The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a deal for an HR administration system that is set to save the organisation £600m over 10 years.
The deal, with business solutions provider EDS, will see the implementation of a Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system for the Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency.
The system will be rolled out across the RAF, Royal Navy and Army in turn between 2006 and 2007. The aim is to modernise and harmonise the multiple standalone systems that are currently being used.
JPA represents a key element of the MoD’s Defence Change Programme and, as a flagship project, is being cited as a benchmark for future relationships between the Government and the IT supplier community.
Lieutenant General Anthony Palmer, deputy chief of defence staff (personnel), said: “Today we are taking a major step towards modernising the way in which we deliver pay and personnel services to the Armed Forces. We look forward to continuing the successful working relationship which has been developed with EDS over the past few years.”