DLA taps Andersen for modernization
- By George I. Seffers
- Aug 11, 2000
A hot competition to modernize information systems for the Defense Logistics
Agency ended Thursday when the agency tapped Andersen Consulting to provide
up to $389 million in systems integration services for the Business Systems
Modernization (BSM) program.
The competition was a close call between Andersen Consulting, Reston, Va.,
and rival Electronic Data Systems Corp., Plano, Texas, according to sources
close to the process.
The BSM strategy is designed to allow the logistics agency to achieve long-range
business objectives while supporting improved military readiness through
rapid accessibility of information.
The first focus is to replace the agency's primary materiel management systems,
including the Standard Automated Materiel Management System and the Defense
Integrated Subsistence Management System. Other legacy systems will be replaced
The systems will be replaced with an expanded enterprise computing environment
and commercial off-the-shelf software packages. Over several years, the
modernization effort will result in a new agencywide computing architecture
that will enable the agency to improve military readiness by enabling information
to be shared more easily.
"This is a significant milestone for our agency in its plan to achieve the
logistics transformation envisioned by Joint Vision 2020, the joint warfighting
vision for the military services," said Rear Adm. Ray Archer, Defense Logistics
Agency's vice director, in a printed statement. "This effort will provide
us with the necessary leading-edge technology to allow us to focus on our
core business: supply-chain management."
In addition to systems integration services, the contract with Andersen
includes enterprise resource planning and other software license costs,
software maintenance and training.