State finance officials are marking the demise of a longtime computer system known as the Minnesota Accounting and Procurement System (MAPS).
Minnesota Management and Budget is switching its accounting and purchasing functions to a new system, known as the Statewide Integrated Financial Tools, or SWIFT. MMB said goodbye to MAPS today in this obituary-style news release:
Obituary - Minnesota Accounting and Procurement System (MAPS)
April 5, 1995 - August 18, 2011 Age 16, of Saint Paul, MN
St. Paul-Following a long and productive life, the Minnesota Accounting and Procurement System (affectionately known as MAPS) was quietly laid to rest on August 18th, 2011. As a long time public servant, MAPS was surrounded by supportive state employees and passed away peacefully. Born in 1995, MAPS was a life-long resident of Saint Paul who was a key player in Minnesota's accounting and procurement activities for agencies, public programs, and state employees for almost two decades.
During the course of its life, MAPS issued over 5.8 million purchase orders, almost 2 million invoices, and almost 10 million warrants. Additionally, MAPS processed over 4.89 million procurement orders and issued over 23,000 procurement solicitations. Upon it's passing, MAPS worked for 2,500 state users who conducted business with approximately 312,000 vendors.
MAPS was preceded in death by SWA (Statewide Accounting System) and is survived by SWIFT (State Wide Integrated Financial Tools) who was born on July 1st, 2011.
Memorial services are pending. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the State of Minnesota, Treasury Department, 400 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, Saint Paul, MN 55155.
Do not cry for me Minnesota - said MAPS before it passed. Cry instead for the monster child that is replacing me, and for those who have adopted her.
This MAPS Obituary piece is disturbing. In its attempt to be clever, it trivializes the traditions surrounding death. It was insensitive to all who have memorialized and parted with a loved one, especially those who recently or presently experienced a death.
The photograph that accompanied the piece appears to have been taken at a cemetery. The name was clumsily photo edited off the headstone. This suggests that someone was aware it was was questionable to appropriate our cultural customs and symbols surrounding death in this manner. Sadly, the author (or an editor) didn’t examine that insight further.