Salesforce Government Cloud gets a Lightning update

Government Cloud has been revamped with the Lightning Experience, which combines the various components of the Lightning platform.
Written by Natalie Gagliordi, Contributor

Salesforce on Thursday announced an update to its Government Cloud that the CRM giant says will help government agencies unify fragmented workflows and modernize antiquated processes.

Specifically, Government Cloud has been revamped with the Lightning Experience, which combines the various components of the Lightning platform, such as an improved user experience, analytics and a loaded partner ecosystem.

Lightning serves as one of the brand's strategic launchpads for serving connected apps and the Internet of Things, which Salesforce often refers to as the "Internet of Customers." Elements of the developer-focused user experience have since been infused into some of the company's cornerstone products, such as Sales Cloud and Service Cloud.

The Lightning brand has been part of the Salesforce ecosystem since October 2014, when the San Francisco-based company announced the Salesforce1 Lightning Framework, a toolkit for developers to build and customize mobile apps. Since then Salesforce has been slowly revamping each of its industry-specific clouds with the Lightning design.

Now with Government Cloud Lightning, government agencies and contractors will gain access to new app-building capabilities for designing mobile communication tools, which in this particular vertical can be used to connect agencies with citizens, employees, partners and suppliers, Salesforce said.

"The launch of Government Cloud Lightning, along with extended compliance standards and enhancements, will empower agencies, the aerospace and defense market, and government contractors to digitally transform and connect with citizens in new ways," said Vivek Kundra, EVP at Salesforce.

In addition to Lightning, Salesforce recently added features from its Analytics Cloud to the Government Cloud FedRAMP Moderate Authority to Operate. Platform encryption was also recently added to Government Cloud to bring an additional layer of security.

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