In early 2011, former U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and team helped institute a "Cloud First" policy, which aimed to speed up the government’s internal adoption of cloud computing and services. Since then, many government agencies have begun moving their collaboration and productivity applications to the cloud. Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) became the latest to transition, awarding Computer Sciences Corp a contract worth as much as $91 million to implement its cloud productivity solution based on Microsoft Office 360, which includes messaging, calendaring, IMs and webconferencing.
According to Microsoft’s statement, 60,000 FAA employees and 20,000 employees at the Department of Transportation will be migrating to Office 360. The contract, which is for one year service with an option for an additional six years, is somewhat of a big, symbolic win for Microsoft in its ongoing efforts to win control of the government cloud market.