US Army boldly goes for Enterprise

As part of a drive to improve security and reduce costs, US Army email users are switching to a new communication system, Enterprise Email.

They will soon be joined by email users in other services. About 20,000 soldiers and support staff have already made the move and the US Department of Defense is confident that by the end of 2011 all Army users, together with all DoD personnel assigned to Army posts, will have migrated to Enterprise.

The new system is being provided by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and a number of major, multi-installation migrations are expected to start in June. This will include 10,000 email users at Army headquarters in the Pentagon.
Michael Krieger, Army Deputy Chief Information Officer, recently updated participants at the 2011 Signal General Officer and Senior Executive Summit on progress with the migrations, which involve copying users’ data from their local accounts to Enterprise, usually overnight to minimise operational impact.

“The “Bottom Line Up Front” (BLUF) is we’ve had some challenges but remain on track to migrate the rest of the Army by the end of year,” he said. “And most importantly, feedback from users on enterprise email has been overwhelmingly positive. As of April 1, approximately 2,300 users have been migrated to the DISA-provided email service.  Per the plan, they include personnel from CIO/G-6, NETCOM/9th Sig Command SC(A), 7th Signal Command, and the Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). The new CIO/G-6, LTG Lawrence, and her Senior Enlisted Advisor, Sergeant Major McCrary have been on enterprise email since their arrival. All across the Signal/IT Community, our leaders continue to be completely committed to the cause. This is a good thing because we’ve had to work through a number of challenges.”

The Enterprise system will allow users to have worldwide military email access and allow them to keep their accounts even after transferring to different posts. Instead of accessing email through local servers at each installation, users will now reach through the network to access their email services from the Department of Defense ‘cloud.’


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