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Armed Forces: Joint Deployed Inventory System

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 21 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What improvements have been made to the visibility in transit asset logging system in advance of the introduction of the management of the joint deployed inventory (MJDI) system; and whether the chief of defence logistics still expects the MJDI system to reach (a) initial operating capacity by February 2007, and (b) full operating capacity by October 2007. [HL1956]

The visibility in transit asset logging (VITAL) system has been improved by enabling it to link with other systems (such as the GLOBAL stock control system and the unit supply and accounting system), through software updates, data cleansing, by making it more user friendly and by improving training. CONVIS stage 1 has just been rolled out across defence and ensures the supportability of VITAL beyond 2007, bringing increased practical benefits to users with a more responsive and automated system. CONVIS stages 2 and 3 will continue to deliver improvements through to early 2008.

The expectation is that management of the joint deployed inventory (MJDI) initial pilot operating capability will be rolled out in March 2007, with contract award in late 2007, followed by system development and roll-out. MJDI full operating capability is currently planned for 2010, but this is dependent on approval and implementation of the suppliers' proposals, which are currently being developed.