Thursday, August 25, 2016

Emphasis on Information a Boost for Aviators

725 Squadron's MH-60R 'Romeo' helicopter conducts a DIPEX serial in the Jervis Bay area. (photo: LSIS Sarah Williams)
While it might not be considered a headline-grabbing topic, Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn, has reinforced the need to prioritize information management within his force command.
“Since April 2016 the Fleet Air Arm has been in the process of moving towards a 21st-century information management environment, which will equal the best in Australia,” Commodore Smallhorn said.
He said while many would be familiar with the 'Objective' document and record management system, fewer would be aware of 'Objective Workflows'. These were developed as part of the Navy Information Management Strategy 2012-16 and provide a standardized approach to common business processes.
The adoption of 'eDocument correspondence' and 'Task Tracker' workflows have provided the Fleet Air Arm with a standard way of dealing with correspondence, which has coincided with the acceptance of electronic signatures.
The result has been a significant time-saving giving the Fleet Air Arm Executive complete visibility of the status of all correspondence and tasks.
"In an organization where safety is of prime concern this level of confidence that all safety-related material is addressed in a timely manner is invaluable," Commodore Smallhorn said.
A secondary activity has been the development of a reporting capability. This monitors the volume of workflows which inform management decisions as to the allocation of sometimes scarce resources.
The Fleet Air Arm has been shepherded on this journey by Navy Information Management project manager Joseph Stablum and his team.
Commodore Smallhorn thanked Mr Stablum for his efforts.
“Due to Joseph and his team’s efforts, the Fleet Air Arm is now at the point where we are in full compliance with information management policy and legislation, and are at an Australian best-practice level and we will continue to lever improvements,” he said.

“Importantly we know what we have, who’s dealing with it, and when it must be dealt with. All are critical to the assurance of safety and airworthiness and ultimately contribute to the only game in town: the delivery of effective maritime aviation warfare to the Fleet and achievement of the Navy Warfighting Strategy 2018.”

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