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ERP implementation insights for Defense

ERP implementation insights for Defense

Insights on the application of ERP technologies within Defense organizations including the related opportunities and challenges, transformation...

Insights on the application of ERP technologies within Defense organizations.

In environments of fiscal austerity, defense organizations are looking for innovative solutions to help realize efficiencies while maintaining credible and appropriate capability. From equipment pooling and sharing to alternate service delivery models, organizations are  discovering better ways to deploy back-office resources and understand the true costs of delivering capability.

For many defense organizations, technology change is a key factor in making data management more effective, including information sharing, storage and security. Enhanced data management can provide a more efficient means for accessing, assessing and using information both domestically and abroad.  

Mature defense organizations understand the value that Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems provide when it comes to supporting innovation and evolution.  As defense organizations have evolved, so have ERP systems, providing better data access, integration and analytics capabilities than ever before. 

As the public demands more accountability and transparency in the management of public funds, defense organizations should embrace the evolution of ERP technologies that can help them operate more efficiently and extract performance from all aspects of their operations. 

Supporting Change within Defense Organizations

Given the speed of technology change, developing and managing ERP implementations can be a complex undertaking for defense organizations. Numerous options, technologies and innovations (e.g. cloud, mobile access), combined with unique demands and sector-specific requirements makes finding the right path difficult for defense organizations. 

This is where the experience of other defense organizations can help. By leveraging the lessons learned from other organizations that have investigated and implemented ERP solutions, defense organizations can ensure their ERP activities are well-defined and able to fully support their unique objectives and highly critical organizational mandate.

Driving Value from ERP Systems

As part of our efforts to understand and share perspectives on the ERP-related issues affecting defense units most, KPMG’s Global Defense Network recently reached out to a number of representatives from across the Five Eyes community to learn more about their perceptions of the current state of affairs with the application of ERP systems.  During 2013 and 2014, we met with senior IT personnel from Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand and the UK to gain their insights on the application of ERP technologies within their respective organizations, the related opportunities and challenges, transformation requirements and their ability to embrace change. 

This microsite shares key highlights of our discussions. Our hope is that these findings spark some ideas on how defense organizations can get the most out of their ERP systems. 

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