Army opens knowledge management portal, Adapa, for 1,700 service users

Army opens knowledge management portal, Adapa, for 1,700 service users

A knowledge management portal has made organizational data stored on individual PCs available to about 1,700 users. The portal was developed by the Army's Program Executive Office for Standard Army Management Information Systems.

The portal went live in mid-February, said Pete Johnson, chief information officer for PEO STAMIS at Fort Belvoir, Va.

It's built around the Oracle9i Application Server Portal framework, Johnson said. Oracle Corp. consultants worked with the PEO STAMIS staff for nearly a year to develop the Web application, which uses an Oracle8i database management system. Workflow, document management and other collaborative tools are built in.

Johnson said he christened the portal Adapa, after the Babylonian god of wisdom.

'I thought it needed to have a name other than 'knowledge portal,' ' Johnson said. Instead of inventing a military-style acronym, he researched mythology to find the name.

Eventually, remote users at other Army sites will be able to access the password-protected portal via Web browser, Johnson said.

Adapa is part of the overall Army Knowledge Online effort to create a servicewide information portal, Johnson said.

Through AKO, some information that PEO STAMIS provides to other Army divisions will be more widely available to service users. AKO access to Adapa is slated to begin shortly, Johnson said.

The Oracle portal software lets organizations bring up only core functions at first, then add more services and users later. 'It's a nice way to build a system,' he said.

'Patricia Daukantas

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