Army uses Citrix for logistics

Last July, Army Materiel Command turned to Citrix Systems Inc. to improve the processing of logistics orders. Ten months later, the service command at Fort Belvoir, Va., is using the company's software to process 60,000 to 70,000 supply transactions per day.

Citrix's MetaFrame Access Suite and MetaFrame XP Presentation Server connects newer enterprise resource planning applications and older Army computer systems. The streamlined, back-office capability supports 4,000 service logisticians worldwide, according to a May 10 statement from the company based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"Instead of pinching pennies on the fringes of a solution, managers can leverage a robust access infrastructure to cut huge swathes of cost out of an implementation, while adding an entirely new dimension of functionality," said Mark Goldman, vice president of Citrix's government systems business unit. "Users essentially get more for less."

The Citrix software implementation marks the first phase of the Army's Logistics Modernization Program. The multiyear, multimillion dollar project led by Computer Sciences Corp., in Falls Church, Va., will give the service a fast, secure and interactive supply ordering, tracking and delivery function.

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