Defense, NAVAIR sign up with

Defense, NAVAIR sign up with

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

JUNE 14—The Defense Department yesterday announced a blanket purchasing agreement with SAP Public Sector and Education Inc. of Washington for use of the platform.

The Naval Air Systems Command also signed a 33,000-seat enterprise licensing deal to use for financial management, human resources, procurement and other tasks. All NAVAIR employees and contractors will have access to the SAP application, said Kathy Steele, the command's deputy chief information officer for technology planning.

Navy officials started four pilots two years ago, said Dennis Distler, program manager for the NAVAIR enterprise solutions program office. A related SAP pilot in the Space and Warfare Systems Command is about to go live, he said.

NAVAIR's system will use Version 4.6 of, which received Joint Financial Management Improvement Program certification last month, SAP Public Sector president Thomas G. Shirk said.

SAP and DOD officials made the announcement at the company's user conference in Orlando, Fla.


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