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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., - 26 Aug 2009: With its partner Enterprise Information Management, Inc. (EIM), IBM (NYSE:IBM) helped the U.S. Army Publishing Directorate (APD) win a major award from the U.S. government in recognition of automating its business processes.
Recently, at the 2009 LandWarNet Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, APD received the Army Knowledge Management Award for the Army Action Tracking System (A2TS) which was created by EIM in partnership with APD, is based on IBM technology and incorporates Silanis digital signature capabilities. This conference brings government and industry together to openly communicate commercial best business practices and government implementations.
The award was presented by Lieutenant General Jeffrey A. Sorenson and is given to programs that embody the 12 Army Knowledge Management Principles while supporting U.S. soldiers. For a list of these principles visit http://www.army.mil/ciog6/docs/AKMPrinciples.pdf.
A2TS enables a soldier or other Army field or office worker to initiate a tasker at any location and route it ad hoc to any users or users within the secure Army Knowledge Online or Defense Knowledge Online network. A2TS supports digital signatures via the Silanis ApproveIT(R) product and allows the entire lifecycle of the tasker to remain completely electronic. The system is part of a larger Army objective to transition from traditional paper forms management to web-enabled, forms-based business applications using existing software investments.
With IBM's breadth and depth of product and service offerings including portals and e-forms, delivered by partners like EIM, IBM continues to help organizations in their efforts to reduce their reliance on paper, improve business efficiencies, lower operating costs and for some, save lives. "This technology allows the Army to actually stop sending soldiers into the line of fire in order to get an officer's signature on a military form. All of this can now be done remotely, securely and electronically," according to Larry Bowden, IBM Vice President, Portals and Mashups.
The U.S. Army represents one of the world's largest e-forms installations. IBM Lotus Forms is currently used by more than 1.4 million Army personnel worldwide, yielding an estimated $1.3 billion in cost savings to the U.S. federal government.
IBM Lotus Forms software helps organizations like the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense Medical Community easily move towards a paperless environment, freeing them from the burden of slower business processes and tasks encumbered by storing, printing and filing paper.
"IBM and EIM's success is driven by the success of our clients. We hope to see this offering embraced throughout the Army and greater Department of Defense, both as a means to save our client's money and protect our soldiers in the field," said Susan Schleigh, President of EIM Federal Division.
Additionally, IBM just made available a new release of its e-forms software, Lotus Forms version 3.5.1., which greatly improves the automation of processes, supports zLinux, and features pre-built form templates for use by workers in a variety of industries. Customers include government agencies, banks, insurance companies, healthcare providers and universities worldwide.
IBM forms software helps retail stores automate supplier transactions, and companies and citizens process tax payments online. It also speeds the processing of applications for bank loans, insurance policies, and college course registrations.
This new version of IBM forms software offers support for Lotus Mashup Server, which allows users to create their own form-based applications without having to write any code. Working with partner software, new Lotus Forms supports digital signing regulations in several European countries.
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