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Cloud has no place in defence companies says Saab

Derek du Preez | Oct. 22, 2012
Defence companies can effectively "put a red line through public cloud offerings" because of the security risks involved, according to a senior IT solutions manager at Swedish military equipment manufacturer Saab.

"We are just doing it for what the first two need at the moment. When the third comes in, we will make it work for them too."

Finally, Saab can expect some new capabilities by upgrading to Application 8, where it is working with IFS on developing new additional modules.

"We are developing an export licences module together with IFS. When we export military equipm,ent we have to keep track from the very beginning what we are buying, when we ship it, whether we have licences for everything. That's quite tricky to do when you sell an aircraft. Most of it is being done manually at the moment," said Nordlander.

Fellow IFS user Babcock is in the process of consolidating five instances of its IFS ERP system into one, in a multi-million project that follows the consolidation of the group's IT estate into a centralised infrastructure.


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