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District Council of Mount Barker

Microsoft cloud technologies overcome big ICT challenges and help two councils work together

As part of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum’s Good Practice Scheme, the District Council of Mt Barker partnered with Kokopo Council, Papua New Guinea, to assist with administration and fund management. Mt Barker realised IT was a big issue, and Kokopo faced huge technological challenges: equipment was basic, IT support expensive and equipment often stolen. There was no way to maintain servers on site, and locals relied on wireless connectivity.

The answer was Microsoft cloud technologies. As well as familiar Microsoft Office software like Word, Excel and Outlook, the two councils employed Microsoft Lync for voice and video calls, remote desktop management and easy file sharing – meaning huge savings on travel while allowing the councils to work closely together. Mt Barker now use Microsoft cloud technologies internally, saying, “It should be the foundation of every future project.”

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Solution Overview

Organization Size: 151 employees

Software and Services
  • Microsoft Office
  • Lync Online

Vertical Industries


Business Need
  • Business Productivity
  • Cost Containment
  • Cloud & Server Platform

IT Issue
  • Cloud Services
  • High Availability