German armed forces deploy SAP

Business software applications developed by SAP benefit not only enterprises but also an increasing number of armed forces around...

Business software applications developed by SAP benefit not only enterprises but also an increasing number of armed forces around the globe.

The supplier has implemented software from the group's Defense & Security suite of applications for the German Bundeswehr, which includes the country's armed forces and administration.

SAP technology is at the core of the Bundeswehr's software application modernisation initiative, which is aimed at a comprehensive integration of core administrative and logistics processes, including supply chain management, to support domestic and deployed operations, the German software company said. The deployment involves decentralized ERP systems and a new mobile application.

SAP and the Bundeswehr developed jointly the mobile application, SAP Mobile Infrastructure, over the past two years, according to company spokesman Markus Berner.

"This is the first roll-out," Berner said. "The application will be integrated into our Defense & Security product suite."

The Mobile Infrastructure application enables commanding officers in the field to initiate and execute combat service support.

If a military vehicle breaks down, for example, and the commanding officer calls for service, the responding technician is equipped with a notebook and can assess the problem, specify the required repairs, locate the nearest command centre and order the necessary parts. When the vehicle arrives at the post, it can be repaired and returned to the field operations as quickly as possible.

SAP is delivering technology to armed forces in more than a dozen Nato (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) countries, including the US.

The company's Defense & Security product family, which is tailored to meet the specific demands of military and security organisations, is based on mySAP Business Suite applications.

John Blau writes for IDG News Service

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