Raj Iyer: Army Completes Migration to Office 365, Google Workspace

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Raj Iyer, chief information officer of the U.S. Army, said the military branch has completed its transition from the Defense Enterprise Email system to Microsoft Office 365 and Google Workspace.

Iyer, a two-time Wash100 awardee, said in a LinkedIn post that the migration enabled the Defense Information Systems Agency to decommission DEE.

In July, Google Workspace received a Department of Defense authorization to handle controlled unclassified information at Impact Level 4.

He announced that the service has moved to discontinue use of Army Knowledge Online and started the process of moving to SharePoint Online by sunsetting hundreds of SharePoint sites.

According to Iyer, the Army has stopped using Unclassified Video Tele Conference worldwide following its move to Microsoft Teams and plans to do the same for Secret VTC in fiscal year 2023.

The military branch has begun divesting more than 70 percent of its desktop hardwired phones and legacy systems as it implements soft phones.

Each of these divestments is resulting in tens of millions of dollars of savings for the Army that we are pumping back in for further modernization efforts,” Iyer said.

He also mentioned plans for whiteboarding capability and intent to adopt smart collaboration tools.

We will be replacing all of the legacy display screens with smart collaboration devices with one-touch joining for Teams meetings,” Iyer noted.

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