The DEAMS Increment 1, Spiral 1, was delivered on time and on cost.
We did deliver DEAMS when we said we would, but the road has not always been direct or easy.
DEAMS was born and is inspired by a very real desire by everyone involved to solve the long-standing shortcomings in our accounting systems.
When DEAMS went live at McConnell AFB, a dual processing approach was used, where all of the legacy transactions remained and DEAMS books were opened for only new activity to start FY13.
During the initial roll-out, Oracle-focused training was conducted, which was not well received by DEAMS users.
Since DEAMS had been configured to report its financial data through GAFS-R--a system it intends to replace--there had been little emphasis on closing accounting periods.
According to John Senn, DEAMS functional manager, "The CRP was our first chance to apply the Oracle software to realistic business processes.
Beginning in May 2007, DEAMS will be implemented in the first of several spirals and versions.
The general ledger provides the overall framework for capturing and maintaining the DEAMS accounting data.
DEAMS also will allow standard general ledger processing across the enterprise, facilitate simplified preparation of financial statements, and enable real-time tracking or control against budget targets at the point of transaction entry.
In his discussion on why DEAMS is right for USTRANSCOM, Mr.
Bentley, some of the impacts of DEAMS for USTRANSCOM included reduced rework, on-line access to billing information, reduced cost to customers, full visibility of funding and execution in one system, and improved financial visibility at all levels of command.
We expect DEAMS
to transform what we do into a showcase of business excellence--trusted partners in the business of defense.
Our DEAMS project is a true partnership between OSD, USTRANSCOM, DFAS, Army, Navy, and Air Force with Air Force as the designated Executive Agent for acquisition.
We have high expectations for what you will accomplish with DEAMS and the increased capability you will deliver to the warfighter.