Google Plans for More Government Deals

With so many state and local governments strapped for cash, they are looking any way they can to cut corners and save money. Software-as-a-service vendors are seizing upon this opportunity and trying to score some deals to unseat on premises vendors.

Google is one of those companies making a push for government business, one that was delayed because it needed certain certifications. But Datamation notes that now that it has proper certification to keep the feds happy, Google is ready for a big SaaS push.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — This week’s rollout of Google Apps for Government is a major milestone in the search giant’s efforts to win more customers for its cloud apps and to answer the security concerns of potential enterprise customers.

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) said it has become first cloud computing application suite provider to receive Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification and accreditation from the U.S. government, essentially giving government agencies and departments a clear path to adopt the Google suite. Google had to document hundreds of security and other controls to win FISMA certification.

Read the full story at Datamation:

Google’s Government Deal Shows Cloud Promise, Challenges

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