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By CIO/G-6   on 1/5/2012 2:27 PM

On December 31, 2011 President Obama signed the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). As you know, the law contains language that affects the Army’s migration to Enterprise Email. Here’s what we expect to happen over the next several months as a result.

The NDAA requires the Secretary of the Army to designate Enterprise Email a formal acquisition program with the Army Acquisition Executive as the milestone decision authority. In addition, the Secretary must submit a report to the congressional defense committees regarding program specifics, including requirements, an analysis of alternatives and expected costs and savings.

The Army may not expend any FY12 funds on migration to Enterprise Email until 30 days after the required report is delivered to Congress. However, the NDAA permits sustainment and maintenance of already migrated accounts and the day-to-day provisioning of new mailboxes/accounts in organizations that have completed migration.

By CIO/G-6   on 11/1/2011 10:27 AM

October was the biggest month yet for Enterprise Email and the best is yet to come. The 76,000 migrations in October bring the Army total to nearly 200K users, or 20% of our planned migration to the DISA hosted Email service. Over 22,000 of these users also carry Blackberries. Migrations are going very smoothly as we continue to leverage the lessons learned and improve procedures developed during the pause taken earlier this year. I'm pleased to say the feedback continues to be mostly positive as more people experience the benefits of EE. Consider this note I received earlier in the month from Colonel Chuck Ames while in Southwest Asia. He highlights the convenience of having a single identity on the network.

By CIO/G-6   on 1/26/2011 1:49 PM

Krieger portraitArmy Enterprise Email migration will soon be underway as the final testing nears completion.   The migration for CIO/G-6 and headquarters elements at NETCOM and RDECOM is now scheduled to begin Feb. 15.   CIO/G-6, DISA, NETCOM and 7th Signal Command leaders advised adjusting the scheduled start date to reduce the operational impact of the migration. We remain on target for achieving our overall goal to complete migration by Dec 31, 2011.

We have completed the Outlook Web Access test with no significant issues. NETCOM also recently hosted a week-long training session for the S6, G6 and NEC personnel who will lead the migration in the field. 
 
The bottom line is we will move forward with Enterprise Email only when we are confident it is ready. I encourage you to post comments and to follow the latest Enterprise Email information available at https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/646647.
 
- Mike Krieger
By CIO/G-6   on 1/5/2011 12:34 PM

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Happy New Year! 2011 will be significant and dynamic for Army IT leaders and users around the world. The Army is leading the change in how our fighting force—and ultimately all of DoD—receive and send information. 

This year, Army email users will migrate to a Microsoft 2010 Enterprise Exchange managed email service—hosted by the Defense Information Systems Agency. Instead of obtaining email from local email servers at each installation, the Army will use email services from the DoD private cloud.  The Army is the first service to migrate to Enterprise Email as part of a larger DoD effort. The goal is to improve capabilities and security, while simultaneously reducing costs.  



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