May 17, 2020

Air Force Cancels iPad Order

Air Force Special Operations Command
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Freddie Pierce
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The U.S. Air Force has cancelled an order for three thousand iPads intended to help eliminate the need for paper in-flight data. According to Air Force...

The U.S. Air Force has cancelled an order for three thousand iPads intended to help eliminate the need for paper in-flight data.  According to Air Force Special Operations Command spokesperson Capt. Kristen Duncan, the purchase was “not consistent with the way the Air Force generally acquires IT products.”

The lesson seems clear: don’t go on a Best Buy spending spree with your tax payer’s credit card, even if there are just so many things you could do with three thousand iPads.

Buyer’s remorse notwithstanding, the Air Force remains committed to its paperless efforts, as integrated flight data technology has the potential to revolutionize the pilot experience.  Tablet computers, in one form or another, are still under consideration for the near future – along with real-time database technology that will allow airmen to access updated tech manuals in-flight.

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“AFSOC's goal is to provide...an Electronic Flight Bag that is equally cost effective, secure and provides the best technological capability available to our airmen,” said Capt. Duncan.

The announcement does not affect the similar purchase being put through by a separate Air Force unit, Air Force Mobility, which is going ahead with a large tablet order, though the terms have neither been disclosed nor finalized.

The iPad has not yet passed muster with DoD security officials, but Apple is working in cooperation with the department to address their concerns and produce a military-grade software package.

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Jun 23, 2021

SAP Ariba to digitise procurement for Expo 2020 suppliers

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SAP Ariba will fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle for more than 25,000 suppliers at this year’s Expo 2020 Dubai

SAP Ariba will provide a unified digital procurement and payment platform for more than 25,000 suppliers at Expo 2020 Dubai

The global trade event, this year hosted in Dubai, was rescheduled from last year and will now take place between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022. 

As the event’s Innovative Enterprise Software Partner, SAP Ariba solutions will fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle, providing a streamlined experience for thousands of market leading, global suppliers and strengthening the global supply chain with enhanced transparency and efficiency. The cloud-based platforms operate through on SAP Ariba’s UAE public cloud data centre and connects to the Ariba Network. 

Expo 2020 "a long-term investment"
 

Mohammed AlHashmi, Chief Technology Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said the world trade event is  “a long-term investment in the future that aims to enhance opportunities for sustainable business connectivity and growth”, which stretches beyond Expo 2020’s six-month window. 

“Our partnership with SAP is an example of what can be achieved with the invaluable support of our technology partners to host one of the most digitally advanced World Expos ever,” he added. “The implementation of SAP Ariba solutions has transformed our end-to-end procure-to-pay cycle and helped set new standards of procurement automation for projects of this scale.”

To date, more than AED 1bn has already been transacted by Expo 2020 suppliers through SAP Ariba. The platform promotes collaborative partnerships and allows registered users to participate in sourcing events, negotiate and initiate contracts, and centralise their invoicing and payments in real time. 

Claudio Muruzabal, President of EMEA South, SAP, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is demonstrating global best practices in digitising its procurement process with SAP Ariba solutions to help gain visibility into its spend, tighten collaboration with its suppliers, and achieve process automation, including completely paperless invoicing.”

About Expo 2020 Dubai
 

Expo 2020 will take place in Dubai and is the first of the long-running World Expos to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia territory. The original World Expo, called the Great Exhibiton, was hosted in 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London, designed as a showcase for the innovations of the Industrial Revolution. 

Expo 2020 was originally due to run 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, but was last year postponed in light of COVID-19 restrictions - though some business has already taken place virtually. The event will place greater emphasis on innovation in sustainable solutions through the Sustainability District, blending technology and culture. It is expected that around 70 per cent of the 25 million attendees will be international visitors. 
 

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