Service wants portal to be one-stop shop for workers' needs

Army officials are preparing the last of four memos asking IT managers to consolidate systems around the Army Knowledge Online portal.

The memo will instruct commands to move all logistics systems to the Global Combat Service Support System-Army, which will then be accessible through the portal, said Major C.J. Wallington, a team leader for AKO.

The move will put the Army one step closer to making service and civilian workers a 'network-centric, knowledge-based work force' through the portal, Wallington said.

'We want to try to drive toward accelerated information collection and processes,' he said. 'We want to stop shuffling pieces of paper and stop being dependent on e-mail, having to re-enter data into a system. We want to let every soldier and civilian enter data directly in whatever system they need through AKO.'

One path

Wallington said commands will no longer use the five or six different applications currently used to track products when logistics operations migrate to one system that will share information through AKO.

The memo follows one issued in March that set a timeline to move all Defense Department personnel systems to the Defense Integrated Military Human Resource System by fiscal 2005. The other memos outlined AKO's strategic plan and told commands to reduce servers in use by 30 percent by Sept. 30.

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