The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department has teamed up with Microsoft Corp. as part of the agency’s data consolidation and mobility initiative, Microsoft announced today.
The five-year Enterprise License Agreement will provide VA with access to Microsoft technologies in line with its increasing mobile workforce.
VA will utilize these technologies to manage multiple devices connected to the department’s networks and cloud-based platforms to help improve information and patient outcomes.
According to a Microsoft statement, the VA currently has 175 datacenters, 400,000 desktop computers and more than 100,000 mobile devices.
The agreement makes Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft System Center 2012, Bing Maps, the full suite of Microsoft Visual Studio developer tools, and other products and services available for use by the VA.
The department is currently upgrading to Microsoft Lync as well as migrating to Windows 7 and Office 2010 for its desktop environment and is a big user of the Microsoft Office Communications Server.
Additionally, the VA will use the SQL Server database technology for its corporate data warehousing initiatives to consolidate the majority of its analytical data on one platform.
Greg Myers, Microsoft Federal vice president said, Microsoft supports veterans through mobile platforms and big data and collaboration initiatives to help improve claims processing under the Veterans Relationship Management program.