The British Army has saved some £20 million at its headquarters by using business intelligence tools to reduce data errors, integrate disparate sources of data and efficiently allocate manpower.

It used software provided by SAS to highlight inefficiencies in data being collected on over 120,000 army staff, which resides on complex legacy systems.

SAS' Enterprise BI Server has been used to enhance the army's data mining capabilities, including correcting errors and de-duplicating datasets, whilst SAS Enterprise Guide has been used to streamline the army's data analytics and reporting capabilities.

The software provider's professional services team of domain experts are also working on-site, helping the army to integrate disparate sources of data relating to human resources.

Elaine Drummond, head of public sector at SAS UK, said: "SAS gives the British Army a much greater insight into vast volumes of information held within their systems. By sufficiently aligning and simplifying the data, the British Army now has the power to make better-informed decisions about manpower planning, driving efficiencies and new opportunities for innovation.

"The role the in-house SAS team play in supporting the army will remain critical in reviewing manpower efficiencies and system optimisation today and in the future. Our close engagement on-site means that we can support the current restructuring process by ensuring that systems are aligned with the army's core needs - efficient and more structured manpower planning."