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SAN FRANCISCO, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- (NYSE: CRM), the world's #1 CRM platform, announced today that it has been granted an Authority to Operate (ATO) from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the new Salesforce Government Cloud, which includes both platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS). With this ATO, will be able to further support government organizations who are looking to achieve the significant cost, agility and innovation benefits of cloud computing.

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    --  "Government organizations need to be assured that their IT solutions are
        safe, reliable and trustworthy," said Dave Rey, senior vice president of
        public sector, "With HHS's authorization and our new
        Government Cloud, will give government organizations one
        location for all their cloud solutions. We are helping to build a
        connected government."
    --  "The ability to take work on the go and manage complex projects from
        anywhere is critical to GSA's highly mobile workforce," said Sonny
        Hashmi, acting chief information officer at the U.S. General Services
        Administration (GSA). "GSA uses cloud platforms to run agency-wide
        initiatives like project management, requests for funding and investment
        management, with workflows, approvals and social feeds built in. These
        capabilities help us to better connect with U.S. citizens."

Salesforce Government Cloud has announced its new Government Cloud, planned for availability to customers in June, has been granted an HHS ATO. HHS used the FedRAMP baseline security requirements when granting the ATO. The FedRAMP Program Management Office is currently conducting their completeness review to ensure all FedRAMP documentation requirements were met and expects their review to be complete in June.

Enhanced benefits of the Government Cloud include:

    --  Managed by U.S. citizens located in the U.S., currently pursuing federal
        background checks.
    --  To be utilized by U.S. federal, state and local governments, federally
        funded research and development centers and U.S. government contractors.
    --  Supported by isolated multitenant infrastructure including servers,
        storage, routers, switches and networking.

PaaS and SaaS Authorization

With the HHS ATO for both PaaS and SaaS, public sector organizations can leverage this ATO and use traditional, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) applications from and use the Salesforce1 Platform to customize and extend them with additional functionality, or to build new applications all within the same secure cloud environment. Additionally, they can now develop and run applications over the Internet, eliminating the expense and complexity of evaluating, buying, configuring and managing all the hardware and software needed for custom-built applications.

Growing Public Sector Ecosystem Building Solutions on Salesforce1

Leveraging the Salesforce1 Platform, companies are building new industry-specific technologies that help government organizations to manage their operations in the cloud with the power of social, mobile and connected apps. More than 100 apps from ecosystem partners, including BasicGov, LaunchPad and MB&A Outcome, are available for government organizations on the Salesforce1 AppExchange.

    --  BasicGov Systems offers a comprehensive operations management platform
        that enables governments to cut costs while ensuring the efficient
        delivery of quality services to citizens. They have built an app on the
        Salesforce1 Platform that allows government agencies to streamline all
        aspects of permitting and licensing, helping governments connect with
        citizens in a whole new way.
    --  LaunchPad delivers cloud, social and mobile technology to the workforce,
        economic and community development sectors. Its workforce development
        application allows governments to make employment, economic and
        community development social and mobile, driving job creation.
    --  MB&A Outcome is a veteran owned full life cycle management consulting
        company supporting government organization field services solutions,
        inspections and compliance.

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