Guest post: Salesforce Positions Itself as Government Cloud Supplier, the leading CRM vendor looks to strengthen its position in offering the public sector cloud services when they announced last week their new multi-tenant cloud environment for local, state and federal government agencies.

The Government Cloud is intended to help speed up government agencies transformation into the social era.  The multi-tenant instance will ease the agencies efforts to deploy new social and mobile technologies to meet Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements.

Salesforce also looks to include an application store (AppExchange) for the public sector to find, share or deploy apps that could be seen as beneficial to all agencies efforts. The application marketplace designed by Salesforce looks to produce a competitive market for any application that may be used by government agencies.

Vivek Kundra, Executive VP of Emerging Markets at said in regards to the governmental interest in cloud apps, “The bureaucracy of legacy government IT is preventing agencies from embracing innovative technologies that deliver immediate value. We must end the era where government spends millions of dollars and waits years for IT projects that never work.”

The Obama Administration has taken a number of steps towards moving forward with their IT efforts in what they coined the “cloud first” policy.  The policy intends to simplify the current Information Technology environment to better serve the American public in an organized and responsive manner by going to a cloud environment.

The Government Cloud is set to launch sometime in the third quarter of this year, while the AppExchange is currently available to the public sector.


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