The Public Sector

Taking government services to the cloud. Securely.

Today, government organizations are faced with unprecedented challenges. The rapid pace of change in IT is driving expectations; and governments are expected to innovate and adapt at the same pace as the private sector in the use of cloud, mobile, social, and other evolving technologies. In addition governments are now expected to engage across agencies, with the private sector, and with citizens in a highly efficient, yet highly secure, technology environment.

All this has to be achieved within a framework of increased budgetary pressures, greater financial accountability, increasing performance expectations, without sacrificing the integrity of the U.S. government and the taxpayers' privacy.

Government "cloud" promises increased efficiency, lower costs, improved transparency and greater accountability. However, Government cloud also means greater accountability including the high demands existing and new standards such as FISMA, FedRAMP, and FIPS. Several new Federal and State Government policies direct administrations to leverage the cloud and other capabilities, such as the Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX) or to follow the Cloud Broker IT service model in the delivery of technology to government programs.

Unfortunately, some government departments have already found out the hard way that some cloud-based solutions are poorly architected and implemented, and use proprietary technology and protocols. This means they require extensive custom work to handle complex government requirements, making it impossible to realize the primary objectives of improving services while reducing operational costs.

For these reasons, government departments and agencies are quite rightly taking great care and planning in making the move to the cloud by asking questions such as:

  • What is required for agencies to rapidly evolve an existing technical architecture from an on-premises model to the cloud?
  • How can I make my data more available and more secure at the same time?
  • As identity ecosystems emerge in the government space how does this impact my business and how do I manage this change?
  • If my IT organization is expected to transform into a "Cloud Broker" what does it take to succeed and what benefits are created for my stakeholders?

Complicating the decision-making and planning process is the need to adapt long-standing technical infrastructures to new models that seamlessly include Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud models and deliver IT as a service.

Covisint's cloud-based platform is unique because it is has been designed from the ground up to meet the needs of large, multi-national organizations to securely collaborate and exchange confidential, high-value information with an ecosystem of customers, business partners, suppliers, and employees. With over 13 years of experience in managing these complex environments, Covisint is now an acknowledged leader in identity and access management, and can offer a standards-based solution which has the proven ability to operate at enterprise scale.

As a result, Covisint is uniquely able to provide government agencies with the same level of IT innovation, scalability, and flexibility as the best performing private sector organizations:

  • Since we were "born in the cloud", and purpose built to support demanding global industries, we can support the unique needs of large and complex organizations.
  • Customers benefit from very low startup costs, predictable monthly expenses, and extremely fast ‘time-to-value' (measured in days and weeks, rather than months and years for an on-premise solution).
  • Our platform handles high-volume transaction activity and does so for complex, geographically dispersed enterprises, while maintaining the levels of security and reliability required to support mission-critical processes.
  • Our services comply with the highest U.S. and international security standards such as SOC II, PCI, HIPAA, and SAS 70; and we have begun the process to obtain FedRAMP certification as a government Cloud Service Provider.

Covisint provides secure control in the cloud that makes discovery, provisioning, consumption, and monitoring of cloud services possible. We have proved our value in connecting across multiple security domains composed of legacy COTS, ERP, custom, cloud, and mobile capabilities.

Industry analysts recognize Covisint as "the granddaddy of all cloud IAM providers"; and our track record and longevity are testament to our leadership in our field.


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Events and Webinars

  • August:

    Gartner Catalyst ConferenceSan Diego, CA — August 11 - 14, 2014
  • November:

    Gartner IAM

    Las Vegas, NV — November 17 - 19, 2014