ASC confirmed that it will begin its transition to a digital business, with the support of IFS and Deloitte.
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ASC this week announced an upgrade to their business systems, by transitioning to a digital shipyard using IFS's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. Deloitte has agreed to help manage the implementation of the system.
It is hoped that the transition will allow process upgrades and improved data capabilities to support critical business decisions and support the ongoing maintenance of the Navy's Collins Class submarines.
CEO and managing director of ASC Stuart Whiley welcomed the announcement, noting that the upgrades would minimise operating costs while improving services.
“This project will keep ASC at the cutting-edge of submarine sustainment innovation. It will ensure we maintain an efficient, cost conscious culture as we continue to deliver world-class service and value for money to the Royal Australian Navy,” Whiley said.
“ASC is committed to the growth and development of its employees. The new systems will ensure they are skilled in the latest digital systems, streamline their work and provide greater job satisfaction.
“Our people will be better equipped to do their jobs by working with real-time data, integrative platforms and improved knowledge-sharing that will enable them to focus on the areas of their expertise.
“Aligning our digital systems with our suppliers will realise additional productivity improvements.
“The project will create approximately 35 new jobs, based across South Australia and Western Australia.”
Jesse Sherwood, national maritime leader and lead engagement partner at Deloitte Australia, confirmed that Deloitte and ASC will uncover synergies when implementing the program.
“Deloitte is incredibly proud to be selected as ASC’s implementation partner. We are excited about sharing our broad and deep expertise in delivering complex transformation programs with ASC to help them digitise and modernise sustainment, while innovating to future-proof their business.”
To undertake the transition, ASC will utilise IFS' Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. Warren Zietsman, managing director of IFS Australia and New Zealand, commented, "After a competitive bid process, we’re honoured that ASC has selected IFS as its ERP system of choice, as it embarks on this ambitious and exciting initiative.
“ASC plays a vital role in Australia’s naval defence and we feel privileged to be supporting them in the delivery of its new digital backbone. Our defence expertise will be central to arming ASC with a solution that will offer them agility in their operations and the flexibility to meet changing market demands.”
Novacure and BluePrism will also support ASC's transition process.