15,000 city employees on O365

22 October 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Let me know if this sounds familiar: you work for a government organization and have been tasked to modernize your workforce, even though your budget has decreased over the past few years. While the task may seem daunting, the good news is that you’re not alone, and this is an issue that many public sector organizations around the world are facing right now. So, what do you do?

While there are numerous ways to accomplish this, one that continues to appeal to government organizations across the globe is cloud computing, for not only its cost-saving benefits, but also the gains in worker productivity that can be realized. Today I’m excited to share an example coming out of the United States. The County of Santa Clara, California, recently moved more than 15,000 employees to Microsoft Office 365 for email, communication, and collaboration solutions. And, since making the move to the cloud, the County, like many others in the United States, is seeing potential in the cloud for big improvements to its operations. Where the county’s 26 departments and agencies previously relied upon disjointed and isolated IT systems, the move has brought together all of the groups under a single platform. As a result, staff will now have better visibility into IT assets and services, can work more collaboratively and efficiently, and the county will have better control over its IT spending overall.

To learn more, I invite you to check out the Bright Side of Government blog post written by my colleague Stuart McKee, or read the press release for more details.

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Michele Bedford Thistle
Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

About the Author

Michele Bedford Thistle | Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Michele is focused on sharing stories from government customers creating real impact for citizens, employees, economies, and students. She joined the worldwide team from Microsoft Canada, where she was also marketing lead for several technology start-ups.