HUD Opens Its Doors to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Microsoft's government cloud efforts gather momentum as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development clears the way for the use of Dynamics CRM Online at the agency.Add the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the growing list of government agencies eyeing Microsoft's cloud for their mobile productivity initiatives. "Today, we announced an important milestone in helping HUD fulfill its mission as the agency granted an Authority to Operate (ATO) for our Dynamics CRM Online Government cloud," said Amir Capriles, general manager of U.S. Public Sector for Microsoft Dynamics, in an Aug. 5 announcement. Dynamics CRM Online for the U.S. Government officially opened for business on Jan. 6 of this year. "In addition to giving our government customers the assurance they need to transition their business solution workloads to Dynamics CRM Online Government, the HUD ATO confirms Microsoft's solution complies with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program's (FedRAMP) regulations and legislative demands," added Capriles. FedRAMP authorization ensures that cloud service providers that do business with the U.S. federal government adhere to stringent data security, management and governance policies. Over the past few years, Microsoft has been working to get the FedRAMP seal of approval on its Azure cloud-backed business software offerings.
Microsoft isn't the only major enterprise cloud service provider seeking a slice of federal cloud budgets. In April, IBM announced that it had scored a contract from the U.S. Army for a hybrid cloud implementation of its logistics system—Logistics Support Activity, or LOGSA—on the company's FedRAMP-approved cloud. LOGSA processes 40 million unique transactions a day, more than the New York Stock Exchange, according to Big Blue.