Lockheed Martin and Microsoft have won a $9.8 million contract to shift the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Microsoft Office 365, a new system that is expected to save approximately $12 million over the four-year contract period.
“EPA and Lockheed Martin have a long and productive relationship. I am excited to have them assist us in transforming the way our employees work and collaborate with one another,” said Malcolm Jackson, Assistant Administrator for Environmental Information and Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based collaboration and communication service, and this transition will improve EPA employees’ access to communications and mobility tools, offering EPA a significant cost savings.
Under the contract, about 25,000 users of EPA e-mail will be transitioned to Office 365 for Government, a new multi-tenant service that stores U.S. government data in a segregated community cloud and includes e-mail, calendars, scheduling, and collaboration tools for internal and external use. The primary e-mail migration will be completed in early 2013.
“The EPA will continue to lead the pack on environmental stewardship, and moving an IT environment to the cloud is a natural part of that,” said Greg Myers, vice president of Microsoft Federal.
“There is tremendous potential in the cloud, not only for transforming the way government employees work, but also for helping agencies meet their environmental and energy efficiency goals. Microsoft cloud services are backed by the latest innovations in data center design and energy efficiency, providing agencies with a unique opportunity to reduce their energy consumption, generate cost savings, and reduce the environmental impact of their overall technology footprint.”
Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, has several cloud services like the proven Solutions as a Service (SolaSTM) secure cloud delivery innovation. They will manage the migration and provide engineering and ongoing integration services, as well as provide comprehensive services to utility and commercial customers.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft delivers a variety of technologies, including private, public, and government community cloud offerings, as well as on premise solutions and hybrid architectures.
Read WashingtonExec‘s interview with Greg Myers about mobility, I Don’t Think the Government Should Wait, from earlier this year.