The Ministry of Defence is to develop the biggest asset management system in Europe as part of its drive to consolidate the spare-parts inventories of the army, navy and RAF.
The MoD has named US-based software firm Indus International as provider of the central software platform for its Defence Stores Management Solution (DSMS) and DRUMM project — Delivering the Requirement for Unit MatÃ©riel Management.
The projects aim to reduce the inventory carrying costs of the armed services and form key parts of the Defence Logistics Organisation’s drive to improve efficiency through IT and e-business initiatives.
The DLO recently said it wants to save 20% over the next five years on its annual £2.5bn spending with suppliers.
DSMS will support efforts to remove overlap and duplication across the services and improve forecasting. DRUMM aims to give the Army unit-level supply management capability, including online logistical support in battlefield conditions.Indus International’s PassPort application will be installed at 58 locations over five years. When fully operational it will have more than 30,000 users, making it the largest system of its kind in Europe. PassPort will be integrated into the DLO’s existing financial and operational software.
The DLO has been testing PassPort since last April, and has run two pilot offices on the system to evaluate its suitability —including its ability to meet security standards. Indus, which has worked with customers including British Energy and Chevron, said the MoD has approved development worth £20m up to October.
In August the ministry pledged to spend £45m over 10 years to put e-business at the heart of its operations.
The Engineer recently revealed (26 January) strong indications that the Government would put more pressure on the DLO and the defence ministry to drive down costs if it wins the next general election.