To facilitate Non-Material Procurement purchasing, the Department used 13 disparate systems, consisting predominantly of Access Databases and Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets. These specific systems were utilised by individual Directorates and accessed by staff within the Directorates to record and manage their workloads. The issue with so many disparate systems is the lack of transparency across all systems.
Initially, WorkingMouse was approached by Cornerstone, a management and systems consulting company. Cornerstone would subcontract to WorkingMouse for the migration of DOD’s thirteen disparate systems. The end goal was a centralised cloud based repository for all non material procurement.
Using an agile methodology the project was split into 2 week sprints. Initial operating capability (IOC) was delivered in four months (within the IOC’s due date).
Because of the technology stack currently used by the Department of Defence, WorkingMouse created a new codebot to work alongside the development team. Dodbot (we really racked our brains for that name) writes to a Springboot server side and JSP client side.