Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Continues through June at NCI at Frederick

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer, and Dave Oxenford, Guest Writer; photo by Richard Frederickson, Staff Photographer
Woman teaching class.

Terri Shaffer of Software Solutions presents a day-long course on Office 365 at the Advanced Technology Research Facility. Data Management Services has scheduled additional training courses through July.

The latest Microsoft suite, Office 365 (O365), is being deployed to all NCI at Frederick computers during the months of May and June to comply with federal mandates.

The suite includes the latest versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Skype for Business, along with cloud-based capabilities. These cloud-based capabilities will help meet the federal mandates that require all Health and Human Services operating divisions to migrate e-mail to the cloud by the end of 2016.

The cloud refers to web-based computing services hosted outside of your organization and no longer residing on a physical server. This online infrastructure can be accessed on virtually any device with an Internet connection.

What Can Employees Expect?

O365 has been deployed to a large number of employees campus wide. The remaining employees will be migrating to the new service within the coming weeks based on a pre-determined schedule. You will receive notification the week before your building is set to be migrated to the new platform, and O365 will deploy on Tuesday of the following week.

O365 services will run similarly to those of Office 2010, with some minor changes. To better aid you in this migration, training classes have been scheduled through July, hosted by Data Management Services. You can also self-service with Quick Start Guides (located at the bottom of the webpage) for both PCs and Macs. 

Dave Oxenford is team lead, Frederick Helpdesk, Data Management Services.
Microsoft Office 365 graphics courtesy of Data Management Services.