The new Defense Travel System scheduled for implementation at the SAOs next year is a prime example of a system that would benefit the SAOs if it could connect to the SAARMS.
In summary, SAARMS is a stand-alone database program with certain inherent limitations caused by lack of full interoperability with all units involved in the budget process.
A web-based database has potential to expand the capability and effectiveness of SAARMS.
A web-based SAARMS would alleviate the need for users to upload feeder data and backup files through the ISAARMS system.
The existing SAARMS program requires each country to upload their data via the ISAARMS and the reviewing activity must download the data for each country to be analyzed.
SAARMS is also very limited in its ability to utilize available databases on the internet.
When data is entered into the web-based SAARMS system, from whatever office or location, it can be instantly disseminated to all relevant accounts and ledgers, without the need for further human intervention.
A web-based SAARMS system would allow linking to web pages that provide regulatory guidance, research, and checklists.
As an example, web-based SAARMS could provide a link to the Defense Travel System (DTS) which is the new paperless travel system that allows the traveler to coordinate and arrange temporary duty (business) travel quicker and easier.
A web-based SAARMS system could be programmed to report and backup these transactions as they occur.
A web-based SAARMS eases and speeds up the fielding of software updates.
Because web-based SAARMS online accounting system would be a web-shared service, users simply "plug in and go," almost as easily as users would plug into a communications network or electric power grid.