By Stuart McKee, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft State and Local Government
It’s been an exciting year of government cloud deployments here at Microsoft and today the County of Santa Clara is the latest local government to embrace the cloud to save costs, improve operations, and enhance services to residents.
Much like its state and local counterparts in places like Minnesota, California, New York City, and San Francisco, the County of Santa Clara has been working to transform its operations and streamline IT management costs as it improves the quality and efficiency of services to county residents. As part of this effort, Santa Clara County has partnered with Microsoft to bring the benefits of cloud computing to over 15,000 municipal employees. Santa Clara County will migrate its on-premise email, communications and collaboration systems to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 solution, bringing more functionality to employees and consolidating the county’s IT resources in an effort to save taxpayers money.
With so many employees across 26 diverse departments and agencies, the county has looked to Microsoft to provide new tools and collaboration technologies to help better serve their residents. As they begin the move to Office 365, their staff will be able to move forward collaboratively and take advantage of new capabilities to include:
- Better visibility into its IT assets;
- improved mission performance through productivity, unified communications and collaboration tools (Office 365, Lync, UC/Collaboration);
- better governance over and control over IT spending; and
- the ability to leverage buying power as a large organization.
Santa Clara County joins a growing number of cities, counties and agencies that are moving to the cloud with Microsoft. Today millions of state and local government employees—in more than 1,000 unique organizations across 49 states—are using Microsoft’s enterprise cloud offerings. From large state agencies to small municipalities, we’ve added hundreds of state and local customers. To learn more about Microsoft’s solutions to help local governments move to the cloud, visit www.microsoft.com/govcloud.