In 2001, total world arms transfer agreements were worth nearly $26.4 billion. The United States led the world with 45.8% of all such agreements. There are two primary channels through which U.S. arms manufacturers sell weaponry to foreign countries: Foreign Military Sales (FMS)and Direct Commercial Sales (DCS). Since 1992, the United States has exported more than $142 billion dollars worth of weaponry to states around the world. The U.S. dominates this international arms market, supplying just under half of all arms exports, roughly two and a half times more than the second and third largest suppliers including General Dynamics, Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

Similar to Aerospace vertical, these manufacturers in the Defense Industry are facing an increasing labor shortage as skilled U.S. workers age and retire. The Creek Systems Workforce Acquisition program and RPO Service is a critical component for the Defense Industry with the ongoing supply of highly qualified and specialized labor force from Creek Systems.

Project - The project was to assist a major defense contractor with their reporting systems. The reporting systems are required to provide many pieces of information over many spans of time, across many products and services. The reporting tools used must be scalable, efficient and highly transparent so that information derived from them, can be easily tracked back to the sources. BusinessObjects technology was chosen to be that tool suite and expertise in the product was by default, a required component. BusinessObjects was mandated as the replacement reporting tool to supersede all legacy reporting tools across the global corporation with their largest business unit being the first to implement.

Client Challenge - Many legacy systems used throughout the years across several business acquisitions, provided varying configurations and functionalities that needed duplication in the new tool. Legacy systems were plagued with inefficiencies and embedded code that made reverse engineering a nightmare. Add to the complex array of legacy systems, historical references on the original reports was lost over time with retiring employees and others who found new direction in other business units or companies. In some cases, age of the report over tenures was simply the biggest factor. Support includes enterprise wide system upkeep, as well as troubleshooting the bugs and intricacies of the newest version of the new tool.

Creek Systems Solution - This major defense contractor engaged Creek Systems and subsequently enlisted the expertise of several Business Intelligence consultants to expedite the implementation of BusinessObjects technologies across one of their largest business units. Deploying highly experienced resources, from Creek Systems, this major defense contractor are now realizing quick successes and improved efficiency over the legacy reporting applications. As a result, the remaining business units will soon follow and take advantage of the benefits of BusinessObjects being their primary reporting platform.


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