Navair, SAP deal covers enterprise

DOD's Enterprise Software Initiative

The Naval Air Systems Command signed an agreement Wednesday with SAP Public Services that will give nearly every Navair employee access to the command's enterprise systems.

The agreement will enable 33,000 users at Navair to use the company's mySAP systems for financial management, supply chain management, procurement and customer relationship management.

The agreement, which was conducted under a Defense Department blanket purchase agreement using the General Services Administration's schedule contracts, will reduce software licensing costs by enabling Navair to negotiate as a whole command rather than as individual units.

Kathy Steele, Navair's deputy chief information officer, said that such enterprise software initiatives enable DOD to combine buying power, thereby reducing costs.

"The enterprise license will cover every employee that works for the Navair," Steele said.

The command will begin replacing its legacy systems with SAP products, said Dennis Distler, Navair's program director for enterprise solutions.

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Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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