What is the point of busting a nut to get fully James compliant then being unable to put a landrover on the system because its asset code has changed following submission into the Tithonus refurb program.
The resulting piddling contest involving the James team and IPT as to who's fault it is and who is to finance it, is indeed a cluster to behold.
Meanwhile units have to run two systems. Shamefull
Either way, I believe this thread is missing one of the main issues with JAMES / FEMIS.
I need many more fingers to count the number of times I have heard "&^%$!!!, JAMES is down again!!", or "Sorry, can't print off anything from FEMIS, UNICOM is down". When units had their own servers, at least we could get the work done. Now, we can't even demand spares without a bloody long wait!.
The new systems may be better(!), but at the end of the day, REME's job is to fix kit. The new systems have seriously begun to slow the job down.
I even hear people saying that being on exercise is easier when it comes to fixing kit. My unit is beginning to resort back to hard copies rather than log on the FEMIS, especially for 1043s, etc.
I keep on lying through my teeth telling people that it will be better when JAMES 2 (or whatever) takes over FEMIS. What a crock of poo.
With reference to my above comment, Apple had the right idea. Design a computer programme that a five year old can use. JAMES, JPA, even my belovid FEMIS are all far too complicated. Give us a windows based programme that does everything. I'm sure Mr Gates will design it for a small fee....