Infotech Lead America: Accenture has deployed the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) for the U.S. Army.
Accenture claims that the U.S. Army can achieve auditability while streamlining business processes at 227 Army bases and offices in 71 countries, including the United States, Kuwait, Germany and South Korea.
The Accenture solution will enable the Army to have a single source for financial, real property, cost management and performance data, as well as a core system of record for the Army General Fund.
With more than 52,000 system users, GFEBS now processes more than 1 million transactions a day for the Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve.
GFEBS, the first enterprise resource planning (ERP) system in the U.S. Department of Defense, will replace 107 Army legacy accounting, financial and asset management systems and integrate 50 additional systems. Twenty legacy systems have been retired to date.
“Our defense clients are facing tremendous financial and budgetary pressures. GFEBS is helping the Army realize cost savings while increasing efficiencies,” said John Goodman, who leads Accenture’s defense and intelligence agency business.
GFEBS is helping the Army standardize and streamline its financial business processes, providing continuous access to accurate, reliable and timely financial information. Leveraging GFEBS, managers can make informed decisions with the ability to direct the cost, schedule and performance of programs through one, integrated, highly visible system.
System users now have data and information they were unable to capture before GFEBS. The system can allocate or assign costs, produce full cost data, relate costs to outcomes and performance and enable cost planning and cost control. GFEBS provides visibility of transactions in real time and in the aggregate to better leverage resources and inform program and budget decisions.
Accenture led nearly 4,000 in-person training sessions to help Army military and civilian personnel understand and navigate the new system, creating specialized training for overseas installations, National Guard and active-duty Army units. Accenture also mans a help desk for system users, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.