Forces' logistics overhauled

The Ministry of Defence is to develop the biggest asset management system in Europe as a measure to slash its logistics costs.

The Ministry of Defence is to develop the biggest asset management system in Europe as a measure to slash its logistics costs.

Paul Phillips

Working with a consortium of systems integrators, led by IBM Global Services and including KPMG, EDS and Cap Gemini, the first stage of the MoD project alone is worth £20m.

When completed, the system will allow the Ministry to monitor levels of equipment and fuel throughout its supply chain and bring together the logistics operations of the Army, Navy and RAF.

A spokesperson for the MoD said, "At present most of our systems are paper-based together with some standalone systems. The logistics challenge is a large one spanning 88 systems and 40,000 people around the world. The existing systems will be backed up to a store and retrieve paper-based system.

Indus's Passport asset management system will be used as the central software platform and the system will be rolled out in stages over a five-year period around the globe.

Indus was chosen because of its track record in working for large organisations in North America.

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