Babcock has introduced a new extended collaborative working environment (CWE) information and knowledge management service across the maritime enterprise as part of a contract awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Web-enabled virtual project teams can benefit from the newly extended enterprise-wide service with end-to-end process management, as well as access and security managed at community, project and user level.
Babcock Information and Knowledge Management head Chris Rowley said: "The development of enterprise-level end-to-end processes and systems will greatly reduce the administrative burden associated with traditional paper-based methods and enable an increase in value-added activities by the class output management teams, fleet, ship's staff and wider industry community, with common systems, interfaces and reporting systems.
"With ever increasing budget constraints and the need for a more agile defence capability, the CWE has now become an integral part of delivering savings for the maritime enterprise."
In addition to providing an efficient and cost-effective procurement strategy for the MoD, the new pan-enterprise service features 'open architecture' technology for easy and efficient integration of the department and industry systems, while improving real-time information flow.
The latest Oracle Fusion toolset with full end-to-end CWE capability can be achieved through a complete renewal and modernisation of software technology.
The integrated toolset consists of a single sign-on portal, a business process automation workflow toolkit, an advanced secure document management vault and a business intelligence data mining and reporting tool.
Offering improved performance and availability, the new enterprise-wide approach also supports enhancements in the class output management and flotilla output management roles being developed in the surface ship and submarine fields' respectively.
Used by the MoD to share data and systems with its Tier 1 industry partners, the web-based workspace offered by CWE allows members of disparate organisations to jointly work within a single and secure environment.
Transition to the new platform and its software technology upgrade will be completed by the end of March 2013.