Following its successful transition to a private cloud platform earlier this year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has commenced a migration to Microsoft Office 365.
The government department took out a £50m contract to replace its current Microsoft Office suite by 2017. The department currently employs over 420,000 people, and the price tag of the operations reflect the scale of the upgrade.
MoD Migrates to Microsoft Office 365
During his first year on the job, Stone committed to adopting cloud-based technology. He stated that this was to explore ways to make systems friendlier for operators, and make better use of web access.
Mr. Stone moved to the MoD in 2014 following a career at Mastek, BT, and Defence Business Services.
In addition to these initiatives, a number of other factors were identified to help improve efficiency. These include fast and secure file sharing, better training, and investing in newer models of laptops. The MoD have a total of 30 steps to put in place to enable them to respond quicker, be more flexible, and maintain their tight security standards. Stone said:
“There’s a lot to do, and this is not an overnight fix, but we are on the right path.”
The move to Microsoft Office 365 will be rolled out in three stages. The initial 90,000 users will benefit from the system in 2015. The next 150,000 will follow in 2016, and the remaining 180,000 by the end of 2017. The transfer is likely to be closely scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee. This is after the revelation that the MoD wasted £70m on its recruitment portal. This was as a result of failures in their IT support and management processes.
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