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2018 - Planning
The planning phase identified critical success factors for deployment. It involved statewide analysis of expenditures, negotiating funding/procurement, environmental analysis (identify licensing, software, and processes requiring change), research of best practices, and outreach to agency IRM’s/ISO’s and other states already using Office 365.
2019 -, O365 Phase One Agency Onboarding and Governance
In January 2019 the email domain for all State of Delaware employees changed to First Quarter 2019 DTI piloted and documented O365 transition tasks and the initial Governance Committee formed. Office 365 Phase One encompassed staff enrollment to Multi-Factor Authentication, migration to Exchange Online, deployment of Office 365 ProPlus, and voicemail transfer for employees on Exchange UM to Cisco Voicemail. The Office of Defense Services and Department of Labor were the first two agencies to complete Phase One O365 migration in June 2019. A total of 21 agencies completed the O365 onboarding process in 2019 and an additional 6 agencies began the process.
The COVID-19 pandemic created significant change in both our work and personal environments, however the O365 project teams continued to focus on Phase I Agency onboarding and in the latter half of the year, enablement of Teams, OneDrive, and Office for the Web, Phase II services. By year-end only three Agencies and two Divisions remained to complete Phase I; and, over 12,000 employees were enabled with Phase II collaborative services.
O365 Phase I and Phase II Onboarding of agencies was completed in September 2021. On October 25, Teams officially replaced Skype for Business as SfB was formally retired for State agencies. In November 2021, MyHub AvePoint Governance was implemented for DTI and will be enabled for State agencies in 2022. The migration of SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint Online (end-of-life scenarios) was completed in December 2021. Several Microsoft products and O365 enhancements were introduced over the year; Teams Live Events, Shifts, Forms, and archive mailbox services.

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