There has been quite a bit of talk over the last few months on just how good Microsoft’s (News - Alert) Office 365 is going to be when it comes to enterprise level businesses. What is actually pretty interesting is just how many other people are going to find Office 365 is the ideal solution to their needs. This is underlined with the recent reveal that Microsoft will be working with longtime government contractor, Lockheed Martin (News - Alert) in order to migrate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from the regular Office suite to the cloud-based platform.
The agency believes that this particular move to Office 365 will mean that their employees will have access to communications and mobility tools and will save a significant amount of money in the long run. In total, the EPA estimates that it will save about $12 million over the course of the four year contract.
"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, in a statement.
The contract will mean that the nearly 25,000 EPA employees will now have access to Office 365 for Government, a brand new section of the Microsoft Office 365 program that gives the government entity its own cloud storage community. The Office 365 for Government suite enables employees to leverage e-mail, calendars, scheduling and collaboration tools for internal and external use. Lockheed Martin will step in and oversee the transition while providing engineering and integration service assistance and the e-mail migration to Office 365 is expected to be complete by the first part of 2013.
Lockheed Martin has been the chief IT provider to the EPA for more than 35 years and Frank Armijo, the vice president of Lockheed Martin Energy Solutions says that this transition to Office 365 shows that Lockheed is continuing in its mission to support the EPA at the highest levels.
Edited by Jamie Epstein