Case Study: US Army

PoP date: 2005 - 2011

Business Challenge

The U.S. Army, the largest branch of the U.S. armed forces, needed a leading-edge financial management and Real Property Management system to ensure optimal warfighter support in adherence with congressionally mandated governance procedures, such as the CFO Act of 1990 and the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act (FFMIA).

The legacy system to manage the U.S. Army’s finances was inefficient, costly and outmoded. To improve financial accountability, the Army needed to build a new, modernized system designed to standardize and streamline its financial business processes—everything from accounts receivable to cost management to property, plant and equipment inventory management. The Army commands had existing methods and systems to track their inventories. As a result, the U.S. Army did not have a “TRUE SYSTEM of Record” and there was no accurate view of each command’s inventory.


How We Helped

At the US Army, IT Partners (ITP) was an integral part of the Application Development team on the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS). ITP supported the program from the early development of the demo system (2005) throughout multiple release cycles and FOC deployment.

ITP participated in blueprinting sessions as technical Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to ensure the Business Process Reengineering (BPR) suggested by the business team was technically feasible and could be achieved with minimal modification to the core functionality of the ERP System. ITP experienced resources supported the GFEBS solution architecture in leveraging technical best practices when solutioning the system against business requirements. ITP staffed all disciplines including Basis, XI/PI, Development, and Functional resources. This initial team was installed at DFAS initially in 2005 to deliver a demo system out of Indianapolis. After the successful technology demonstration, the Army was ready to build the Release 1.2 solution. This time, located in Herndon, VA, ITP staffed 80% of the development team.

ITP completed the build, test and deployment in October 2008, at eight Army organizations/installations. We continued to staff a majority of the team for the next 6 years as the ARMY rolled out releases 1.3 and 1.4.

As of January 2018, IT Partners is the Incumbent for GFEBS Main O&M.

As the incumbent, ITP worked with the prime to build and facilitate the move to SAFe Agile. Using SAFe, ITP participated in the integration of ACWS and GFEBS, and worked with the VA and Navy to integrate BUMED.

For the Suite on HANA migration to the cloud, ITP assisted the planning of test script creation focusing on DR and HA testing in the cloud. ITP had senior resources on the DEV migration team, on the initial cutover / build of the DEV systems in the AWS Cloud.

ITP resources assisted in the data migration, regression testing, and stabilization of the move of production GFEBS to AWS Cloud on 7/4/20.


Project Goals

  • Give the Army a new core financial management system for administering its General Fund to improve performance, standardize processes and ensure it can meet future needs of supporting DoD with accurate, reliable and timely financial information, in peacetime and in war.
  • 79,000End Users Supported
  • 47External Partner Systems
  • 80Legacy Systems Retired

The Results

The solution provided enhancements to transaction processing, depreciation, real property, time tracking and payroll processing to the 40 existing interfaces and added 10 new interfaces. Continuing toward full operational capability, the Army released version 1.4 of GFEBS in October 2009.

The 10‐year SAP program, launched in July 2005, provides access to real‐time, accurate data and a broad array of information, Army leaders and managers can make more informed business decisions, leverage current resources and plan for the future. At the same time, provide improved accountability to the Department of Defense, Congress and, ultimately, taxpayer.

As of January 2018, IT Partners is the Incumbent for GFEBS Main O&M

IT Partners represents the next wave of dynamic SAP Consultants. We have worked with them since 2000 and have consistently been impressed with the level of talent they deliver.
Project Manager, US Army

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