BAE Systems' Military Air and Information (MAI) division has signed a contract with business application software provider Infor to support its business transformation programme.

By streamlining its processes, BAE Systems expects to be able to reduce its licensing and IT maintenance costs.

Under the deal, the defence company will use Infor10 to integrate its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with business intelligence (BI), bar-coding capabilities to improve stock inventory and a supplier commerce portal. It also includes a training tool for users.

The applications will be connected and integrated on the Infor10 ION middleware. Using Infor10 Workspace, users will be able to have single sign-on access across the multiple applications.

BAE Systems also hopes that rationalising and standardising its processes will help to improve its operational efficiency and the support and delivery of programmes such as the Eurofighter Typhoon and F35 Joint Strike Fighter.

"This transformation programme will drive our competitiveness and ensure BAE Systems MAI is more efficient and responsive to market conditions," said Adrian Fallows, head of strategic business systems at BAE Systems MAI.