WASHINGTON, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the goal of strengthening its technology investment to transform healthcare, benefits and other services for America's veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has renewed its commitment to Microsoft Corp., entering into a five-year Enterprise Agreement, which will provide the flexibility to best suit users' needs and help optimize the department's technology spend. The comprehensive agreement gives the VA access to all Microsoft's current and emerging technologies, including 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 numerous other products and services, spanning from the desktop to the datacenter and including mobile devices.
"After considerable deliberation and working very closely with Microsoft, we are pleased to have constructed a unique and cost-effective Enterprise License Agreement for a full array of Microsoft products and services," said Charles De Sanno, executive director of Enterprise Systems Engineering for the Department of Veterans Affairs. "This agreement allows VA to continue its longstanding, strategic relationship with Microsoft as a key technology partner while providing value and flexibility for our rapidly changing needs in this new era of datacenter, cloud and mobility."
The VA is one of the largest healthcare organizations in the world and has one of the largest technology systems in the United States with approximately 6,300 IT employees, 175 datacenters, approximately 400,000 desktop computers and more than 100,000 mobile devices. To help meet the agency's goal of providing the best possible service to veterans, the VA focuses on technology priorities, including empowering a mobile workforce and aligning rich datasets across the enterprise to help improve healthcare information and patient outcomes.As a cabinet-level agency second only in size to the Department of Defense, the VA is looking for ways to cut costs and enhance productivity while continuing to improve service to veterans. All of this is accomplished, or aided, by the use of advancing technology. With an increasingly mobile workforce, the VA will use Microsoft technologies to manage multiple devices connecting to the VA's networks and cloud-based platforms.
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