Unisys launches turnkey cloud services
- By Sara Friedman
- Jul 24, 2017
To help state and local government agencies take advantage of efficiencies offered by the cloud, Unisys has launched Digital Government Accelerators, a suite of best practices and tools to help agencies transform their digital operations.
The Accelerators include turnkey solutions for rapid cloud deployment; digital services optimization; permitting, licensing and compliance; and hybrid Office 365 deployment.
“Over the past two years, we have learned and gained understanding through research across all of our regions on how government struggles to find new, innovative ways to do business,” Director of Digital Government at Unisys Public Sector Shawn Kingsberry told GCN. “This is an easy way for them to consume information, socialize it and drive realization and value to government agencies, which then provides value to the citizens.”
The rapid cloud deployment service lets agencies orchestrate the administration, governance and security of private, public and hybrid clouds from a variety of providers through asset management, catalog and monitoring capabilities.
For digital services optimization, Unisys augments ServiceNow's ServiceWatch suite of application and infrastructure tools to help agencies get visibility into their systems, detect anomalies and prevent digital services outages.
The permitting, licensing and compliance accelerator uses CSDC Systems’ AMANDA platform to automate and integrate workflows to support reviews, renewals, audits, legal actions and compliance activities. AMANDA is currently being used by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, a Unisys client.
To make it cost effective for agencies, Unisys offers the digital accelerators via an operational expense model rather than as a capital expense.
“You do need to set up a defined number of seats to get the cost down, and we do all of the road mapping, strategic planning and execution,” Kingsberry said. “In the [Hybrid 365] model, we are roughly starting off with 5,000 seats so customers can see roughly the amount of time that it would take to stand up the environment and move forward.”
Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.
Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.
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