Online tool streamlines Army application migration

Online tool streamlines Army application migration

With all Army enterprise activity required to migrate to Department of Defense-approved data centers by fiscal year 2018, moving over 10,000 enterprise applications could be a challenge. As a way to ease that migration, the Army’s Application Migration Business Office (AAMBO) released an online service that helps systems owners collect the data needed for migration planning.

The Army Application Migration Pre-assessment Tool, or AAMPT, seeks to make migration planning easier and more efficient. Before, administrators filled out a four-page form and emailed it to AAMBO to start the migration process.  The common access card-enabled online version coaches users through on-screen help so they can accurately report the data needed.  Moving online also shortens AAMBO response time and reduces follow-up requests for missing information.  

“AAMBO wanted to provide a web-based tool that would supplant cumbersome spreadsheets and clunky PDF forms shared via e-mail with a simple, intuitive interface that would simplify data collection and reporting,” AAMBO project officer Johanna Curry said.

The system also provides “a web-available but access-protected resource for the latest guidance and policy about migration, frequently asked questions and support directly from AAMBO for assistance in the data collection process,” Curry added. 

When system owners submit system information through AAMPT, AAMBO gathers and analyzes requirements based on established assessment criteria, generates re-hosting recommendations and prepares cost estimates for hosting in the new enterprise environment.

“AAMPT is the type of transparent, collaborative tool we need in order to assist owners planning migration events from their current hosting platforms to [DOD approved enterprise environments] with limited interruptions,” said Keith Baylor, acting product lead for enterprise computing. 

About the Author

Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.

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