U.S. Nearing Delivery of Milestone System to Manage Iraqi Armed Forces

U.S. Nearing Delivery of Milestone System to Manage Iraqi Armed Forces

Largest ever Oracle HRIMS System to aid in planning troop withdrawal


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Arlington, VA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–January 22, 2008–Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions (Torres), under a contract with the Multi National Security Transition Command – Iraq, is completing the largest ever Oracle(R)-based Human Resources and Payroll Management System (HRIMS). The HRIMS will be the primary information system used to manage the entire Iraqi military (all 200,000 armed services personnel) and provide reports to U.S. Congress on Iraqi troop strength and Iraqi combat readiness. With this data, coalition forces can better plan military operations and the withdrawal of coalition troops. Further, the HRIMS supplies the Iraqi Ministry of Defense (MOD) and coalition forces with extensive data on corruption, including information on Iraqi ghost soldiers. This milestone system is scheduled for completion on February 6, 2008, after only 1 1/2 years in development.

This system delivery is the largest and most complex of all Oracle HRIMS projects worldwide, including the former largest project implemented by the U.S. Air Force in 2002. While the Air Force project took $165 million and 5 1/2 years to complete with a project staff of over 150 personnel, the Iraq HRIMS project will be delivered in less than 1 1/2 years by a staff of eight consultants and a few part-time Iraqi officials. The HRIMS is also by far the least expensive project of its kind in Oracle history. While other large initiatives routinely cost over $150 million, this HRIMS cost less than $14 million.

“This implementation marks an important step in the stabilization of the Iraqi government. Torres demonstrated absolute commitment to the scheduled deployment of this project, even during challenging circumstances that included rocket and mortar attacks inside the International Zone and bullets fired through their office and training facility walls,” said Michael R. Williams, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF.

“This system is expected to have a major impact on the day-to-day lives of our armed forces, due to improved business processes, expedited payroll and HR functions, and reduced corruption,” said Dr. Ali Taresh, Chief Information Officer, Iraqi MOD. “Torres’ team has been immensely effective in providing user and technical training for our personnel so we can quickly achieve robust benefits.”

The Oracle-based HRIMS solution is one of the few successful enterprise-wide systems initiatives under Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. While most of the information technology projects in both Iraq and Afghanistan have failed, the HRIMS will be delivered on time and within the original budget. The challenge that remains is to ensure that the Iraqi MOD uses the system to its fullest capability.

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U.S. Nearing Delivery of Milestone System to Manage Iraqi Armed Forces