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The life cycle of each FBMS deployment consisted of four key phases. Bureau input during each phase was critical to the success of the project. Therefore bureau personnel were required to participate in all four phases in the year(s) leading up to receipt of FBMS functionality:

Business Blueprint Phase: The DOI business process requirements are identified and a Business Blueprint document that defines how DOI intends to run its business within the SAP system is developed. Additional activities that occur during this phase include the finalization of the detailed project scope, refinement of the requirements of Reports, Interfaces, Conversions, Enhancements and Forms (RICEF), documentation of the process changes for end users, and establishment of the technical system environment.

Realization Phase: The FBMS system, including RICEF elements is built based on the business process requirements identified in the Business Blueprint Phase, organizational impacts are identified and communicated, and system integration testing occurs.

Final Preparation: The activities that occur during this phase include data conversion from existing systems over to FBMS, final system testing, end user training, and establishment of a Help Desk. The activities that take place during Final Preparation lead up to the determination of final technical and organizational readiness of the system for go-live.

Go-live and Support: During this phase DOI will transition to the system, go-live, and conduct business using the new functionality. End user training continues and post-go live support is provided. Evaluation and monitoring of system transactions also takes place to ensure optimal system performance.