HP Enterprise Services was awarded a $36 million contract for 5 years under the VA’s transformation twenty-one total technology (VA T4) program.
Charles De Sanno, VA’s executive director of enterprise systems engineering, said the move is intended to conserve funds, strengthen capabilities, and improve service for American veterans.
For the first batch, 15,000 personnel will be transitioned into the cloud system. The move will be made in increments until all the contract options are fulfilled.
The move is in compliance with the “cloud first” federal mandate of the Obama administration.
VA hopes that the move will boost agency reliability, security, privacy, and compliance. They also aim to increase personnel productivity, collaboration, and generate savings.
The Microsoft Office 365 for Government offers an isolated community cloud for e-mail, calendars, instant messaging, including Web and video conferencing. It also includes applications for cloud-based Office, Exchange, Lync and SharePoint.