GSA Says New Cloud-based Google Apps Deal Will Save $15 Million Over Five Years

Unisys Nabs $6.7 Million GSA Contract for Google Apps. GSA first federal agency to adopt cloud-based email and collaboration format. Officials estimate 50 percent cost reduction over five years.

December 6, 2010

D.H. Kass

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The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), which oversees IT procurement for federal agencies, said it has awarded Unisys Corp. with a $6.7 million contract to supply 17,000 government employees with Google Inc.’s Google Apps for Government email and collaboration tools, a move GSA officials said will save about $15 million over five years.

The GSA said that the deal, which effectively replaces its on-premise email system, will allow government employees to collaborate and work remotely from any location. The implementation will make the GSA the first federal agency to migrate email to a cloud-based system agency-wide, although other entities previously have done so on a smaller scale, officials said.

The GSA’s award comes hard on the heels of the federal government’s recent directive to agencies to opt for cloud-based technologies, as part of a five-point plan to improve efficiency, cut waste and save money.

“Cloud computing has a demonstrated track record of cost savings and efficiencies,” said Casey Coleman, GSA chief information officer.

“With this award, GSA employees will have a modern, robust email and collaboration platform that better supports our mission and our mobile work force, and costs half as much,” Coleman said.

Under terms of the contract, the GSA’s roster of employees and contractors globally gains access to Google’s Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites. Unisys will provide transition, data migration, training and the Google software, delivered as a service.

GSA officials said that the deal will result in a 50 percent savings calculated over five years when compared to current staffing, infrastructure and contract support costs.

“We applaud GSA for boldly embracing the benefits of cloud computing to improve communications and collaboration across their diverse organization,” said Ted Davies, Unisys Federal Systems president.

In a blog post, Mike Bradshaw, Google Federal Enterprise team director, said that in landing the contract, Unisys won a six-month long competitive request-for-proposal (RFP), in which the GSA evaluated several proposals to replace its on-premise email system.

“Google Apps will bring GSA a continual stream of new and innovative features, helping the agency keep pace with advances in technology in the years ahead,” Bradshaw said.

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