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- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- The Truth About IT Opex and Software Defined Networking
- Value of Health IT
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Agriculture Dept. planting new collaboration tool
Tuesday - 12/7/2010, 6:00am EST
The USDA is moving some of its collaboration tools -- including email and document sharing -- to a new cloud infrastructure to save money and improve efficiency. CIO Chris Smith says the move will consolidate 21 different messaging and collaboration systems into one.
"This is really about increasing collaboration and communications across the breadth of 120,000 users in 5,000 offices across the country and 100 countries around the globe to better deliver on the USDA's mission," Smith said in a statement.
Government Computer News says the move to Microsoft is another indication of a growing trend by agencies to turn to cloud services while the economy is weak.
The USDA plans to start the shift within the next four weeks. The deployment will include Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft Office SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Communications Online and Microsoft Office Live Meeting.