Explore cloud-ready options
Whether your agency is ready for the cloud now or planning for the future, SharePoint gives you freedom of choice. You can leverage your existing investments in Microsoft products to move to the cloud and have the option of an on-premises software solution or a public/private cloud services solution in any combination that works best for your specific requirements.
Microsoft provides the full range of hosting options and reliable application management your agency needs to reduce its infrastructure footprint and IT expenses. The Microsoft public cloud can handle most of your everyday SharePoint workloads, and Microsoft private cloud offerings and on-premises hosting may be the most effective approach for your more complex, mission-critical operations.
Enjoy robust content management
SharePoint automates processes to let you quickly author, publish, and manage sites, and the technology supports self-service features for internal users and constituents. Agency staff can take advantage of flexible records management support with hierarchical file plans and enhanced reporting and auditing. Compliance features let you apply policy or classify content based on properties, differentiate between documents and records, and apply holds to content throughout the entire repository. Remote users can easily search for documents and for people across the organization, the same way they search the web, and can work on documents from almost anywhere using Office Web Apps.
With the SharePoint family of products, your organization can share important resources to help keep teams in sync and to manage projects efficiently, wherever they are.
Make the most of seamless collaboration and communication tools
By letting staff work in ways that are most effective for them, SharePoint enables rich, real-time collaboration in pursuit of agency goals, whether people are offline or connected to the network with a PC or a mobile device. SharePoint Online is completely integrated with Office, Exchange, and Lync to help your teleworkers collaborate across geographies. And with SharePoint Online, included with the Office 365 subscription service, your agency gains a comprehensive suite of collaboration and communication tools designed specifically for the cloud.
Remote users can benefit from SharePoint Workspace and the Office Upload Center. You can take your entire site offline for mobile employees with a single click, and Information Rights Management provides added protection for your data.
Discover an agile, interoperable infrastructure
To meet requirements like Gov 2.0 social networking and the Open Government Directive, you need a platform that’s as agile as you are. Whether you’re building a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request portal, a citizen participation portal, or an Open Government site to expose important information and services to the public, SharePoint technologies can help.
Many organizations still have legacy applications, so Microsoft has invested significantly in interoperability with other vendors. Because the SharePoint collaboration platform can be deployed across all types of sites—as part of your intranet, extranet, or Internet—your IT department can realize significant cost savings by using a single platform to address your agency’s diverse needs.