BRIEFING BOOK

BRIEFING BOOK

ERP alert. Computer Sciences Corp. officials are considering bids for the Army Wholesale Logistics Modernization Program's (WLMP) enterprise resource planning subcontract, said Jeffrey Plotnick, a company vice president and supply chain solutions general manager.

Bidders include Oracle Corp., PeopleSoft Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., and SAP America Inc. of Newtown Square, Pa. CSC will make its ERP recommendation to the Army Materiel Command and select a vendor by August, he said.

The company will release three successive software versions to replace 22 million lines of Cobol code in two logistics batch-oriented mainframe programs during the next three years, Plotnick said.

CSC expects to implement an ERP package by the end of 2003, he said.

Meanwhile, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission class action complaint filed by Army Materiel Command employees in St. Louis in May 1999 is pending.

About 250 Army software developers and programers will become CSC personnel on July 1, with an additional 60 continuing as government employees, Plotnick said.

Post-Y2K post. Rear Adm. Jay M. Cohen is proof that there's life after year 2000 readiness efforts.

Cohen, former director of the Chief of Naval Operations' Year 2000 Project Office, became chief of Naval research on May 12. He succeeds Rear Adm. Paul G. Gaffney II.

XML reality check. The Extensible Markup Language is 'not a magic bullet for data interoperability,' said Ken Wheeler, chief engineer for the Defense Information Systems Agency's Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment.

'XML is great,' Wheeler said during a recent speech. 'The big issue is that tags must be unique within [their] name space.

'Developers know they need matching tags that must be easy to locate,' he said. Establishing an XML registry within the COE data emporium could boost XML use, he said.

DTS update. Contractor TRW Inc. has released an interim form of the Defense Travel System. DTS-Limited is not connected to the Defense Travel System Regional Data Center, commercial reservation systems or the Defense Finance and Accounting System's accounting and payment systems.

Meanwhile, Pentagon officials are monitoring development of the paperless travel system for compatibility with other Defense public-key infrastructure and electronic-signature standards [GCN, May 15, Page 1].

'Bill Murray

E-mail: bmurray@gcn.com

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