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Salesforce Launches Government Cloud Lightning Platform, Fosters Government Agencies

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FREMONT, CA: Salesforce, a provider of internet services and solutions, announces the launch of a government cloud lightning platform, which provides government agencies and contractors a component based platform and partner ecosystem to enable building of their own propriety apps. The apps created are used to connect the government agencies to citizens, employees, partners and suppliers.

The services are provided as an enterprise cloud platform designed specifically for federal agencies, government contractors, U.S. Department of Defense organizations, and state and city governments.

Government agencies have struggled with legacy IT systems that are disconnected, inflexible and expensive to maintain. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), agencies have spent approximately $58 billion of their $79 billion IT budgets in 2015 maintaining legacy systems. Also, 72% of people are dissatisfied with their government experiences, and 81% don’t trust the government overall.

The Government Cloud Lighting Platform

The government cloud Lightning platform provides a beautiful, modern, intelligent and personalized experience that is consistent across products and devices. This empowers government employees to streamline the way they communicate and collaborate to drive successful results for their mission.

The platform enables government departments and agencies to quickly build apps for desktops and mobile devices with the drag-and-drop visual interface of Lightning App Builder. And with Lightning Components, government employees now have the building blocks to create modern apps that fit unique requirements.

Salesforce's ecosystem of partners also create and distribute Lightning Components through the Salesforce AppExchange, which gives agencies more ways to customize their existing solutions or rapidly create entirely new applications with drag-and-drop ease. Every agency can now customize their app experiences to surface the most relevant information for their jobs.

Salesforce also announced that it has achieved compliance with two additional sets of government standards: DoD IL2 and NIST SP 800-171. The DoD IL2 grants Government Cloud security approval from the Defense Information System Agency and the NIST SP 800-171 provides requirements for protecting unclassified data. Securing these compliance standards provide Salesforce with more opportunities in the government sector.

“Private sector innovation has changed the way citizens expect to interact with their governments, so providing our customers with modern and secure tools is paramount to increasing citizen satisfaction and engagement,” says Vivek Kundra, executive vice president, Salesforce. “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.” 

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