11/6/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced its alliance with the United States Army Accessions Command (USAAC) on the design and implementation of its document management solution and new iRecruiter portal for the recruitment and training of volunteers and their assignment to units. To help lower costs, improve efficiencies and better support its mission of transforming volunteers into soldiers and officers for the U.S. Army, USAAC chose the Sun Java System platform for its integrated portal and identity management solution and Sun StorEdge technology for its document management solution.
"The USAAC is responsible for recruiting - from the first handshake to the first unit assignment," said Gary Bishop, Chief of Web Applications and Technologies for USAAC. "Our strategic goal is to provide the right soldier, at the right time and place, with the right competencies for that first unit of assignment. We looked to Sun to provide the technologies and services to help us better coordinate a wide variety of activities within the U.S. Army and with other branches of the U.S. Armed Services, as well as communicate and keep track of the status of a large number of potential recruits."
In an effort to lower costs while improving efficiencies related to the management of more than 18 million records per year to track and store, USAAC turned to Sun Services to help deploy a low-TCO document management solution based on Documentum Enterprise Content Management running on a Sun Fire 15K server connected to a storage area network (SAN) powered by Sun StorEdge systems with utilization (SAM-FS) and availability software.
The solution is helping USAAC achieve notable results, including:
The solution is also proving highly robust, with the ability to store and retrieve up to 150,000 documents per hour and currently delivering up to 99.99% availability. In addition, with the assistance of Sun Services, USAAC estimates that it was able to shave approximately 25% from its time to market.
"To ensure well-designed development processes for each recruit, the USAAC has to manage information, and plenty of it," said Patricia Sueltz, executive vice president of Sun Services. "Sun Services provided the network computing expertise and technologies to architect and implement a consolidated storage infrastructure with the ability to scale as business requirements grow. We're now working with the USAAC to design and implement a portal solution with integrated identity management that will provision content and services to individuals and groups based on roles and privileges."
Building on the success of the document management solution, USAAC chose Sun to help design and implement an iRecruiter portal solution based on Sun Java System Portal Server, Sun Java System Identity Server, Sun Java System Directory Server, Sun Java System Web Server, and Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technology residing on Sun Fire servers running the Solaris 9 Operating System. The solution will deliver real-time content and applications to a diverse base of end users, based on individual and group roles. The iRecruiter portal solution is expected to help the USAAC lower operational and administrative costs while improving personnel productivity.
In addition to dynamically provisioning to intranet and extranet portals, the iRecruiter portal solution will deliver content to GoArmy.com, the external interface for Army recruiting and accessions. With the flexibility to make rapid changes and additions to content and the enhanced functionality, USAAC expects the new infrastructure to help the U.S. Army drive enhanced brand and image.
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