State of Texas to Improve Communication and Collaboration by Adopting Office 365 for More Than 100,000 State Employees

 State of Texas to Improve Communication and Collaboration by Adopting Office
                  365 for More Than 100,000 State Employees

Cloud-based productivity service to help state meet CJIS security and HIPAA
privacy requirements.

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 15, 2013

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas Department of
Information Resources is moving to the cloud with Microsoft Office 365 as part
of a statewide IT modernization strategy. Office 365, an always-up-to-date
cloud productivity service, will streamline and improve the state's
communication and collaboration capabilities for more than 100,000 employees,
making it the largest statewide deployment of email and collaboration services
in the U.S. Office 365 has already been deployed across multiple state
agencies, including the Health and Human Services System, Department of
Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Information
Resources, and Department of Insurance, with the Department of Criminal
Justice and Alcoholic Beverage Commission coming on board soon. The move to
Office 365 offers the state significant savings in IT spending because of
greater efficiencies and increased capacity.

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"No other solution provides the rich capabilities of Office 365, including
webconferencing, real-time collaboration, and document and calendar sharing,"
said Todd Kimbriel, director of E-Government for the Texas Department of
Information Resources. "Office 365 will increase efficiency and help our
agencies better serve the needs of citizens without compromising on security
or privacy."

Compliance was an important factor in the state's selection of Office 365.
Several agencies, including Texas' Department of Criminal Justice, Alcoholic
Beverage Commission, Department of Insurance, and Health and Human Services
System, require access to data that is subject to complex security and privacy
regulations.

Texas Department of Information Resources and Microsoft Corp. worked together
to support the state's requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS), in
order to maintain the state's compliance posture and high standards for
security and privacy. Microsoft has made a contractual commitment to the Texas
Department of Information Resources by signing the CJIS Addendum in addition
to a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement. As a result of this partnership,
jurisdictions at all levels within the State of Texas, including cities and
counties, will be able to take advantage of Office 365.

"Microsoft has been a long-standing strategic partner with a commitment to
understanding and addressing the unique requirements law enforcement and
health care practitioners must meet," said Karen Robinson, Department of
Information Resources executive director and State of Texas chief information
officer. "The enterprise-class capabilities of Office 365 and Microsoft's
proven track record gave us the confidence we needed to move to the cloud."

"We've worked hard to provide security and privacy solutions the State of
Texas can trust," said Michael Donlan, vice president for Microsoft's State
and Local Government business. "The familiarity of Office backed by deep
investments in cloud security, privacy and compliance plays an important role
in how Microsoft is enabling city, state and federal agencies to move to the
cloud."

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