Microsoft said that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has inked a new five year enterprise agreement revolving around the software giant's technologies.
The VA, which focuses on healthcare for veterans, has been a big Petri dish for e-health initiatives. The renewed deal with Microsoft gives the VA access to Windows 7, Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, SharePoint 2010, Dynamics CRM, System Center 2012 and mapping and developer tools.
By the numbers, the VA represents a massive reference customer for Microsoft. To wit:
- The VA has 6,300 IT employees;
- 175 data centers;
- 400,000 desktops;
- 100,000 mobile devices.
With those numbers, the VA is obviously pushing efficiency in an effort to cut costs. The VA is currently upgrading to Microsoft Lync, moving to Windows 7 and becoming an early Windows 8 adopter.