Accession Number : ADP002751

Title :   The Acquisition Management Information System--Friend or Foe?


Personal Author(s) : Cook,C. R.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : AFSC's Acquisition Management Information System (AMIS) is a complex, extensive computer system containing detailed information on over 61,000 contracts. This paper describes the history and development of AMIS, plus recent actions taken by the Directorate of Contract Data Systems to improve system user-friendliness. A survey of field activities revealed several unsatisfied user needs, especially in data input/output. The Distributed Processing for Contractural Input (DPCI) system was designed and programmed to fill some of these needs. The genesis and growth of DPCI is treated, including software design and hardware acquisition. The paper also covers a fundamental change in management philosophy--expanded participation of system users in establishing and prioritizing system development and change. A new AMIS Users Group was established to advance the effective use of AMIS through the interchange of information concerning system design, use, operation and maintenance. More emphasis is also being placed on improving data base accuracy and completeness. Management education has been stressed. The paper explains steps taken in these and other areas and comments on future system changes to further enhance user-friendliness. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Government procurement, *Management information systems, *Contracts, *Management planning and control, Distributed data processing, User needs, Input output processing, Participative management, Management, Education, Productivity, Operational effectiveness, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE