RYAN provides Functional expertise, which consists of a thorough understanding of the Air Force logistics business processes and collateral business processes as a whole and as they relate to Requirements Management Systems (RMS) and Logistics Management Data Bank (LMDB). We also provide System/computational expertise, which consists of a thorough understanding of the environments, platforms, languages, databases and techniques applied to RMS and LMDB.
RMS encompasses the automated and manual functions involved in the Air Force Materiel Command’s (AFMC) Materiel Requirements Process. This process forecasts and controls procurement and repair requirements of materiel needed for logistics support of weapons systems operated by the Air Force. AFMC manages and determines requirements for recoverable spares, consumable spares and equipment items. The items involved are in direct support of AF weapons systems and have significant impact on the AF ability to carry out its mission requirements.
The RMS system supports over 2,000 end-users primarily at three Air Logistics Centers (ALCs), Headquarters AFMC (HQ AFMC), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Ohio and Headquarters United States Air Force (HQ USAF), Washington DC. RMS interfaces with other AF Major Commands, Department of Defense (DoD) and Government agencies in exchanging logistics historical and planning data.
LMDB supports over 1,000 end-users at three ALCs, HQ AFMC, and HQ USAF. LMDB interfaces with other Air Force major commands, DoD, and Government agencies. LMDB includes two subsystems: Automated Budget Compilation System (ABCS) and Logistics Reassignments (LR).
ABCS is an automated system used to prepare budget submissions and project quarterly Inventory Buy, Repair and Term requirements for ALCs and for AFMC. It is an on-line, real time mainframe system. LR is the process by which inventory management responsibility on an individual item is transferred from one government agency to another.
Support for the Requirements Management System and Logistics Management Data Bank had been limited to basic maintenance and sustainment support at the time RYAN assumed support responsibilities due to planned sunsetting of the legacy program. After the Air Force decision to discontinue development of the Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS) program as part of their enterprise-wide approach, which was planned to replace RMS/LMDB, the need for enhancement to the legacy system became a priority.
RYAN worked with the Government’s Program Management Office to identify, prioritize and plan customer requirements to enhance and add functionality to the legacy RMS/LMDB systems. The team provided complete and accurate technical solutions that resulted in timely delivery of the enhanced functionality resulting in increased customer satisfaction.
How We Helped
The RYAN Team of 18 FTEs is providing COBOL Application Development Support for RMS and LMDB. RMS/LMDB is a mission critical application, with a suite of 14 systems that encompass the automated and manual functions involved in the Air Force Materiel Commands (AFMC) Materiel Requirements Process. This process forecasts and controls procurement and repair requirements of materiel needed for logistics support of weapons systems operated by the Air Force (AF). The RMS/LMDB system supports over 3,000 end users.
The majority of RMS/LMDB systems operate on Defense Information System Agency (DISA) managed IBM compatible mainframes using the IBM zOS. We utilize a team of highly trained professionals skilled in the following technologies to support the RMS mainframe systems: CICS, COBOL, Assembler, CA-DATACOM DB, TSO, CA-ROSCOE, CA-IDEAL, IBM JCL, MIAP, CA-METACOBOL, QUICKJOB, TCP/IP and Reflections for IBM.
Task activities include a range of Development and Support services required to provide solutions to the AF program office to support, maintain, and modernize a variety of applications and systems that carry-out the business functions of the AFMC. RYAN provides Development and Support services in five comprehensive functional areas:
- Software development, upgrades and enhancements to legacy applications;
- Application re-engineering, modernization and integration;
- New application development with full Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC);
- Configuration, deployment and testing for solutions implemented using Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software;
- Providing system specifications and knowledge transfer.
The RYAN team of 18 highly skilled professionals represents a 25% reduction in the previous contract team of 24 FTEs, thus providing a cost savings to the Government while delivering an increase in service quality, innovation, business relations and productivity.
RYAN has received Very Good and Exceptional ratings on all areas of evaluation for all Contractor Performance Assessment Report (CPAR) evaluations during the contract Period of Performance (PoP).
RYAN has proposed technical solutions that resulted in delivery of (100%) 16 of 16 on-time and error-free Releases during the contract PoP. Exceeding the Performance Work Statement requirement of 95% delivery of Releases (on-time and error-free).
Ryan was recognized for providing a solution to convert Ventura software documentation to Word format eliminating the need for the Government to store hardcopy files. This conversion benefited the Government because it served as an upgrade to RMS/LMDB entire Configuration Management (CM) process and reduced the costs for printing and copying program documents. Ventura software was no longer supported by its vendor and it became incompatible with the Microsoft Operating Systems. The conversion from Ventura software to Word solved the government’s documentation problems at a cost of $66,000. The Government’s original estimate for the software conversion was $175,000, resulting in a cost savings benefit of $109,000. In addition, the conversion provided the benefits of an editable report format, ease of use and the ability to convert Adobe PDF into popular image formats.
RYAN has recommended numerous Process Improvement solutions to the Government some of which have been implemented resulting in the benefit of cost, time and resource savings to our client. We have submitted two formal technical proposals to the Government for different approaches to accomplish modernization of their legacy systems from a mainframe to a web based environment.