Not many firms could be keen to stroll right into a home haunted by one of many world’s greatest ERP disasters, however Accenture is completely happy to offer it a go for a thick wodge of bucks.
The worldwide consultancy and outsourcing outfit has been awarded an $89.5m five-year contract to construct a brand new cloud-based frequent infrastructure for the US Air Power’s enterprise useful resource planning (ERP) methods.
Seemingly unaware that he’s straying into the abode as soon as inhabited by an Oracle-based ERP mission which between 2004 and 2010 might have wasted $5.2 billion and by no means actually labored, Vince Vlasho, chief of Accenture Federal Providers’ Protection Sector portfolio, appeared completely happy on the information.
“We are going to leverage our important expertise migrating ERP methods to the cloud to assist the Air Power obtain better worth,” he stated in a pre-canned statement.
Accenture was, he insisted, “excited to work with the Air Power to ship new capabilities within the cloud” and searching ahead to “future adoption of synthetic intelligence and different superior applied sciences”.
The corporate stated it has had “expertise with advanced ERP methods integration”, such because the Air Power Protection Enterprise Accounting and Administration System programme and a brand new personnel payroll system.
Susan Lawrence, deputy director of Accenture Federal Providers’ Protection Sector portfolio stated the contract would “modernize Air Power enterprise practices and supply enhanced assist for at the moment’s service members and their households”, suggesting, maybe the Air Power was in search of new purposes in addition to infrastructure.
Neither Accenture or US Air Power has answered The Register’s request for extra element.
In accordance with a report by the Centre for Public Impression, Air Power personnel reverted to utilizing legacy methods that the Expeditionary Fight Help System (ECSS) programme was supposed to exchange earlier than it was lastly cancelled in 2012.
The Air Power stated it was nonetheless unable to substantiate what number of legacy methods would have been phased out by implementing ECSS, the joint Orace/CSC system on the centre of the pressure’s ERP fiasco.
The Authorities Accountability Workplace (GAO) present in 2010 that the estimated value of the ECSS as had elevated from $3.zero billion in 2008 to $5.2 billion.
In 2014, the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation discovered the mission violated many essential tips and greatest practices for info expertise acquisition.
“[The Airforce] lacked a transparent goal and the organisational will to implement modifications to its inner enterprise processes very important to integrating ECSS into the organisation,” it stated.
But who’s to say Accenture won’t succeed the place others have failed?