NMCI contractor gets help for data-sharing push

The lead vendor on the $8.82 billion Navy-Marine Corps Intranet program has tapped Convera to provide search and retrieval functions to roughly 411,000 NMCI users.

To bolster NMCI's enterprisewide data sharing, EDS chose Convera's RetrievalWare. The application will let users categorize and search across petabytes of data, EDS officials said. The initial order to the Vienna, Va., company is worth $450,000.

The Navy will begin using the software in the next few months, according to a Convera statement.

'EDS selected Convera after extensive testing of the leading software vendors providing this capability,' said Steve Vetter, EDS' NMCI director of strategic planning. 'We chose Convera's RetrievalWare for its superior and proven scalability and its ability to classify, categorize and enable collaboration and conduct linguistic or meaning-based searches across structured and unstructured data.'

Through NMCI, the Navy and Marine Corps will link voice, video, and data communications at more than 300 installations. The Defense Department has OK'd the shift of 160,000 computer seats to NMCI and, so far, EDS has cut over 51,513 seats.

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