U.S. Navy, Marines Look To BPM for ‘A Few (More) Good Processes’

US Navy

The U.S. Navy and Marines aren’t just looking for a few good men. Commanders also want to more and better business processes and workflow systems to improve financial controls. To achieve this, they will invest some $30 million in BPM, auditing, workflow and related technologies.

“Ensuring that all internal financial controls provide accurate information will help the Navy meet all federal and Department of Defense guidelines toward auditability,” said Vince Vlasho, who leads Accenture’s work with the U.S. Navy., in a statement. “This is a critical initiative that assists Navy leaders by improving the quality and reliability of financial data and securing the effectiveness of their ERP systems.”

The Navy is working with Accenture Federal Services to help it and the Marines enlist BPM disciplines and technologies to improve operations on many fronts. The Navy awarded Accenture a three-year, $25.5 million contract to work to review the business processes, internal controls and related systems to support improved business operations at six commands as well as the U.S. Marine Corps, according to Accenture officials.

Both contracts support the Navy’s Financial Improvement Program (FIP). The program’s objectives are to improve the accuracy, timeliness and reliability of the Navy’s financial information, according to the Navy.

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Nathaniel Palmer

Rated as the #1 Most Influential Thought Leader in Business Process Management (BPM) by independent research, Nathaniel Palmer is recognized as one of the early originators of BPM, and has led the design for some of the industry’s largest-scale and most complex projects involving investments of $200 Million or more. Today he is the Editor-in-Chief of BPM.com, as well as the Executive Director of the Workflow Management Coalition, as well as VP and CTO of BPM, Inc. Previously he had been the BPM Practice Director of SRA International, and prior to that Director, Business Consulting for Perot Systems Corp, as well as spent over a decade with Delphi Group serving as VP and CTO. He frequently tops the lists of the most recognized names in his field, and was the first individual named as Laureate in Workflow. Nathaniel has authored or co-authored a dozen books on process innovation and business transformation, including “Intelligent BPM” (2013), “How Knowledge Workers Get Things Done” (2012), “Social BPM” (2011), “Mastering the Unpredictable” (2008) which reached #2 on the Amazon.com Best Seller’s List, “Excellence in Practice” (2007), “Encyclopedia of Database Systems” (2007) and “The X-Economy” (2001). He has been featured in numerous media ranging from Fortune to The New York Times to National Public Radio. Nathaniel holds a DISCO Secret Clearance as well as a Position of Trust with in the U.S. federal government.