Germany's Federal Armed Forces has recruited SAP as part of an IT modernisation project.

The Federal Armed Forces has agreed to licence SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for more than 140,000 users within the framework of its Standard Software Product Families (SASPF) project, the German business software vendor has said.

The contract calls for the deployment of the vertical SAP for Defence & Security software and the integration of the company's NetWeaver integration middleware.

The Defence & Security product family, which is tailored to meet the specific demands of military and security organisations, is based on mySAP Business Suite applications.

No financial details were provided.

Several thousand users in the Federal Armed Forces currently use SAP's core ERP offering, mySAP ERP 2005 for accounting, logistics and "business warehouse," according to SAP.

Next year, the human resources department, with more than 10,000 users, will migrate from mySAP 2004 to mySAP ERP 2005, which leverages the company's enterprise service oriented architecture (SOA) platform.

SOA is a way to create and manage IT systems through reusable software components and services. It is proving increasingly popular among corporations looking to more effectively use their existing data.