Extensible Markup Language (XML)

DLMS XML Available Now

Defense Logistics Management Standards Office has provided XML support since September 9, 2003. XML is a simple and flexible information exchange format that is well suited to support web-enabled business applications. XML is playing an increasingly important role in the exchange of a wide variety of data within the Department of Defense (DoD). Defense Logistics Management Standards Office has developed XML schemas for the full range of DLMS Implementation Conventions. Our XML schemas are W3C compliant and created using the EDIFECS SpecBuilder tool. This is to ensure our XML schemas equate to the DLMS ANSI ASC X12 IC/Supplements, which can be accessed from our DLMS Implementation Convention page (DoD Common Access Card (CAC) or Enterprise Certificate Authority (ECA) certificate subscribed to by DLA is required to access the schemas.) Translation and backward compatibility is handled by the DLA Tranbsaction Services. The DoD Components are pushing forward to ensure 100% DLMS compliance to support OSD initiatives such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Item Unique Identification (IUID). DLA Transaction Services has developed the maps necessary to translate Military Standard (MILS)/Defense Logistics Standard Systems (DLSS) to DLMS X12 (EDI) / DLMS XML or to translate DLMS EDI/XML to MILS/DLSS.

DLMS and Business Transformation

The DLMS XML capitalizes on the existing data standards and maintains interoperability with legacy systems but DLMS compliance is necessary to support RFID and IUID and is a requirement of the Investment Review Board (IRB). The IRB requires DLMS compliance before any system will pass certification by the IRB. DLMSO is working with the Service's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to ensure compliance and a smooth implementation. As of September 2012, over 57% of Logistics Supply transactions are processing using DLMS. When you include SDR and Transportation transactions, the number jumps to 72% of all DLA Transaction Services transactions are using DLMS. While the long-range plan calls for the complete replacement of the Defense Logistics Supply Systems (DLSS) transaction processing (formerly called MILS), both DLMS and MILS formats are currently supported by DLA Transaction Services. More information about DLMS can be found in the DLMS training slides.

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