LOGMOD to go live this month

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.'After months of delays, the Army's Wholesale Logistics Modernization Program is finally ready to go live.

Later this month, LOGMOD will be turned on at the Communications'Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J, said Kevin Carroll, program executive officer for enterprise information systems. Army brass last week decided to begin using LOGMOD at CECOM, Carroll said today at the Army Small Computer Program's IT Conference.

"They had a little bit of a delay," Carroll said, although he added that such large programs often need extra time to complete.

LOGMOD is an enterprise resource planning system that culls data from two 30-year-old legacy mainframes, the Commodity Command Standard System and the Standard Depot System. Both mainframes are coded in Cobol and use batch processing and flat data files. LOGMOD will shorten the logistics cycle from ordering to delivery by letting workers track orders and assets around the world in real time, Army officials said.

The first full deployment of LOGMOD was originally slated to start in February at CECOM. Four other commands within the Army Materiel Command'the Tank Automotive and Armaments, Aviation and Missile, Soldier Biological and Chemical, and Operations Support commands'will deploy the system later this year, Army officials said.

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