Army CIO/G6 Susan Lawrence retires

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Army Chief Information Office and G6 Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence is leaving her position, posting a final message online on Oct. 1.

In it, Lawrence--who became the CIO on March 2, 2011--says the last 3 years have seen the reduction of Army centers and a winnowing of the number of applications utilized by the service. More than 800 "data processing locations" exist, she says, but as of September, the Army has completely closed down more than 70 percent of the data centers targeted for closure, and identified more them 1,800 applications for retirement.

Lawrence's tenure also saw the service migrating to a departmentwide Microsoft Exchange cloud solution for email--an effort that wasn't without challenge, leading Lawrence in August 2011 to announce an operational pause. "We uncovered some pretty nasty stuff," said Lawrence at the time, citing an unorganized network as the primary culprit for the delay.

For more:
- read Lawrence's farewell blog post

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