Toni Townes-Whitley, president of U.S. regulated industries at Microsoft, said the coronavirus pandemic has prompted regulated-industry companies and governments to accelerate the migration to the cloud as they advance the adoption of collaboration tools and field virtual desktops, Business Insider reported Monday.
"COVID-19 has fast-tracked this modern cloud-technology adoption at speeds that are unprecedented in the history of our nation," she told the publication.
She cited the governmentâ€™s dependence on data and digital tools during the pandemic.
"Relying on digital technology and data has proved to be a necessity â€” not a luxury â€” for government during this time," Townes-Whitley said. "Restarting economies successfully will be a defining moment for government leaders."
According to the report, Townes-Whitley helped Microsoft secure the Department of Defenseâ€™s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract in October 2019 and now helps advance the companyâ€™s efforts to provide cloud platforms to governments and companies in health care and financial services industries.