Qlarion Helps U.S. Army Enhance Program Performance for its Mission Critical System

apacheThe Total Ammunition Management Information System (TAMIS) is the U.S. Army’s system for managing and processing ammunition requests, authorizations, expenditures and forecasts for the Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard and Marine Corps. It is a critical, worldwide system used for wartime, training and testing operations. Army personnel use TAMIS to forecast their requirements so that the proper ammunition supplies are provided quickly and efficiently across the world when and where they are needed.

Qlarion was brought in to provide the U.S. Army with improved insight into ammunition requirements and expenditures, to help them improve program and mission performance, and to help provide greater accountability for their results.

TAMIS handles between 500,000 to 1.2 million ammunition transactions per month and between 17,000 to 23,000 transactions per day from its units around the world. It supports requests from over 10,000 personnel, and up to 300 concurrently. While the existing system was able to support these requests, the transactional processing load for TAMIS and the operational focus of the system limited the amount of analysis that could be performed on the system. Additionally, report processing time could vary significantly throughout the year  according to the number of users on the system. The Army decided that an additional layer of analysis was needed to improve program performance and better understand U.S. Army ammunition budgets and operational metrics.

Qlarion was brought in to provide the U.S. Army with improved insight into ammunition requirements and expenditures, to help them improve program and mission performance, and to help provide greater accountability for their results.

Improved insight into ammunition requirements, forecasts and delivery provides military personnel with the tools needed to improve program performance.

Prior to Qlarion’s solution, TAMIS was only a basic transactional reporting system. Qlarion’s improved reporting system provides Army personnel with reports on how much overall ammunition is required, expended, issued and requested. It also provides a much more detailed level of analysis including munitions requirements and expenditures for tank and infantry units by unit, region, and munitions category. New reports assist the military in delivering munitions to specific units more quickly and efficiently.  Additional analytics allow for more accurate forecasting based on more extensive data. More accurate forecasting helps the Army only deliver the munitions that will be used, while ensuring that each unit has an adequate amount of ammunition. Additionally, if a unit changes locations or is added to the Army, the solution allows the Army to see the changed data quickly reflected in a new set of reports and forecasts.

More accurate ammunition forecasting, delivery and budgeting helps U.S. Army provide greater accountability for results.

TAMIS now also provides insight on expenditures, including spending trends and comparisons by unit and region, and expenditure forecasts year over year. This allows for closer management of Army processes and budgets. The Army can more easily pinpoint expenditures that seem out of line or request budget increases for certain Army units or regions during wartime, for example. In a time of increased scrutiny over federal budgets, this allows the Army to have more detailed insight into a crucial part of its operations.

Near real-time analytics improve mission performance.

TAMIS is a mission-critical system for army-based military operations around the world. As over 10,000 personnel rely on it daily to provide the Army with the munitions needed for America’s defense, the system must have little to no down-time. Prior to Qlarion’s solution, the Army was concerned that the system could become overloaded or slow over time, or as more analytic reports were run.  Qlarion built a separate data mart optimized for analysis, allowing for near-real time reporting and resulting in improved operational system performance.  Army personnel can now rely on the improved system to deliver the reports they need, when they need them, without overloading the system today or in the future.

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