After ASMC Executive Director, Mr. Al Runnels, exclaimed "Welcome back Navy!" to PDI 2017 participants, he brought thoughts to mind of "what did we all miss the last several years?" San Diego hosted the 2017 ASMC Professional Development Institute (PDI) from 30 May through 3 June. San Diego, the home of Naval Surface Forces, Pacific and Naval Air Forces, Pacific, opened its arms with "June Gloom" to begin, but ended with sunny days on Friday and Saturday.
I will summarize some of the tangible and intangible benefits of my PDI training, which will count toward the required 80 Continuing Education and Training (CET) hours I need before 31 December 2017 to maintain my FM certification.
I traveled on Monday to take advantage of the Tuesday training. Tuesday's sessions included Microsoft EXCEL Tips and Tricks, Microsoft Business Intelligence Tool--Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View and Power Map, and DOD FM Certification User Training. Some people might think it would be a waste of time since we all use EXCEL in our day to day business. But au contraire, some of the one-key or reduced key stroke functions opened my eyes wider to different icons and available functions to perform financial management data analysis. Fast forwarding to my return, I tried some of them only to discover that my command is on MICROSOFT OFFICE 2010.1 can only anxiously wait for either the 2013, 2016 or 365 version to make these advanced functionalities available. Just one example is creating a simple training video (in a MP4 format) on the fly that includes the screen shots and your own audio to explain the procedures to follow. We are currently scheduled for Microsoft Office 2013 in January 2018. The Microsoft EXCEL sessions earned me 4.5 CET hours. Cool stuff!
My Wednesday started with a Service Day General Session, and then updates on "Standard Accounting and Reporting System (STARS) to Standard Accounting, Budgeting, and Reporting System (SABRS) Conversion," "IT Controls," "Navy/DFAS Partnership," and "Beginning Balance Efforts Roundtables." I quickly re-engaged with other DFAS and Navy colleagues I have met and worked with over the years. I maintained the conversations and the relationships to know whom to count on and whom to expect the call from for solving non-routine issues. Completing Ms. Karen Fenstermacher's (Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Operations), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller))...