Sapphire 2001: Department of Defense fortifies itself with mySAP

ORLANDO -- At Sapphire 2001 here, SAP Public Services Inc. announced the latest ship to sail with the mySAP.com

e-business platform.

The U.S. Department of Defense has contracted to buy extra licenses of mySAP.com as part of its enterprise software initiative.

The DoD plans to launch with 33,000 users in the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). As an upgrade to the current systems, NAVAIR will be able to use mySAP Supply Chain Management (SCM) and mySAP Customer Relationship Management (CRM), two of the five pillars of successful e-business that SAP outlined at Sapphire.

"The public sector is unique," said Tom Shirk, president of SAP Public Services. MySAP will replace an older legacy system that NAVAIR had been using.

After the agreement is finalized, all DoD agencies will be able to use the full mySAP software suite, including SCM, CRM, e-procurement and enterprise portals, Shirk said. The DoD has no additional plans to purchase SAP software.

Two representatives from the DoD were present at Sapphire to sign the agreement.

The applications will increase NAVAIR's purchasing power and reduce software licensing costs by negotiating as a single organization, rather than individual units such as the Army and Navy, according to SAP.

The purchase was developed between the DoD and SAP Public Services after a NAVAIR pilot with KPMG Consulting LLC to install SAP software was completed successfully. The pilot was part of a project to study the program management function of the Navy.

NAVAIR finished the pilot in April 2001 after launching SAP's financial management, acquisition, asset tracking and human resources tools.

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