The SHAPE Director of Management (DOM) and Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) staff signed the Initial Operational Capability (IOC) of the NATO Information Portal (NIP) on 24 April 2016.
On 24 April 2016, the implementation and configuration of the NIP pilot site (SHAPE) was completed, and IOC was achieved. This milestone represents the first important step towards reaching the full roll-out of all Bi-Strategic Commands (Bi-SC) NIP sites. NIP basic functionalities are now available online. Allied Command Operations (ACO) IKM staff will start publishing the initial content in the coming weeks.
What is the NATO Information Portal?
The NATO Information Portal project is a web-based application that enables Bi-SC Automated Information System (AIS) network users to publish and maintain web content across commands and specific communities of interest. The NIP offers dynamic web pages that pull last available content through automatic queries from the "authoring" space instead of static textual pages. The NIP will provide new functionalities such as improved web hosting capabilities, improved federated search, web interfaces to data handling systems (DHS) and tasker tracker enterprises (TTEs). It will also provide social computing/networking functionalities. The NIP will not offer new document and tasker handling capabilities until a new project from the Capability Package 150 (CP 150) renews the DHS and TTE baseline.
When authorized, the intention of the Nations was to leverage the NIP to:
- standardize and centralize a Bi-SC Information and Knowledge Management tool; the initial scope of the project is the Operational Network (ON), while the new project P100 will mirror same NIP functionalities on the Private Business Network (PBN) in 2017-2020;
- offer NATO Functional Area Services (FAS) service-oriented, on-demand web hosting capabilities and a multi-tenant environment; the initial scope of the project is the delivery of a web hosting and multi-tenant environment, until a new project from CP150 enhances interoperability online services in accordance with the STANAG 4774 and the STANAG 4778 (2018-2020 time period, following the IKM Tools Programme's roadmap).
The NIP is managed by MAJ Franck Bougeant, Project Manager of the Core Enterprise Services Service Lines (CES-SL), IKM Section. The NIP platform is based on SharePoint 2013 technology and implemented in the Mons Data Centre as the central farm, with real-time data replication to the Naples Data Centre. The geo-replication will be active by the end of May. The NIP project was awarded to a US Company, Creative Information Technology Inc., in 2014