DISA looks to integrate legacy apps

The Defense Information Systems Agency this week released a request for information on technologies that could transform dozens of legacy applications operating in the agency's procurement and logistics directorate into a single integrated architecture.

The procurement and logistics directorate, with its subordinate Defense IT Contracting Organizations, is the procurement arm of DISA and has offices around the world. The directorate manages, operates and develops a large group of complex software across a wide range of computing environments. It has 11 mainframe apps, 47 client-server apps and seven Web apps.

Under the Enterprise Business Modernization project, DISA's goal is to replace most of the legacy apps and create a single integrated system that is accessible worldwide. DISA also wants shared data and processes and an integrated tool that provides accurate and easily retrievable information for all directorate functions.

"The solution will incorporate the mandated Federal/DOD e-business applications and it will solve the data exchange interoperability gap between these applications. The objective is an application tool suite that uses 'business workflow' and net-centric movement of data between applications in order to eliminate manual data entry, thereby increasing data accuracy and integrity of procurement and financial information," according to the RFI.

The RFI closes July 14. A request for proposals is expected in the fall, with the award set for early next year.

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