Navy reaps savings with biz tool
- By Dan Verton
- Jul 24, 2000
The Naval Undersea Warfare Center at Newport, R.I., has saved as much as
$1.5 million a year as a result of a business intelligence program that
has helped the agency eliminate unneeded paper and personnel and redundant
data entry costs, according to officials at the center.
Sylvia Ronayne, project manager for the NUWC's business intelligence
project, said her agency's deployment of Cognos Inc.'s Transformer, Impromptu,
PowerCubes and PowerPlay business tools has enabled the center to build
what it calls the Executive Business Information System.
EBIS, which employs a data warehouse containing information extracted
from various systems and external data sources, provides the ability to
immediately access, analyze, graph and download financial, personnel and
other business information electronically.
"In terms of cost avoidance, [EBIS] has kept [us] from having to hire
extra staff," Ronayne said. The center has 300 registered users of the system
and plans to "broaden its use" once Cognos releases the newest version of
Enterprise Service 6.6, Ronayne said.
Ben Plummer, vice president of Customer Services at Cognos, said the
EBIS system is a perfect example of what other federal agencies can do in
order to streamline their financial management operations.
Plummer added that the Cognos solution can be deployed in about half
the time it normally takes enterprise business intelligence solutions. Other
Cognos government customers include the Defense Finance and Accounting Service,
the Military Sealift Command, the Health Care Financing Administration,
the Army Reserves and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Plummer