DoD’s big spending plans for cloud aren’t just about JEDI. A final RFP for the department’s $8.2 billion contract for cloud-hosted office and collaboration systems is expected sometime in June.
Marines still aspire to let troops bring their own devices to work, but the corps’ top IT official says its current mobility strategy is “on the wrong trajectory.”
As the Army migrates all its PCs to Windows 10 over the next year, and the Army’s helpdesk isn’t yet equipped to handle the surge of tech support calls.
DoD’s forthcoming update to enterprise email is likely to include several other business collaboration tools, and will be rebranded as the “Defense Office Automation Service.”
Pentagon officials fully acknowledge that they’ve been relatively sluggish adopters of cloud computing, but have continued to maintain that there will always be some applications that are so sensitive that they will never be appropriate for transition to commercial hosting and must stay within the military’s networks.
Mike Krieger, the former Army deputy CIO/G6, retired after 35 years in government. He says the move to email-as-a-service in the cloud provided the Army the roadmap to change how it looks at shared services.
The Army plans to release guidance by the end of March to transition vast repositories of data and processing capacity from Army-owned systems to joint DoD facilities by 2018. The service is on track to close 200 centers by 2015.
Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, the Marines Corps CIO, said the service is updating its network hardware and collapsing five unclassified networks into one. February 13, 2014
After a Pentagon directive “with no escape clause” for all DoD components to migrate to a single email system, Navy and Marine Corps respond by studying the business case for doing so. Officials want to figure out the cost to move to the DISA-run service.
Military services and agencies have 120 days to draft strategies for shutting down their own email systems and migrating to DISA’s enterprise email offering. The DoD CIO ordered the move to begin no later than the first quarter of 2015.