The British Army has selected German digital transformation specialist Software AG to enhance the way the service shares critical data needed to prepare its forces for operations.

Governance, monitoring, security and support of the army’s application programme interfaces (API) will be provided from the company’s management platform.

A technical solution for integrating large defence applications was also obtained to expose reference data and services.

The company has been hired to lead the army’s digital transformation strategy and develop an API management platform that will enable the secure connection of systems and data, allowing for integration with legacy systems.

“The API platform offers increased interoperability with access to information and services that were until now inaccessible.”

Through the use of the API Management capability, the army will be able to offer a wide range of services across boundaries, collecting information from several systems.

This will help support a variety of functions, including equipment availability, operational readiness, payment of reserves, and trialling remote processing automation on legacy systems.

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The API platform offers increased interoperability with access to information and services that were until now inaccessible.

In addition, API Management will facilitate the quick release of necessary capabilities, reduce siloed systems that require duplication of data, and increase the ability to expose services to personal devices.

US Army Software House Operations head lieutenant colonel Dorian Seabrook said: “Without effective data and services, it’s very difficult for planners to understand our forces state of readiness, or to create much-needed services for our soldiers; this is where the Software AG API suite is adding real value.

“We have been very impressed by Software AG from the very beginning.They have a thorough understanding of the challenges we face, and in just three months have delivered a platform which enables us to break down information silos and share information quickly, effectively and, most importantly, securely.”