Army hits milestone in e-mail migration

The Defense Information Systems Agency and the Army have established accounts for more than a half million Army users of the Defense Department's Enterprise E-mail program, DISA said in an Aug. 20 news release posted on its website.

Another half-million users from Army Knowledge Online are scheduled for transfer to the Microsoft Exchange-based system in February 2013, the agency said. The Army migration to DOD Enterprise E-mail is scheduled to be completed by March 2013.

The Army is the first DOD component for the joint DOD Enterprise E-mail program, which is hosted in DISA's cloud. The Army migration to the program "lays the foundation for implementation of other enterprise services," DISA Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins said in the news release.

In addition to the Army, a number of other users from the Joint Staff, U.S. European Command and DISA also have migrated to the DOD Enterprise E-mail, the news release said.
 
The military service expects to save nearly $380 million through fiscal year 2017 on the Enterprise E-mail program, according to the Enterprise E-mail Army Service Acquisition report, which the Army submitted to Congress in February 2012, the news release said.

 

Reader Comments

Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Earlier Defense Systems reported that the Army over-estimated enterprise e-mail savings. http://defensesystems.com/Articles/2012/04/02/Army-releases-NDAA-Congress-enterprise-email-report.aspx?Page=1 Recently the Defense Department’s Office of the Assistant Inspector General for Audit Policy and Oversight found DISA’s Office of Inspector General had “significant deficiencies” in complying with its system of quality control. http://www.dodig.mil/Audit/reports/fy12/apo/DODIG-2012-116.pdf So this calls into question the estimated savings being reported. Also the original cost comparison to commercial hosted options that was used in the decision process may warrant additional review for accuracy.

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