Defence is continuing to overhaul its ICT systems under the Defence Strategic Reform Program, with the announcement that it will implement a Garrison and Estate Management System (GEMS) by December 2012.
GEMS, an expansion of the current Defence SAP Systems ROMAN and BORIS, has been identified as a critical enabler for the building maintenance and garrison services elements of the Non-Equipment Procurement stream of the Defence Strategic Reform Program (SRP).
“Achieving the GEMS deliverables as scheduled is very important so as not to delay the SRP reforms and savings,” Defence documents read.
In an industry briefing Martin Bowles, deputy secretary Defence Support, said GEMS was one of the highest systems priorities for Defence Support and would replace a number of out-dated, loosely connected and unconnected systems.
With the GEMS, which will be funded under the non-equipment procurement stream of the SRP, Defence hopes it will gain a repository of quantitative and qualitative information and data on the Defence Estate and Garrison Services and facilitate the exchange of electronic information between Defence and Defence contractors.
GEMS will also act as a business intelligence and analytical tool drawing on quantitative and qualitative data to inform strategic planning, performance management and other estate and garrison support functions provided to a wide audience using statistical, graphical, visual, spatial and any other appropriate tools.
Additionally, the system will form a component of the Defence Enterprise Resource Planning environment and be supported in the Defence Infrastructure Environment Standard Operating Environment.
The Defence Estate includes about 370 Defence-owned sites, 70 major Defence bases, three million hectares of land, 25,000 built structures, $1.2b capital and maintenance works per year and 400m per year in Garrison Support Services costs.