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Accenture and Catapult On Board
Microsoft lined up government agency partners to sing the praises of its new solution. Jim Booth, general manager for Federal at Catapult Systems, explained that the technology advances that Layered Tech has developed are especially important. They address the special security concerns related to using a compliant cloud environment, and at the same time, they help satisfy cost reduction requirements that are facing virtually every government agency.
"Coupled with the Microsoft Dynamics application platform for rapid development and Catapult's preconfigured [commercial off-the-shelf] solutions, lower-cost, more robust complete offerings can be provided to government agencies for a wide range of solutions, from correspondence to security escalation and case management," Booth said.
Annette Rippert, Federal Services senior executive at Accenture, said the Microsoft Dynamics Government Cloud provides the opportunity to optimize 'as-a-service' computing resources to quickly and cost-effectively deliver targeted solutions to support specific federal agency requirements.
"Being able to provide solutions like Accenture's Task Management Tool as a service will reduce infrastructure, maintenance and support costs, while delivering a high level of security and regulatory compliance ," she said.
Google Competition Pushing Microsoft?
Google has also been making strides to serve the vast government market with its own secure cloud solutions, and some think that effort has been motivating Microsoft to refocus, before losing ground.
"Typically Microsoft brings out general solutions and lets partners customize them for individual markets," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. "But Google's focus on government appears to have driven [Microsoft] to an impressive effort to create a solution specifically designed to meet federal government needs."
He sees Dynamics as a very solid offering, one which he doubts "would have existed had Google not attempted to attack this market first."