Pentagon to Industry: How Should We do Cloud-based Email for 1.6 Million Employees?
Mr. Konkel provides an overview on the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)’s September notice to industry requesting information on how to move its 1.6 million users to a cloud-based email service. DISA will be a unique test for federal organizations transitioning to cloud services as the vendor must adhere to strict and mission-critical facilities and data security requirements. With the recent OPM security breach, it will be especially important that vendors instill confidence with how their recommended solutions would minimize risks while also keeping DISA instep with advancing industry technology trends.
New Shared Services Organization to be Model for all of DoD
The Joint Information Technology Single Service Provider-Pentagon (JITSSP) is drafting an IT shared services roadmap for the Department of Defense (DoD), reports Mr. Miller. The initiative will require some upfront consolidations within the Pentagon, as well as the identification of future consolidations across DoD in the future. The joint IT office will also gather lessons learned during this initial phase as it plans a rollout for the next set of internal customers. As shown with the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) providing enterprise-wide financial shared services, a DoD-run IT shared services model for internal customers is a promising step to streamline IT architecture and reduce redundancies.