You’ve heard the expression “An army marches on its stomach?” It means that a successful military campaign relies on well-provisioned soldiers.
If their logistics let them down they could end up with no food, weapons or even vital technology in the field. Today, a well-provisioned army relies on apps to manage its logistics; which is why the British Army recruited Software AG to support its readiness objectives.
Clive Freedman, Head of UK Public Sector and Alliances for Software AG, said: “We tend not to associate the armed forces with apps, but they are just like other large organizations in the information challenges they face.”
The British Army has deployed Software AG’s webMethods API Platform for better visibility and management of men and materiel; Software AG will improve the way it shares the critical information needed to prepare its forces for operations.
Like many organizations, the Army is saddled with a number of overlapping legacy technologies, with information siloed in many different systems and databases and contracted to system integrators. This can lead to long delays in gaining access to data and making changes to application functionality.
The British Army has been on a journey to break down large, monolithic, internally developed applications into loosely coupled services designed to be externalized. It required an API Management platform to enable governance, monitoring, securing and support of the APIs. The Army also required a technical solution to be able to integrate with large defense applications to expose reference data and services.
Software AG was chosen to spearhead the Army’s digital transformation strategy and create an API management platform that would securely connect systems and data and enable integration with legacy systems. The Army’s strategy is based around two key technologies: Software AG’s webMethods integration platform and CentraSite, the API catalogue and services registry.
Lt Col Dorian Seabrook, Head of Operations at Army Software House, said: “Without edffective data and services, it’s very difficult for planners to understand our forces’ state of readiness, or to create much-needed services for our soldiers; this is where the Software AG API suite is adding real value.”
In just three months, Software AG delivered a platform which enables the Army to break down information silos and share information quickly, effectively and, most importantly, securely. With these capabilities, the Army can enable a range of services across boundaries, drawing information from numerous systems to support a range of functions from HR, equipment availability, operational readiness and payment of Army Reserves.
Like many public-sector organizations, budget cuts mean that the Armed Forces are being asked to do more with less. We are thrilled that the British Army has looked to us to help it improve its understanding of the readiness of its troops and equipment before any deployment - helping to save millions of pounds. The British Army can now truly march on its apps.