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JPA COMPUTER SYSTEM - OUCH!

Am probably going to fan the flames here but...

...the company I have the misfortune of working for is involved in this and is quite a key player under the prime contractor.

Incidentally we were also involved in a certain space mission to Mars. Anyone remember Beagle II?? Well the landing software was written by us.

(I wanna add that I'm not working on this myself otherwise I would be able to perhaps give a more optimistic outlook)
 
The latest fun fun JPA issue is that on the outside of our shiny new pay statements, there will be no room for rank, service no or place of work, so all payslips will arrive at the mail office addressed to (for example):

G Snodgrass
HMS COLLINGWOOD
Etc etc.

Not too much of a problem in a MCMV, but in a CVS or (bloody hell) a shore establishment, there's no way to distinguish between people of similar names, let alone whether the pay statement should be delivered to the Wardroom, SRs mess etc. And under Tony Blair's first ever piece of legislation (the Data Protection Act) no-one is allowed to look people up on the system to find out where they work.

So in answer to the "what are the writers going to do now" question - the answer is spend 4 and a half weeks working out which pay statement goes where before the next avalanche! Why can't they just send it to the registered home address (like civvie companies do) anyway?

Combined with this, all current service numbers are being replaced apparently with "assignment numbers" which do not allow someone's gender, or officer/rating-OR status to be worked out, which will be fun at the mess allocation stage of a new joiner (remember when the "W" was removed from female rates because the service number told whether a sailor was female or not).

I'd just LOVE to know why some of the posters on this thread think it is going to work. Frankly, I'll bet a three figure sum to anyone that it'll will be an absolute disaster. Where are the briefing presentations? Where are the posters? Where are the leaflets? No one (literally!) wanted a copy of wanky Broadsheet plus even wankier DVD sent to them, but everyone in the mob got one anyway. I DO however want a brief guide to the system that will pay me for the rest of my career and how to bloody use it though...
 
geoffrey said:
The latest fun fun JPA issue is that on the outside of our shiny new pay statements, there will be no room for rank, service no or place of work, so all payslips will arrive at the mail office addressed to (for example):

G Snodgrass
HMS COLLINGWOOD
Etc etc.

Not too much of a problem in a MCMV, but in a CVS or (bloody hell) a shore establishment, there's no way to distinguish between people of similar names, let alone whether the pay statement should be delivered to the Wardroom, SRs mess etc. And under Tony Blair's first ever piece of legislation (the Data Protection Act) no-one is allowed to look people up on the system to find out where they work.

So in answer to the "what are the writers going to do now" question - the answer is spend 4 and a half weeks working out which pay statement goes where before the next avalanche! Why can't they just send it to the registered home address (like civvie companies do) anyway?

Combined with this, all current service numbers are being replaced apparently with "assignment numbers" which do not allow someone's gender, or officer/rating-OR status to be worked out, which will be fun at the mess allocation stage of a new joiner (remember when the "W" was removed from female rates because the service number told whether a sailor was female or not).

I'd just LOVE to know why some of the posters on this thread think it is going to work. Frankly, I'll bet a three figure sum to anyone that it'll will be an absolute disaster. Where are the briefing presentations? Where are the posters? Where are the leaflets? No one (literally!) wanted a copy of wanky Broadsheet plus even wankier DVD sent to them, but everyone in the mob got one anyway. I DO however want a brief guide to the system that will pay me for the rest of my career and how to bloody use it though...

Bring back the RNR postal branch - we've just found a use for them!
 
I have complete confidence as I am due to do a whole 50mins of training next week on JPA. This, I am sure you will agree, should set my mind at rest and allow me to run my pay account with the ease the UPO manages.

Of course every cloud has a silver lining and the jump in money from LSSB to the new LSA(thingmebob) rates is nice. If at sea.

Last few months have been putting a little aside to tide me over for the mess that will come in Oct. How sensible am I.
 

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