The Interior Department expects to migrate 92,000 employees to a single cloud-based email system by December, according to a senior agency official.
Interior awarded a $35 million contract for cloud email and collaboration tools to Ohio-based Onix Networking Corp, according to an announcement on fbo.gov. The Google Apps for Government solution will also provide employees with instant messaging, desktop video conferencing, web-based collaboration systems and email on their mobile devices.
“That is one of our first big enterprise services that we hope we can ramp up quickly,” Andrew Jackson, deputy assistant secretary for technology, information and business services, said in an interview. “There will be a dedicated group that is launching and migrating and implementing the enterprise services.”
The award comes more than a year after a contentious battle between Google and Microsoft for Interior’s business.