Core Enterprise Services

Friday May 18, 2007

What is it? DoD Core Enterprise Services (CES) capabilities are: collaboration, applications, messaging, discovery, mediation, enterprise service management, user assistance, information assurance, and storage. CES are the network capabilities that supplement the network's transport capability to provide seamless interaction and knowledge transfer across functional, tactical, institutional, and organizational units. They are the basic, common tools that facilitate our everyday activities.

CES is one of the four Domains that comprise the Enterprise Information Environment Mission Area (EIEMA) in DoD's IT Portfolio Governance structure. The other EIE domains are Communications (transport), Computing Infrastructure (includes storage), and Information Assurance (a domain of its own).

The CES Domain capabilities will be provided through the AKO portal within Defense Knowledge Online (DKO). Tactical users will access these enterprise services through interfaces between the FCS System of Systems Common Operating Environment (SOSCOE) and DoD's Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES). As appropriate, interoperability testing will occur at the Central Technical Support Facility (CTSF).

What has the Army done? Systems which have been binned to CES have been analyzed for what CES capabilities they provide the Army. These systems will be reviewed for capability gaps and redundancies. Major stakeholders have been engaged to analyze the capabilities, redundancies and duplications in their investments. Major stakeholders are taking action to reduce duplications and save money. As Enterprise solutions are approved, they will be implemented. Examples include both tactical and non-tactical collaboration capabilities. By conducting Best of Breed analyses and selecting a standard capability, not only will costs be lowered but organizations will be able to inter-collaborate and personnel changing organization will be familiar with the tools.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? Establish Core Enterprise Services - to enhance individual and organizational efficiency and promote mission effectiveness. Work with stakeholders to reduce CES solution duplications and redundancies and to implement enterprise CES solutions - to include leveraging DoD's Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) capabilities as they become available.

Why is this important to the Army? CES will greatly strengthen the Army's ability to operate in joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multi-national environments. Seamless interaction and knowledge transfer across functional, tactical, institutional, and organizational units promote a joint net-centric information enterprise that enables warfighter and business decision superiority. Having common standard services lowers software development, maintenance and integration costs, and enables commonality in training - throughout the Army and DoD enterprise.

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.

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- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communications Guide.

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