yet, but I caught wind of earth shattering news the other day.  Yes, it is rumored that our much awaited NextGen IT projected destined to take over all the business processes of ACES, IWIMS, and more has been brought to an abrupt halt.  For what reasons, I have zero information on that for the moment however the moment I have something concrete or at least more than just pure speculation, I will post it immediately.

Speaking entirely tongue in cheek of course, perhaps someone realized that its not as NextGen as they wanted it to be.

In all seriousness though, NextGen IT has been discussed for a little over half of my career.  While nothing has materialized to more than a few test bases, it was touted to be the greatest thing since sliced bread.  In fact most installations have been working diligently to make their respective spatial and tabular databases more NextGen ready so when that day came it would be a whole lot quicker than trying to massage the data as it had existed before.

One of the biggest selling points that I had read about the program was that it was presently being used at some of the Fortune 500 companies.  While at first glance that may seem logical, implementing programs of that type, for this writer it seemed somewhat incompatible considering that a military installation is much more diverse than the regular campuses serving a company.  Perhaps it’s not as diverse as I would like to think it is, after all there are very similar needs and requirements for any campus and military installation, just a change in scale perhaps.  Frankly, I was more concerned that the business processes we use from the ground floor up to make decisions and manage our infrastructure was going to be the real sticking point.  Who knows what the reason is at the moment, after all, it is just a rumor so take it with a grain of salt.

If your installation however is looking for a NextGen like tool that could help improve your 332 processes, check out a tool developed in a few years ago in PACAF.

E-332The e-332 system was developed from 2007 thru 2008 at Yokota Air Base, Japan.  It was originally designed to handle the bulk of the 332 submissions and make the process of handling those 332s easier through its built in routing systems.  As time went along, the system expanded and took on a more GeoBase like process where it began linking 332s with other data sources so eventually from a single 332 a reviewer could not only explore the associated ACES and Real Property data, but could also dive deeply into the drawings a facility as an aide in making decisions on the future work within that facility.

Some of the issues present at the time in using a system such as this included data entry issues for customer service, ie. duplication of data entries.  The perception of e-mail overloading as the system would send e-mail updates to system managers, reviewers and customers alike also caused issues.  In hindsight, which always has 20/20 clarity, it was a worthy attempt at brining a revolutionary system online, however there were just certain processes it could not overcome which ultimately led to it being shelved for the time being.

Should anyone want to bring a system such as this online, it should be noted that an adjustment in your business processes will be required in order to make life easier for your customer service techs as they switch gears.  From a reviewers perspective though, it does save man hours by providing more information at your finger tips rather than having to request information from other members of the unit and/or dig through other databases.  Customers also enjoyed the program as it directly linked the 332 to their Common Access Card thus replacing the need to pepper customer service with phone calls asking the status of various work orders and why they were delayed.

One of the nicest features of the system was that GeoBase could take all the accumulated data and present it in graphical form to help the Operations Flight managers understand where problems existed either in facilities needing the most attention or where delays were creating backlogs.

Should you wish to know more about the e-332 system discussed here, you can download more information below.  I believe I have the original application coding sitting within the file archives so if an industrious installation was interested in playing with a concept application such as this and perhaps taking it further, please feel free to contact us at support@theexpeditionaryengineer.com.  I will do my best to offer tech support and background information to help you smoothly bring the application online quickly.  System requirements are the same as your GeoBase program, IIS and an Oracle database instance.

e-332 Flyer