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December 9, 2010

USDA joins Microsoft Cloud-Enterprise Messaging Service

E-mail, webconferencing, document collaboration and instant messaging

By CBR Staff Writer

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender, said that it was going live with a commercial cloud service offering for its Enterprise Messaging Service with Microsoft.

USDA’s move to cloud is for its Enterprise Messaging Service (EMS), which includes e-mail, webconferencing, document collaboration and instant messaging.

This migration is the culmination of USDA’s effort to streamline agency messaging, reduce costs and improve efficiencies that build on existing infrastructure and allow USDA to extend its on-premise software investments agreements to the cloud offering.

The software-as-a-service deployment will include Microsoft Exchange Online for messaging and calendaring, Microsoft Office SharePoint Online for document collaboration, Microsoft Office Communications Online for instant messaging and Microsoft Office Live Meeting for webconferencing.

USDA expects to move employees within the next four weeks and has granted Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Authorisation to Operate (ATO) for the Microsoft cloud infrastructure.

USDA agencies of all sizes will leverage enterprise collaborative capabilities such as global address lists, full calendar synchronisation, integrated voice mail and e-mail, delegated administration, read receipts, distribution lists, and offline capabilities.

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