On September 10th, ITER achieved another important milestone in helping our administrative processes becoming even more efficient.
DIAMS, the SAP based Dynamic ITER Administration Management System tool for processing and integrating data from different sources into a unified system, is now running live in the Human Resouces Department!
From now on, payroll calculations, personnel data and job position data will be managed through SAP. Later this month, the Finance, Budget, Procurement, Contract and travel departments will also go live. In order to be able to do so, at least one staff member of every department is currently being trained in how to process missions, purchase requests, small value orders, goods receipts and invoices for the department in SAP.
By the end of the year the SAP Portal will go on-line for all ITER staff giving access to every employee concerning certain personal data or management of absences for example.
The implementation of DIAMS has a number of advantages for our organization: the system ensures that data from different sources can be integrated, that they are secure, consistent, traceable and auditable.
It will also ensure budget control, and interfaces with schedule and cost tools developed by the Project Office. It means also that the budget status can be given at any time and that validation and payment processes will be faster.
It is going to take some time for all of us to become familiar with the system, but over time, it will greatly enhance the overall management efficiency of ITER and ensure that we are ready to cope with the future growth of our organization at that level. return to Newsline #49