Workers at GSA come one step closer to new, agencywide e-mail

Lotus Domino Mail Server should be
running by the end of December, Herdt said.





General Services Administration officials last month expanded their Lotus cc:Mail
migration pilot from 20 employees of the chief information officer at headquarters to an
additional 30 workers in Arlington, Va., and Boston.


All of GSA’s 14,000 employees eventually will move from cc:Mail messaging
application to Lotus Domino Mail Server and Notes Mail, said Diane L. Herdt, director of
GSA’s Information Infrastructure Center.


E-mail migration is a vital issue that touches every worker, she said, because it is
the one application that nearly everyone uses regularly to stay in touch with other
levels.


“It’s one thing to work at headquarters but another to work in a regional
office,” Herdt said.


The Boston office is headquarters for GSA’s Region 1, serving New England.


Lotus Domino Mail Server will likely be running by the end of December, Herdt said.
Individual network administrators will carry out the migration from cc:Mail clients to
Notes Mail 4.6. It could take until July 1999 to complete, because GSA’s
organizations and regions provide their own technical support, she said.


Users of the GSA Notes mail infrastructure will have the capability to perform
directory searches using aliases or nicknames, such as Bob for Robert, as well as full
names, Herdt said.


Also planned is an extension of cc:Mail’s notification function to Notes Mail, she
said. The pilot users already have requested a change to Notes Mail’s template so
that it will sort e-mail messages in the same order as cc:Mail does, Herdt said.


GSA has had no problems porting Domino Mail Server to Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0
and Novell NetWare, she said.  

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