The Defense Department‘s main collaboration tool is set to double in size as the department attempts to cut down on travel costs, according to an FCW article.
Mark Rockwell writes Defense Connect Online, a communication tool developed by Adobe and used by the DoD for online instant messaging, chat and audio-video conferencing, has 800,000 users signed up and provides 35 million minutes a month of web-conferencing.
There are currently five million DoD employees that could use the system which is the only collaboration tool used by the DoD and run by the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Emily Timmerman, solutions consultant for Adobe, said DISA had a number of tools it used before 2007 but needed a single offering to consolidate communications.
The system uses a consistent web address from wherever it is accessed which can be advantageous for emergency personnel, according to the article.
The portal is split into public and classified networks and also allows for users to store notes and share documents.