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Army weighs lifting massive ERP system to the cloud

The Army is making plans to move its web-based enterprise resource planning system to the cloud.

As one of the largest ERP system in the world, the General Funds Enterprise Business System handles many of the Army's financial and accounting functions, from general ledger and accounts payable functions to real property inventory and management.  In fiscal year 2016, GFEBS processed over 80 million transactions, managing some $150 billion in spending by the active Army, the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves.

Currently, the highly customized GFEBS solution includes several core SAP products and services and is hosted on-premise in two Army data centers that run 300 virtual servers, 64 physical x86 servers, 20 Oracle SPARC servers and five physical HANA appliances. Although it usually supports over 34,000 concurrent users in 200 Army installations in over 50 countries, that number can surge to 50,000 during the peak season. The system also has more than 50 external partner systems with more than 170 unique interfaces.

In a recent request for information, the GFEBS Project Management Office outlined its requirements for a cloud solution that can securely host data containing personally identifiable information and classified data up to the Secret level.  The contractor will also be expected to migrate the current GFEBS from its on-premises hosting environment to a cloud hosting environment, including necessary upgrades and re-platforming.

White paper responses are due May 25. Read the full RFI here.

About the Author

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA from West Chester University and an MA in English from the University of Delaware.

Connect with Susan at smiller@gcn.com or @sjaymiller.

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