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Global Politics / Re: CDN/US Covid-related political discussion
« Last post by Remius on Yesterday at 12:46:16 »

I can only speak of my own area, but some small business and large ones can’t get enough people to come back to work.  Demand is high.  I have been able to order in, curb side pick,up etc etc.  Now, haircuts, dentist appts etc have been just reopened.

The economy seems to still be moving.  No real shortages of anything.

One thing I have noticed is how fragile our economy is and how much it relies on us to buying essentially useless things.
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Geez thousands of companies around the world use SAP and yet their worlds aren't falling apart. I wonder if SAP is the issue or us?

Don't get me wrong it is a complicated system but we do ourselves no favours by continuing to ignore how the system works. When we adopted the system we had no idea what an ERP could do and tried to shoehorn it into what we knew which was old stovepiped legacy systems. That a decade+ later (depending on your role) we still have basic issues means we are likely more the problem than not.

DND is rolling over to the more user friendly version in the next five years but unless we change the underlying structure we are still built on a shaky foundation.

SAP is a really user unfriendly and counterintuitive program to use, regardless of how many companies use it. It's fundamental interface and transactions codes is a flashback to software from the 1990s, and generally the easiest way to make use of the data is to pull it out of the program and run it through a macro to generate a readable report (which usually has all kinds of incorrect information because of how the system was shoehorned onto ships with deployed servers).

We also aren't doing ourselves any favours, but anyone arguing that SAP is easy to use hasn't tried to do anything outside a specific, already templated process. There is lots of data there which isn't searchable/sortable because of how the queries are set up, and how the data is segmented in the system.

Honestly, with how much we've spent on SAP plus subsequent bespoke frontends, we could have had a tailor made ERP software developed for our specific needs, and not had to try and change how things work because of how the system is set up, and not what we really need to do. Because of how it's set up, it doesn't actually support how we have contractually set up ISSC supplies on ships, so AFAIK that kind of inventory is being managed in excel spreadsheets, because what's in SAP is not reliable.

SAP is probably excellent if you already do business in the manner the SAP workflow is set up to support, so probably pretty straightforward for a lot of commercial set ups that have JIT supply system etc. We've been adapting to the tool for a while now, so probably over the worst of it, but I know that so much of the data in it is suspect that I don't necessarily believe any report that hasn't been audited. Commercial processes work for them, but they fall apart for us pretty quick. Some stuff we could definitely do better, but a lot of the 'best practices' for business really don't make any operational sense for us when a huge part of are role is to be there for when a large variety of different scenarios hit the fan, and the 'customer' can suddenly be on the other side of the planet within a few weeks (usually with minimal connectivity available to use SAP properly, introducing all kinds of data sync errors). 
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The Canadian Military / Re: The Post-pandemic Canadian Armed Forces
« Last post by SupersonicMax on Yesterday at 11:57:01 »
We had a system when DVPNI was limited where people on a WhatsApp chat would “claim” a slot to use it and “release” it when done.  This way, we didn’t have to have assigned Individual timeslots for work and allowed a more efficient use of our unit’s assigned slots.  We had people that initially refused to join.  It was fine.  We gave them the midnight to 4AM slots and expected their work to be done on time.  You are working from home, saving on gas, saving on parking (for some) with a more flexible work schedule where you can spend more time with the family.  Even if it costs you $50 a month more, you probably saved more in transportation costs to/from work.  The least you can do is show a bit of flexibility for the organization, especially in a context where there is absolutely no precedent.
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Global Politics / Re: CDN/US Covid-related political discussion
« Last post by QV on Yesterday at 11:53:21 »
>Get the population addicted to uninhibited spending and free money

Right now the velocity of money is atypically slow, so increasing the money supplies in countries hasn't had the usual expected effect (price inflation).  When that happens, people are going to realize that the values of their pay and pensions aren't what they used to be.

What exactly are the conditions for significant inflation to take place?  It seems to me we are on the way there when you consider CERB and other COVID related spending, severe unemployment, reduced tax revenue, fleeing investment, downfall of the resource sector, and keeping what is left of the economy closed or the possibility of a second COVID wave closing everything up again.  When I am out and about it doesn't feel like the economy is at a tipping point, but maybe the CERB and other benefits instituted because of COVID (like deferred mortgage payments) are keeping that illusion going for now.
 
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We need mass amounts of stores prepositioned in various convenient locations at all times.  And if they sit there doing nothing, thats A-Ok.  Because we (CAF) are a very large, last ditch, what-if, organization that only consumes finances while producing no physical product. 

Money needs to be reinvested back into ADM(MAT) and given to LCMMs to keep the shelves full and stream line supply processes.  And if this means first line units lose LPO budgets to buy stupid commodities so-be-it.  The Canadian Forces Supply System (CFSS) should be able to provide 95% of all requirements at all times.


More and more I find myself agreeing with the idea that the CAF should be run as a business. The business of protection lets say.

If it were selling any product... shoes for example... this company would've lost its reputation, customers, and filed for bankruptcy already. A reasonable, national-level company would've seen this issue for the threat to its bottom-line survivability and invested in consultants and/or appropriate software to rectify.

If I wanna order a cool new pair of boots for the coming winter, I would've had to order them in the late summer and then I might maybe get some? With various franchises shipping my boots between them all over the country in order to make their way to me?

I know nothing of logistics, but my limited understanding says this issue could be solved by going to a COTS solution.

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The Canadian Military / Re: The Post-pandemic Canadian Armed Forces
« Last post by Eye In The Sky on Yesterday at 11:46:24 »
consolidated/moved down the page a few posts.
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Or use a system that isn’t so painfully complicated and user hostile...

Geez thousands of companies around the world use SAP and yet their worlds aren't falling apart. I wonder if SAP is the issue or us?

Don't get me wrong it is a complicated system but we do ourselves no favours by continuing to ignore how the system works. When we adopted the system we had no idea what an ERP could do and tried to shoehorn it into what we knew which was old stovepiped legacy systems. That a decade+ later (depending on your role) we still have basic issues means we are likely more the problem than not.

DND is rolling over to the more user friendly version in the next five years but unless we change the underlying structure we are still built on a shaky foundation. 

** That said I know the RCAF aspect is a bit more nuanced given the way aircraft are managed and it is definitely not my area of expertise.  I have no doubt given the nature of flight operations there are additional hurdles faced by my RCAF brethren and their operators
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That is terrifying.

Even more terrifying if / when the internet identifies the individual, and forwards the video to his employer.

( Depending, of course, if he has an employer, and who the employer is. )

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Police are now investigating the incident as hate-motivated and have identified a suspect. They are urging him to seek council and turn himself in.
https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/prime-minister-weighs-in-on-video-of-racist-anti-mask-rant-at-toronto-supermarket-1.5019056?cache=piqndqvkh

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The Canadian Military / Re: The Post-pandemic Canadian Armed Forces
« Last post by MJP on Yesterday at 11:35:04 »


I honestly don’t see why some people are against communicating with work though means not provided by work. I can guarantee you that any civilian job will expect you to be responsive on your personal devices....

I see your point and the occasional use of my personal device is not the hill I am going to die on.

In the private sector those same companies that expect pers to use personal devices also provide a benefit for that usage as well. As an anecdotal example I am aware of a security company that has an app that their guards use on their personal phones for check ins and other things related to their job and they reimburses the employees for the usage of their own phones to a certain degree each month. Companies also have no issues signing T2200s for their employees to be able to deduct employment expenses, trying to get the same from DND/CAF next to impossible (although it may change this year given the situation).
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Or use a system that isn’t so painfully complicated and user hostile...
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