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NMCI Update
By Joseph Cipriano - July-September 2001
Connecting Technology (CT) Spring 2001, May 15-17, 2001 had the honor and pleasure to have Mr. Joseph Cipriano, PEO-IT as a guest speaker. The following is edited from Mr. Cipriano's presentation at CT.

Introduction

I'd like to talk to you about the progress we've made with the Navy Marine Corps Intranet in the last year. The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO) likes to talk about re-purposing our networks as Navywide assets. Previously we treated networks as local assets — assets under the control of a command or a group of commands. The first thing we did was re-purpose that thinking a network is really a Navywide asset and how we should best use it should be determined by the Enterprise although it still must satisfy the needs of all the local users.

Bandwidth on Demand

For a period of time, the Navy had been unable to access access information. We were prevented from doing things we knew we could do, and using applications that we had developed for a Web environment because we did not have the bandwidth to support them. Our first attempts at Web-enabling applications were not very successful; in large part this is still true today. Typically, this is due to bandwidth limitations and problems with routing information to support Web-enabled applications.

We had to eliminate this as a restriction because as we started to look at the business issues of what it costs to provide information technology (IT) to individuals, we found that the cost of bandwidth was about three to five percent of the total cost.

Table 1. Actual Hardware Changes with Market--NMCI Price Remains Fixed.
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