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Exclusive Look at FBI's New Sentinel System 27

gManZboy writes "Six years and $450 million into the project, the FBI's Sentinel case-management system appears to be almost ready for deployment. Sentinel aims to replace a hodge-podge of digital and paper processes with purely digital workflows, helping FBI agents collaborate and "connect the dots" on investigations. The question now is how well the problem-plagued system will live up to those expectations. FBI CIO Chad Fulgham demonstrated Sentinel for InformationWeek on March 28, the first time the agency has shown its new case-management system to an outsider. 'This isn't just a case-management system. It's a great platform to grow on,' Fulgham said during the demo at FBI headquarters. The agency's IT team plans to move other apps over to Sentinel, giving them a similar look and feel on the same underlying hardware."
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Exclusive Look at FBI's New Sentinel System

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  • by busyqth ( 2566075 ) on Sunday April 01, 2012 @01:40PM (#39541845)

    The user dashboard loosely resembles Microsoft Outlook

    Well see now they're behind the curve again and they are going to have to redo the whole system as a giant screen covered with monochromatic rectangles containing enigmatic ideograms in order to keep up with the 21st century.

  • April Fools (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 01, 2012 @01:45PM (#39541871)

    The government could never pull this off.

  • by million_monkeys ( 2480792 ) on Sunday April 01, 2012 @01:52PM (#39541925)

    I totally believed this was a legitimate story until I got to the last paragraph:

    The official word from the FBI is that the system will be launched "in the summer." Fulgham expressed confidence that Sentinel will not only work as advertised, but even come in a few million dollars under its $451 million budget. But if there are any last-minute glitches, Fulgham won't be around to fix them. Let's hope he's not needed.

    I was willing to accept that the government managed to produce a functional, apparently well received and highly usable system. But a government project that came in under budget? That's pushing credibility a bit too far.

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