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Friday, August 17, 2007

DOD works communication issues for transformation

Communications among people, not technology, is the key to the successful transformation of Defense Department’s business systems.

“The challenge is that we have multiple systems being developed in parallel,” said Prashant Gaur, director of enterprise integration at the Defense Business Transformation Agency (BTA) at a breakfast event sponsored by Federal Sources. “How do we move them together?”

The integration of financial and logistics systems is a major goal of DOD business transformation, Gaur said, as is the consolidation and rationalization of redundant financial, logistics and human resources systems.

“The Enterprise Services Group is where it all comes together,” he added. “Communications is the key.”

Gaur said DOD’s technology model is moving toward a service-oriented architecture characterized by loosely coupled and reusable application components.

But, he added, “having lived through [enterprise resource planning] and business intelligence implementations, the issues and challenges that make these things successful remain the same: governance and data standards. Without them, you can have the best technology but it will not work. You can’t have shared services without the systems understanding the same language.”

-Peter Buxbaum, FCW.com

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