Logistics Information Warehouse: An Authoritative Source
Secretary of the Army John McHugh has directed the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) to continue developing the Logistics Information Warehouse (LIW) as the Army’s single authoritative source whereby leaders can maintain situational awareness of equipment across the Army.
AMC’s Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) manages the LIW, a repository for data that will provide a common location for all Army materiel stakeholders to access, acquire, and deliver data and information for managing Army materiel.
LIW integrates legacy systems data with data emerging from modern Army Enterprise Resource Planning systems to provide critical strategic business analytics and business intelligence for the Army’s logistics leaders.
Previously, warfighters had to coordinate with multiple Army organizations to determine how to fill equipment shortages. As AMC fills the role of Lead Materiel Integrator (LMI) for the Army, LIW will be the single source for equipment information and possible solutions to shortages. (For more on AMC’s designation as LMI, go to http://test.usaasc.info/u-s-army-materiel-command-named-the-army%e2%80%99s-lead-materiel-integrator/.)
“By integrating and merging the property data from multiple sources into one location, LIW will provide our strategic leaders and item managers visibility of all Army assets and associated readiness,” said COL Robert Sullivan, LOGSA Commander. “This allows Army leaders to make sound decisions for equipment distribution based on accurate life-cycle data. Simply put, when we know what we have on hand, the supply, we can truly optimize demand satisfaction as we distribute equipment.”
In addition to its role in supporting LMI, LIW will provide insight into equipment availability, maintenance reporting, and the overall performance of the Army supply pipeline. Also, LIW can provide large amounts of data to more than 140 trading partners each day. This facet of LIW’s mission is a being upgraded to further exploit Web-service technology, eliminating many costly databases.
LIW will foster a broad overview of equipment and logistics, enabling decision making and long-term trend analysis for senior leaders. The logistics community can now more easily monitor, manage, and sustain the efforts that are vital to mission success.
“As we continue to build out the strategic analytic capability and enhance the ‘look and feel’ by capitalizing on new technologies, LIW will be even more useful to leaders making maintenance, transportation, and funding decisions. Its reach is much broader than just equipment visibility,” Sullivan said.
Article courtesy of AMC Public Affairs.