Office 365 approved for purchase by the Department of Defense for e-mail and calendaring, unified capabilities and collaboration

21 October 2013 | Curt Kolcun, Vice President, U.S. Public Sector
The U.S. Army PEO EIS has awarded 50k seats of Microsoft Office 365 to Microsoft and Dell for Cloud Services, including e-mail and calendaring, Office Web Apps, unified capabilities like Microsoft Lync, and collaboration tools like SharePoint. The Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) is available to any Department of Defense (DoD) Service, agency and mission partner without additional competitive process. This opportunity gives Microsoft the ability to work with civilian agencies and federal entities at all levels to provide commercial cloud services, opening up new mobile opportunities.
 
Adopting Office 365 is a significant step forward for the Department of Defense in fulfilling the DoD Cloud Computing Strategy of leveraging commercial cloud services. Securely combining commercial and government services demonstrates the Army’s commitment to build on the successful DoD Enterprise Email (DEE) initiative. The single authoritative identity management capability enabled by DEE provides the ability to take advantage of O365 and other enterprise services. 
 
I’m thrilled that the Department of Defense has chosen Microsoft for commercial cloud services.  Office 365, combined with the existing solutions available from DISA, will offer a powerful range of capabilities that will increase mission effectiveness and reduce costs.  This reflects how the DoD is evolving and advancing to create the best economies of scale in a cost effective manner.  All DoD services, agencies and mission partners will be able to use an on premises, cloud or hybrid solution to best meet their needs.
 
Microsoft has a long history of partnering with the Department of Defense.  In November 2012, the  Army, Air Force and DISA expanded access to Microsoft solutions in a contract-partnership that ensures standardization, interoperability, and security through modernized technology infrastructure and virtualization that reduces costs and fosters new levels of cross-agency collaboration. This September, Microsoft announced that Lync 2013 became JITC certified, which allows DoD organizations to connect Lync 2013 to the DoD’s information network.
 
Even the recent announcement that Microsoft has received a FedRAMP JAB P-ATO for Windows Azure and cloud infrastructure demonstrates the scope of Microsoft’s cloud platform and is evidence that we can provide the secure capabilities our customers’ mission critical work requires. It’s the consistency, security and deep capabilities that we’ve provided with the DISA hosted Exchange platform, our O365 cloud, our JITC-certified unified communications platform, and now our JAB P-ATO for Windows Azure that sets us apart. Working together, these form the integrated capabilities for the Windows Server and SQL solutions that our customers are using.  Microsoft is the only vendor providing this level of commitment and the proven track record of government certifications across our products to deliver mission critical capability. 
 
Our cloud solutions are becoming the choice across our public sector organizations who recognize the essential importance of security and reliability for their organizations.  Currently over a million state, local and federal government employees are using Office 365 and today’s announcement builds on many marquee wins for Microsoft with other municipalities and organizations.  Examples of this include the City of San Jose; the City of San Francisco; Santa Clara County, CA; Chicago, IL; and Kansas City, MO.  It also includes states like New York, California and Texas, and agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; NIST, the FAA, the USDA and Kentucky Education. 
 
No organization deserves a more enterprise- and security-ready approach than the Department of Defense.  This announcement today shows that when it comes to enterprise computing, Microsoft is up to the task.
 
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Curt Kolcun
Vice President, U.S. Public Sector

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Curt Kolcun | Vice President, U.S. Public Sector

Curt Kolcun is responsible for sales, contracting, citizenship and marketing efforts for Microsoft’s U.S. government, education, and public sector healthcare markets. Read more