DLA begins using new supply system

DLA begins using new supply system

The Defense Logistics Agency last week went live with its $500 million Business Systems Modernization program to improve the Defense Department's supply chain management.

After receiving final approval a week earlier from the Office of the Secretary of Defense to proceed with Release 1, DLA began processing customer orders for a cross section of the agency's product lines. DLA, headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., expects over the next four years to expand products that can be ordered and tracked through BSM.

In August 2000, DLA awarded a five-year, systems integration contract for the project to Accenture LLP of Chicago. DLA is using enterprise resource planning software from SAP America Inc. of Newtown Square, Pa.; advance planning and scheduling software from Manugistics Group Inc. of Rockville, Md.; and Procurement Desktop Defense applications from American Management Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va.

Through the modernization, DLA is replacing two 1960s-era legacy systems that were standing in the way of the agency's need to comply with DOD's Joint Vision 2020, which required that it use the Web to handle transactions.

DLA wanted a system that would let clerks throughout the department make supply queries online, place orders, improve delivery time and give commanders immediate access to stock information. DLA has 28,000 civilian and military employees working at 500 sites in locations in all 50 states and in 28 countries.

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