Standard procurement app is set to go on NMCI

The Navy recently approved the first application for the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet portal that will be fully compatible with other Defense Department networks.

The Navy this month gave NMCI lead contractor EDS Corp. the OK to begin running the Defense Standard Procurement System, which integrates acquisition, logistics and financial management functions.

The NMCI Certification and Accreditation Lab in San Diego tested SPS for compatibility with Microsoft Windows 2000 and compliance with Navy firewall policies, officials said.

The Navy, EDS and American Management Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va., the company that developed SPS, configured the app to work with the NMCI architecture.

Launching the app occurs as Navy teams visit commands to ease NMCI's transition for users.

Navy Cmdr. Brion Tyler, who heads a transition team that the NMCI program office established last fall, said the teams offer training, review an NMCI cutover checklist with users, and supply them with additional resources such as Web sites and conferences for updates on the portal project.

'The goal is to make transition as smooth as possible,' Tyler said. 'If we are not prepared, cutover will not run smoothly.'

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