Friday, July 30, 2004

Uncle Sam wants SAP

Never one to shy away from a mission-critical project, SAP has announced that the U.S. Army is implementing SAP supply chain applications worldwide. The offering, dubbed SAP for Defense & Security, will replace 13 existing systems that the Army custom-developed in the 1960s and 1970s.

Although the SAP deal appears to have been in the works prior to the recent Iraq war, the Army no doubt elevated the priority of the implementation because of serious problems in resupplying material during the invasion.

According to project leader Lt. Col. Forrest Burke, the implementation will take 2-3 years to complete. It is "on an order of magnitude more complex than most companies' installations of SAP," he said.

Computerworld has details on logistics problems during the Iraq invasion, as well as a summary of the Army's SAP project.

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