Raj Iyer, chief information officer of the U.S. Army, said the service intends to spend $1.4 billion by fiscal year 2023 on the modernization of its enterprise resource planning systems used to manage its financial, logistics, human resources and training activities, Breaking Defense reported Friday.
He told reporters during a briefing Thursday the military branch will award multiple other transaction authority agreements that will run between 12 and 18 months to build prototypes for enterprise business systems and then award a production contract following the downselection process.
“Some of the things that we will be looking for as part of … this prototype is to look at how modular the architecture is, again, to make sure that is future-proofed,” said Iyer, a 2022 Wash100 Award winner.
“We’ll be looking at the ability to support data exchange through APIs and micro-services … We’ll be looking at the system being cloud native from the get-go and making sure that we can fully benefit from a future modern architecture … We’ll be looking at how flexible the solution will be in terms of its ability to implement Army-unique processes where we have them without the need to customize commercial-off-the-shelf products,” he added.
Iyer also discussed how the Army will spend its FY 2023 budget request of $16.6 billion for information technology and cybersecurity.
Iyer will headline GovCon Wire Events’ 2nd Annual Army IT and Digital Transformation Forum on Wednesday, June 15. Join this forum to hear from military, government and industry leaders on how the Army pursues innovation and advances digital technology adoption to help the force fight and win the battles of tomorrow.