The DII programme is impressive for many reasons - the scale of the project for example and the innovative technologies used – yet it is more than this. At the heart of DII is the strong relationship between the MOD and the ATLAS Consortium - comprising Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu, CGI and Airbus Defence and Space -. This relationship has developed over the years, building the understanding, knowledge and experience needed to manage change effectively.
Joint working initiatives
As part of DII, the ATLAS Consortium has embarked on joint working initiatives with the MOD. These include Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) and Joint Management and Engineering Solutions (JAMES). Both of these initiatives have enabled ATLAS to strengthen the relationship with the MOD, gaining a deeper understanding of the wider environment in which they operate - and providing joint working benefits.
Military operations support
The Armed Forces can be deployed at short notice, requiring systems to be implemented quickly and cost-effectively to support military operations - systems such as OVERTASK and HUNTER, for example. OVERTASK fills a capability gap for Communications and Information Systems for Deployed British forces in Afghanistan, providing an extension to the existing NATO network and a highly mobile and portable version of the capability.
Enabling change through IT
Replacing some 300 legacy systems with one unified infrastructure, built with security from the ground up, provides the MOD with a stable platform with far greater resilience than previous systems. Rollout of DII capability across the network brings new possibilities. It can respond as the requirement for Network Enabled Capability changes to Information Superiority, and it can enable change through the Defence Change Portfolio and Transformation.