Navy Reaps Benefits with Biz Tool

WASHINGTON (07/24/2000) - The U.S. 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 said.

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