Maxwell Air Force Base – Gunter Annex, Alabama — A4’s Enhanced Technical Information Management System (ETIMS) iOS app will be launched via the Business and Enterprise Systems Product Innovation (BESPIN) team’s continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline on October 25, 2022. successfully delivered to CloudOne. With this app, Air Force technicians can do their jobs better, safer, faster and more efficiently.
The ETIMS app acts as a database for Electronic Technical Orders (TO). TOs are military orders that provide step-by-step instructions that Air Force personnel must follow for the operation and maintenance of Air Force systems and equipment. TO ensures sortie production rate, weapon system and mission reliability, and airman safety.
When the ETIMS team integrated into BESPIN’s ecosystem in April, they brought in their own developers to leverage BESPIN’s resources such as security teams, Continuous Operations Authority (cATO), and CI/CD pipelines. Did.
BESPIN’s cATO and CI/CD pipelines ensure fast and secure delivery to numerous software environments. The DevSecOps process is designed to leverage pipeline automation and streamline delivery to Cloud One, shortening the security approval process from traditional six months or more to just a few days.
Throughout the development process, BESPIN’s security team worked with the ETIMS team to assess security requirements and complete security checks with the aim of reducing delivery effort while managing risk.
In the past, large warehouses held many copies of paper TOs, each with hundreds of pages. The TO ordering process was error-prone and it took too long to receive the TO, raising serious safety and maintenance concerns.
Communicating significant safety-affecting changes from maintainers took an average of 209 days to process and more than two months to distribute new or updated TOs. Addressing these deficiencies in TO management was essential to reduce delivery time and improve readiness.
“The Windows version of ETIMS was developed and introduced in 2008, but the advent of iOS devices such as the iPad created the need for a separate version of the application,” says Greg, Technical Data Requirements Lead for the ETIMS team. Zelinsky said.
ETIMS supports approximately 178,000 users at over 300 sites worldwide. It also supports approximately 60,000 eTOs, 30,000 eTools, 14,000 paper TOs, and over 13,000 TO Libraries across the Air Force Enterprise.