By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager
The U.S. Department of the Navy has awarded Accenture Federal Services five task orders under an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide information technology support and training for the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Navy ERP is an integrated financial and business management system that manages more than 50 percent of the Navy’s total obligation authority, Vince Vlasho, who leads Accenture’s work with the Navy, recently answered some questions via email.
Can you supply a quick overview of Accenture’s work with the ERP system for the Navy?
Accenture is currently providing operations and maintenance support to the Navy ERP system. This entails overseeing systems operations on a daily basis, and incorporating user-requested enhancements to the system.
How will the new contract deliver more accurate information where needed?
The enhancements we are currently working on are primarily focused on helping the Navy ERP system pass an audit. Making the system auditable will provide more accurate data that Navy decision-makers can have higher confidence in. This will help drive better informed decisions.
What can you say about the integrated financial and business management system aspect?
The Navy ERP system has much tighter integration between the financials and the supply chain elements. This integration helps ensure that fleet needs are met in a more timely and reliable fashion, while improving the visibility of the Navy’s financial status.
What are the other takeaways?
Navy ERP is a key system for the Navy. It manages over 50% of the Navy’s appropriated funds and supports its major systems commands, which are tasked with acquiring the capabilities and services needed by the Fleet.
What’s in the future?
The future of this contract is to focus on implementing changes to the Navy ERP system to make it auditable – in support of DoD’s mandate to be auditable by 2017. Additionally, we will be focused on implementing user-requested enhancements to improve usability and provide even better access to data.