Microsoft Dynamics Cloud-Based Business Solutions Now Available for U.S. Federal Government

   Microsoft Dynamics Cloud-Based Business Solutions Now Available for U.S.
                              Federal Government

A new FISMA-compliant, federal-only, private infrastructure hosted by Layered
Tech is now available.

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 15, 2012

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq "MSFT")
today announced availability of cloud-based Microsoft Dynamics business
solutions designed to meet the unique security and functionality requirements
of U.S. federal government agencies. Delivered in a Federal Information
Security Management Act (FISMA)-compliant, federal-only, infrastructure
environment, these solutions enable government organizations to collaborate,
manage data, improve processes and access actionable business intelligence
while taking advantage of the flexibility, security features, performance and
cost savings of a cloud-based delivery model that is hosted by Microsoft
partner Layered Technologies Inc.


Designed to meet the rigorous National Institute of Standards and Technology
security and control standards required of federal government agencies for
FISMA compliance, the Layered Tech environment includes a single-tenancy
private cloud with dedicated hardware and physical storage for the tightest
security requirements, as well as a federal-only infrastructure environment to
take advantage of increased scalability and efficiency and reduced costs
associated with public cloud computing.

"Government customers can feel confident in a cloud delivery model that meets
federal government mandates such as FISMA and the 'cloud-first' policy," said
Amir Capriles, general manager, U.S. Public Sector for Microsoft Dynamics.
"This environment allows them to achieve the business benefits of cloud
computing while meeting even the most stringent security requirements."

"Our proven success working with government organizations and close
collaboration with the Microsoft Dynamics team has allowed us to deliver a
truly innovative cloud platform," said Brad Hokamp, president of Layered Tech.
"We can now extend security compliance far past the FISMA Moderate solutions
offered by other cloud providers, to keep in step with the government's
intensifying need for the benefits of business solutions delivered through
secure cloud computing."

A diverse set of Microsoft Dynamics solutions will be available on this new
infrastructure, which will enable government agencies to meet their needs,
including case management, workforce management, onboarding, correspondence
and targeted outreach, task management, field inspection, intelligence
gathering, call center interactions, financial management, grants management,
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) management, emergency response, economic
development, jail and offender management, and 311.

Federal government customers are already taking advantage of Microsoft
Dynamics business solutions hosted in the cloud by Layered Tech. One solution
enables federal government customers to effectively fulfill their missions and
remain in compliance with FOIA and the Privacy Act. The solution for tracking
public records requests is one of the only FISMA-certified cloud solutions
available on the market to manage FOIA requirements.

Layered Tech Solutions Advisory Committee
With the launch of a Microsoft Dynamics government cloud solution, Layered
Tech established a Solutions Advisory Committee to enable certified Microsoft
Dynamics partners with years of government experience to rapidly deploy
government cloud solutions, maximizing best practices and lessons learned to
meet the unique needs of government agencies. Several partners are witnessing
the value of Microsoft Dynamics cloud solutions for their customers:

"Layered Tech's new FISMA-compliant Microsoft Dynamics cloud offering is
really exciting for us at Catapult Systems and aligns with a core mission of
providing greater customer value at a lower cost," said Jim Booth, general
manager, Catapult Systems Federal. "By partnering with Layered Tech, Catapult
can now offer a secure and compliant enclave to our government customers. As
security concerns have increased and cost reduction efforts are at the
forefront of every agency, the technology advances at Layered Tech can address
both in a compliant cloud environment. Coupled with the Microsoft Dynamics
application platform for rapid development and Catapult's preconfigured COTS
solutions, lower-cost, more robust complete offerings can be provided to
government agencies for a wide range of solutions, from correspondence to
security escalation and case management."

"This cloud solution provides federal independent software vendors with the
advantage of optimizing 'as-a-service' computing resources to quickly and
cost-effectively build out targeted solutions to support specific federal
agency requirements while reducing infrastructure maintenance and support
costs and delivering a high level of security and regulatory compliance," said
Tom Berger, vice president, Green Beacon. "By offering federal agencies
flexible cloud computing solutions that meet a variety of requirements for
provisioning and acquiring IT services, federal agencies are now able to
optimize their IT spending while improving overall agility."

"The Microsoft Dynamics Government Cloud provides the opportunity to optimize
'as-a-service' computing resources to quickly and cost-effectively deliver
targeted solutions to support specific federal agency requirements," said
Annette Rippert, Federal Services senior executive, Accenture. "Being able to
provide solutions like Accenture's Task Management Tool (TMT) as a service
will reduce infrastructure, maintenance and support costs, while delivering a
high level of security and regulatory compliance."

More information on the availability of new cloud-based Microsoft Dynamics
business solutions built specifically for federal government agencies can be
found here.

About Microsoft Dynamics
Microsoft Dynamics solutions empower your people to be more productive and
your systems to last longer and scale as your organization grows, while
enabling you to derive the insights necessary to respond quickly in an
ever-changing world.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

Contact: Matt Donovan, Merritt Group for Microsoft, +1-703-390-1519
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