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Cloud Power or Cloud Compromises: You Choose

Cloud Power or Cloud Compromises: You Choose

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We announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is ready to go live with the premier productivity cloud solution: Microsoft Online Services.  The USDA brings us the food pyramid, organic certification, food safety, and the US Forest Service.  Now, we can return the favor by providing their 120,000 employees with Exchange, SharePoint and Office Communication Server and modernize their IT systems to make their employees more productive.

The USDA has Cloud Power. . . No Compromises, No Surprises

By betting on Microsoft, the USDA gets Cloud Power.  This means they get a world class productivity experience backed by an enterprise class services and support organization that has focused on this business for over 20 years.  There is no compromising and no surprises for the USDA given that Microsoft Online Services meets and exceeds their enterprise needs.  The USDA requires Microsoft to provide offline access which which we do view as a basic not something vendors can expect somewhere down the line.  They get the ability to be big and be nimble, to think big and act fast.  That's Cloud Power!

Productivity Is More Than Cheap Email

The USDA is going live and going live with more than email.  The benefits for the USDA in moving to a cloud service that offers them more is pretty simple: greater Productivity, easier IT management, robust collaboration scenarios, fully integrated web conferencing.  While others have been busy issuing press releases, we have been planning this move with the USDA for the last six months so all 120,000 employees will be able to get the benefits of Exchange, SharePoint and Office Communications Server.  This is the first federal agency to move to the cloud, the first of its size, the first to move beyond basic email, and the first to utilize government mandated security such as ITAR compliance.  This deployment is a bellwether for government cloud deployments and we're humbled to have been selected as the vendor of choice.


Next step, organic certification for Microsoft Online Services. . . just kidding.  Welcome to the cloud USDA!


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