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    100th Web-based Solution Marks Major Milestone for NAVSUP BSC Team

    100th Web-Based Solution Marks Major Milestone for NAVSUP BSC Team

    Photo By Thomas Zimmerman | 211104-N-FF527-153 MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (November 4, 2021) Lt. j.g. Dustin Opsomer,...... read more read more

    MECHANICSBURG, PA, UNITED STATES

    11.05.2021

    Story by Thomas Zimmerman 

    NAVSUP Business Systems Center

    (MECHANICSBURG, Pa.) -- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Business Systems Center’s (BSC) NAVSUP Enterprise Web (NEW) team released their 100th web-based business solution, the Appointment Record and Termination tool, October 5.

    The 100th release was a major milestone for the NAVSUP BSC team who has been developing web-based solutions to improve business processes for the NAVSUP Enterprise since January 2005.

    “The people on our team are the reason for our success,” said Josh Starner, an inaugural team member now serving as the NEW supervisor at NAVSUP BSC. “We have a very flexible team who build long-lasting relationships and use the latest technologies to deliver custom solutions for our mission partners.”

    The team began with six employees and broke ground with their first web-based solution, the Test Trouble/Incident Report (TTIR) tool in February 2006.

    “The TTIR tool allowed us to automate the bug reporting process for our internal products,” said Ryan Celesnik, a founding member of the team now serving as NAVSUP deputy chief information officer. “Our focus was to embrace the web as a platform and automate and consolidate administrative tasks that were being done in [Microsoft] Word or Access databases.”

    While the team was initially focused on developing internal and external web-portal sites, the team quickly adopted the use of web-based portal tools.

    “In the early days, we designed and coded everything from scratch using only one browser, limited developer tools, and no standard for responsive web design,” said Starner. “Today, we leverage modern frameworks and browser utilities to develop solutions that have a standardized look and feel. It accelerates the development time and learning curve for our mission partners.”

    Once the value of web-based solutions was realized, the team and their scope grew. The team now consists of 17 information technology (IT) specialists, augmented by 13 contractors, and supports the development and maintenance of NAVSUP Enterprise websites, intranet portals, collaboration spaces, and mobile and web-based business solutions.

    Over the past 16 years, the team has been called on to fill critical gaps in the supply chain, financial, procurement, human resources, and audit realms with innovative web-based solutions. They developed tools such as e-SUPPO, which connects thousands of Supply Corps officers with job opportunities and Navy news at the touch of a button; the Husbanding Support Portal, which delivers essential data on vendor services at ports-of-call worldwide; and the Hazmat Control and Management tool, which quickly delivers data to accelerate decisions on hazardous material requisitions.

    In 2019, Laura Sedor, a subject-matter expert for the NEW team at NAVSUP BSC, was named the Department of the Navy’s 2019 Cyberspace/Information Technology Person of the Year for her work on the NAVSUP Office of the Inspector General (IG) Portal. Her work resulted in a web-based solution that fully automated the IG inspection and remediation processes, eliminated excessive manual efforts, and reduced administrative time by more than 50 percent.

    “We are successful because we are passionate about what we do,” said Sedor. “We love to help transform and improve business processes to make a better, more efficient environment for our mission partners. Seeing the success of our partners and the resulting impact on the NAVSUP Enterprise is a big part of what makes our job fulfilling.”

    In 2020, the team received NAVSUP BSC’s Team of the Year award for delivering agile, customer-focused solutions supporting the NAVSUP Enterprise and Navy. The team provided a cost savings of more than $7.6 million, delivered 12 custom web-based solutions, maintained more than 100 team collaborations spaces and web tools, and provided crucial support to Navy Data Platform and NAVSUP Enterprise cloud efforts.

    Their most recent solution, the Appointment Record and Termination tool, was developed to help meet Navy audit and certification requirements by creating an environment for the creation, workflow, and tracking of nearly all NAVSUP Enterprise DD Form 577s and comptroller delegation of authority (DOA) letters.

    “This tool provides critical functions that allow us to centralize all of the necessary information needed to track documentation required for personnel who certify funds for payment and approve funds for obligation, and will also facilitate the semi-annual certification requirements across the NAVSUP Enterprise,” said Carly Baldwin, financial analyst, NAVSUP Program Budget and Operations Division, who worked with the team to develop the tool. “This gives us the capabilities to track and maintain DD Form 577s and DOA letters across the enterprise and will allow us to develop critical reports required to complete our semi-annual certifications quickly and efficiently.”

    Brian Zirbel, executive director, NAVSUP BSC, said he expects to see continued success for the team in the future.

    “Release of the 100th web-based business solution is a major milestone for the team,” said Zirbel. “Their agile, responsive, customer-focused approach allows us to quickly deliver relevant IT capability that supports the NAVSUP Enterprise, Navy supply chain, and the warfighter.”

    NAVSUP BSC provides the Navy with information systems support through the design, development, and maintenance of systems in the functional areas of logistics, supply chain management, transportation, finance, and accounting and is one of 11 commands under Commander, NAVSUP.

    For more information about NAVSUP BSC, visit https://www.navsup.navy.mil/public/navsup/bsc/.

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    Date Taken: 11.05.2021
    Date Posted: 11.05.2021 08:49
    Story ID: 408751
    Location: MECHANICSBURG, PA, US 

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