Original Date: 01/26/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2003
Best Practice : Adaptation of Monarch for Depot Use
With the ever increasing time and money spent generating paper reports, Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) saw a need to improve Depot effectiveness. To that end, a commercial-off-the-shelf software package, Monarch for Windows, was purchased from Datawatch Corporation which enabled CCAD to electronically store and retrieve listings from its file server.
Daily inputs are electronically sent to CCAD’s Mega Center mainframe in Huntsville, Alabama where processing occurs. The following morning, the reports are ready for viewing by the user. Monarch looks at the listings electronically and automatically performs a compression of the file for increased speed in bringing it up. Monarch has the capability to filter, sort, and perform calculations. The software can export the report to MS Excel, MS Access, FoxPro, Freelance or Paradox. Monarch has the capability to perform searches, extract information from specific fields, move fields, and sort specific information in the order requested.
Monarch has been in use at CCAD since 1995. The software package was initially purchased for less than $400, and the Depot has more than recouped its investment over the years. It is estimated that in 1997, $75,000 to $80,000 was saved in printing costs with the use of Monarch. CCAD also saved money by reducing the time it takes to reconcile listings. The software is easy to use, it is inexpensive, and it works.
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