NASA’s Upgraded Financial Management System Takes Flight with Help from Accenture

RESTON, Va.; Jan. 3, 2007 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has completed the upgrade of the financial system for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which supports the operations of the Agency’s $16.5 billion budget and 18,000-person workforce. This marks the first upgrade to the SAP ERP2005 financial platform in the US Federal government marketplace.

The upgraded solution provides NASA with an enhanced technical architecture and improved financial management data tracking, reporting and data integrity and also helps streamline the agency’s funds distribution, year-end processing and overall funds control. The system upgrade builds on the successful core financial implementation, affecting more than 10,000 end users across NASA, including those at 10 field centers, Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC).

“The launch of the upgraded financial system should help improve NASA’s financial performance for years to come,” said Steve Shane, managing director of Accenture’s North America Government operating unit. “The Core Financial system now in place provides the agency with unprecedented capabilities for improving decision-making, cost management, and online information sharing.”

Accenture led the upgrade’s process design and testing effort. Accenture also provided the primary process design and reengineering skills to supplement NASA personnel as they assessed the impact of the SAP upgrade on NASA’s current business processes.

Accenture has provided overall management support to NASA on the financial systems upgrade since 2000, including designing, configuring and testing the SAP Core Financial platform; conducting “change management” to ensure a smooth transition to the new system; and other support such as data conversion, testing, training, and support.

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