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Business Modernisation for Support (BMfS) is an ambitious digital transformation programme that seeks to develop and implement common business processes and support services throughout the Defence Support enterprise. A critical aspect underpinning this digital change programme is the urgency to modernise the support business through more effective use of data.

Translating data into actionable intelligence

Today, within Defence, military and intelligence organisations are faced with multiple, fragmented and unintegrated data sources which result in ineffective decision making. Also, the exponential growth in both the volume and complexity of operational data is making it harder than ever to generate accurate logistics information and inform evidence-based decision making.

Huge volumes and varieties of data are available for analysis. But knowing what sources to interrogate and how to process the data quickly and accurately, is a critical challenge for military decision-makers.

The transformation demanded by the BMfS programme will not be achieved by a ‘simple’ replacement of current legacy systems. What is required is the design of appropriate services to support standardised, focussed processes. So how will this be delivered?

Harnessing data to deliver near real-time intelligence with Military context

The move to real-time – or perhaps ‘at the Speed of Relevance’ – evidence-based decision making is critical, both to reduce waste in the system and improve equipment and inventory availability. But we must also recognise the need for an element of ‘just-in-case’ buffer stock – which has been starkly highlighted by the wide-reaching impact and effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Yet Military support chains are complex. Achieving a single, trusted view of your available assets is a huge challenge, given the complexities involved. Delivering comprehensive and effective end-to-end visibility depends on the timeliness and quality of data. It also relies upon how this data is appropriately shared between stakeholders, with unambiguous performance measurement and diagnostics.

Co-creation delivers compelling innovation

In the digital age, it’s critical for organisations seeking an information advantage to effectively exploit innovation and advances in IT and technology. This is especially pertinent in military operations where the fast-paced nature and unique landscape relies on IT to be an enabler.

We refer to this as a co-creation strategy, and it’s helping Fujitsu Defence to realise compelling innovation, enabling it to develop and deliver a full spectrum of capabilities that brings about real information advantage for our customers.

So, to achieve the BMfS transformation and the necessary change management of this scale, it is clear that one company does not have all the answers. An agile co-creation strategy, working together with industry-leading partners for best effect, seeking the provision of game changing digital innovation will drive the efficiencies required. And this must all be part of a fully integrated service – transitioning away from legacy stove-piped systems and contracts at the optimum time.

Delivering a Digital Transformation Partnership

To deliver this, a commercial construct needs to be adopted where the most appropriate, best-of-breed technologies are identified and implemented into a technical architecture that will enable optimum flexibility. The resulting Digital Partnership with the MOD will need to manage this approach carefully, creating and maintaining positive, incentivised structures within the team that cascade down to the ever-changing ecosystem of digital providers.

To move to this future state and architecture we must utilise the current investment in foundational services, building on the existing network and infrastructure which underpins the MOD’s digital backbone, for which Fujitsu provides significant current capability.

Our GlobeRanger AIT asset tracking solutions enable automated, near real-time data capture ensuring error-free data that can be shared with stakeholder systems right across the military support chain.  Providing access to accurate, reliable information for users through a common portal will then become a reality and will massively enable effective, agile analytics using tools and techniques such as the Fujitsu Digital Annealer and High Power Computing capability.

Using these AI and advanced analytics technologies will deliver the insight required to translate these huge volumes of data into actionable intelligence, enabling your support advantage. Such capability will provide an environment where decisions are made with confidence, supported by accurate trusted data, to enable multi-function and multi-domain integration.

Why choose Fujitsu as your Defence technology partner?

We have been working with the MOD, Government Departments and intelligence communities for over 50 years, co-creating new technologies and capabilities. During this time, we have built long-lasting, trusted relationships which have allowed us to gain invaluable insight from our customers, and the ability to understand their needs explicitly. This level of trust and resulting co-creation has undoubtedly been an invaluable source in helping us to realise compelling innovation.

Today, Fujitsu is leading the way in the adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum-inspired computing. Our unique, highly agile approach to analytics allows organisations to interrogate and analyse huge volumes of data from different sources in a fraction of the time it would take using traditional manual techniques and processes.

Fujitsu can help transform fragmented solutions into an integrated approach. Using a common integrated solution that supports your users now and, in the future, combining a track record of team building and partner relationships with expertise in agile development, hosting and analytics.

Fujitsu can help you create integrated, trusted logistics services, taking you on a digital transformational journey, while creating the high performance, end-to-end logistics service your users need.

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Paul Hudson

Paul Hudson is a retired Senior RAF Officer who has extensive experience of working in Industry, initially with Lockheed Martin heading their Business Development for Logistics and Sustainment and is now the Head of Logistics and Support for Fujitsu Defence and National Security (DNS). A qualified Logistics Engineer at MSc Level he has led change programmes in Contracting for Availability (CfA) environments for Fast Jet and Rotary aircraft.
Paul has also focused during his industry and military careers in Logistics Information Services being directly involved with JAMES, LITS, GOLDesp and F-35 ALIS extensively covering Data Quality, Master Data Management and Data Governance.He represents Industry on Joint MoD/Industry boards and steering groups and has provided thought leadership in the areas of Output Based Contracting and Support Improvement techniques.
In his, rather rare, spare time Paul enjoys many aspects of music, both composing and playing electronic music and attending festivals.Paul and his wife Teresa live in a beautiful village in Dorset.

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