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Army Plans Massive E-mail Consolidation
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Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 11 March 2010 19:17

From InformationWeek

The multi-year, $243 million project is part of a larger IT transformation effort, and could spark military-wide e-mail consolidation.

The Army plans to migrate almost 250,000 users currently using numerous, separate e-mail systems onto a single enterprise messaging and collaboration managed service over the next two years, according to new procurement documents released this week.

A draft request for proposals pegs the possible price of the initial five-year contract for migration and subsequent management as topping out at $243 million. According to a draft migration plan, the Army will begin moving users to the new system beginning in November, and hopes to complete the consolidation effort by April 2012, when it wraps up the migration at Fort Myer, Va.

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Currently, the Army spends a whopping $400 million annually on e-mail, largely due to the administrative and support challenges of operating 15 separate Active Directory forests (one for the continental United States, another for the Army Corps of Engineers, another for soldiers in Korea, etc.) that run separate instances and in some cases different versions of Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory, and facilitating e-mail for 300 sites and 950,000 users worldwide across the Army's classified and unclassified networks.

In today's environment, soldiers are often unable to share calendars and access e-mail when mobile, hardware is underutilized, managers are unable to have a single view of service availability, and services and administrative responsibilities are duplicated several times over.   [More...] [Comments...]



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