Good start for modernization

Good start for modernization

The Army's Wholesale Logistics Modernization Program is 'working pretty well,' and all but three of 221 employees in two software development facilities chose to join Computer Sciences Corp. when the vendor recently took over the program, said James D. Buckner, the Army Materiel Command's chief information officer.

'Other than the normal glitches with transitions, there haven't been any problems,' he said. 'I haven't gotten any calls since July 1 [when CSC took over], so that's a good thing.'

There were about 400 government employees at the command's logistics software facilities in Chambersburg, Pa., and St. Louis. Seventy-nine of them remained government employees and oversee the outsourced programs, he said. The majority of the other 100 employees were assigned to other jobs or retired.

' Army installations can start testing Microsoft Windows 2000 Active Directory services, but cannot yet deploy the management control tools of the new operating system.

In a letter delivered before he retired last month, Lt. Gen. William H. Campbell, the service's CIO, ordered Army organizations to delay implementing Win 2000 Active Directory until the Army Technical Working Group had developed and validated the Army's enterprise directory architecture.

Campbell expressed concern that the service's Domain Name System would not support Active Directory's Dynamic DNS update feature. 'A premature deployment could lead to denial of enterprise capabilities,' and some organizations would have to rebuild their Active Directory installations to mesh with the Army's enterprise architecture, he wrote.

' After inviting the service's PC-3 vendors to add products to their contracts this past spring, the Army Small Computer Program didn't waste time in giving the contract changes the green light.

The program team approved the addition of IBM Corp. systems to the PC-3 contract of GTSI Corp. and Gateway Inc. PCs to the PC-3 contract of IntelliSys Technology Corp. of Fairfax, Va.,

'We want to expand our offerings and give people what they ask us for,' said Linda Cook, the program's product leader at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

The $2,780 667-MHz Pentium III IBM IntelliStation M Pro PC, which can run two processors, comes with 256M of RAM, 16M Advanced Graphics Port video, a 9.1G hard drive, a 48X CD-ROM drive and Microsoft Windows NT 4.0.

The $1,359 650-MHz Gateway E-3400 Pentium III comes with 64M of RAM, a 7.5G hard drive, a 48X CD-ROM drive, a 10/100-Mbps network interface card, a 17-inch monitor and Windows 98.

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