New Group of Government and Education Organizations Move to the Cloud With Microsoft Office 365

  New Group of Government and Education Organizations Move to the Cloud With
                             Microsoft Office 365

From Kansas City to the University of Miami, customers cite cost savings,
modernization and efficiency benefits of cloud-based productivity and
collaboration.

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., March 27, 2013

REDMOND, Wash., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --At the annual Microsoft U.S.
Public Sector CIO Summit today, Microsoft Corp. announced eight government and
education organizations that have chosen to adopt the Microsoft Office 365
cloud productivity platform to reduce costs, improve collaboration and
modernize their technology infrastructures. Microsoft's rapidly expanding
community of public sector cloud customers now includes the City of Kansas
City, Mo.; the City of Seattle; the University of Miami; California State
University, Sacramento (Sacramento State); the University of Colorado Colorado
Springs; the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; Dupage County; and
King County, Wash. 

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"Our mission is to provide the best possible services for Kansas City while
maximizing taxpayer dollars," said Mary J. Miller, chief information officer,
Kansas City. "The move to Office 365 and cloud productivity will enable our
staff to be more efficient while reducing both the city's IT costs and its
energy footprint."

Public sector organizations are increasingly choosing Microsoft Office 365 for
cloud-based communications and collaboration to maximize information
technology investments in the face of extreme budget challenges. These eight
new customers represent the breadth of agencies and education institutions
that now have access to the latest versions of familiar Office productivity
solutions as they choose the cloud to help reduce IT management and data
hosting costs. More than 1 million U.S. government workers have already made
the move to Office 365 for their day-to-day productivity needs across a
variety of federal, state and local organizations, including the State of
California, the City and County of San Francisco, the City of Chicago, the
State of Texas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Federal Aviation
Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"The rapidly increasing public sector adoption rates for Microsoft Office 365
are directly tied to current budget realities and the fact that our customers
need to be more productive at a lower cost," said Curt Kolcun, vice president
of U.S. Public Sector at Microsoft. "Organizations are achieving significant
cost savings through the cloud delivery model while gaining access to the
latest collaboration tools without sacrificing on security or privacy."

New Microsoft Office 365 Customers

  oCity of Kansas City, Mo. With responsibility for delivering services to
    nearly half a million residents, the Kansas City government chose Office
    365 to help increase operational efficiency, reduce IT management costs
    and shrink its energy footprint. Leveraging the latest Microsoft
    innovations in datacenter design, Kansas City is decreasing energy
    consumption while taking advantage of the productivitybenefits of
    cloud-based collaboration, resulting in real impact for citizens.
  oCity of Seattle. Delivering citizen services to more than 600,000
    residentsrequiresa flexible, agile IT infrastructure, and the city of
    Seattle is adopting Office 365 to help boost internal efficiencies while
    reducing costs. The city's workforce will be more productive on the go,
    with improved remote access to critical applications and files, all within
    a security-enhanced, reliable cloud environment.
  oDupage County, Ill. As the second most populous county in the state of
    Illinois, Dupage County was looking for innovative ways to improve service
    delivery to nearly 1 million residents while maximizing the ROI on its
    technology investments. The decision to move to the cloud with Microsoft
    Office 365 will provide personnel with access to the latest Microsoft
    productivity tools, while driving new collaboration opportunities and
    increasing efficiency across county government operations.
  oKing County, Wash. King County, Wash., is moving to Office 365 cloud-based
    communications andcollaboration as part of a broader strategy to leverage
    existing IT resources. Through an enterprise service delivery model,
    employees are taking advantage of expanded opportunities for
    cross-agencycollaboration while gaining access to the
    latestvideoconferencing, instant messaging and productivity solutions.
  oSan Diego County Regional Airport Authority. After reviewing a number of
    cloud-based email and collaboration solutions, including Google Apps, San
    Diego County Regional Airport Authority made the decision to adopt Office
    365 for its security features, functionality and collaboration benefits.
    Staff members are already taking advantage of new instant messaging and
    videoconferencing capabilities through Microsoft Lync, and the move is
    expected to save the organization US$40,000 per year on reduced IT
    management costs, freeing up personnel to focus on delivering essential
    airport services to citizens.
  oUniversity of Miami. More than 40,000 students, faculty and staff will
    move to the cloud, so everyone on campus will have a common platform to
    communicate and collaborate more effectively. The Miller School of
    Medicine required a cloud solution that offered a business associate
    agreement as mandated by the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and
    Accountability Act because it handles sensitive health data, and Microsoft
    offered the capability to provide security and privacy safeguards to meet
    this federal law. Located in an annual hurricane zone, business
    continuity, fault tolerance and backups are top of mind and expensive, but
    by moving to Office 365 for education, the university will be able to
    reallocate resources, time and money to other strategic initiatives.
  oUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Students at UCCS were
    unhappy with the old email solution the university's IT shop provided, and
    they wanted the type of functionality provided by Microsoft Exchange, such
    as shared calendaring, common contacts,an easy-to-use Web client and
    mobile device support. The IT department wanted to offer this, but because
    of budget cuts and other costly priorities, it could not justify moving
    the students to campus Exchange servers. Now, 29,000 student and alumni
    accounts are on Office 365 for education, and the university is in the
    process of phasing in Microsoft SharePoint, Office Web Apps and Lync,
    which are expected to be popular with students because of the rise of
    mobile device usage, online learning. and the desire to have access to
    files anywhere, anytime.
  oSacramento State. Exchange and Office are already the most-used software
    applications on campus, so moving to Office 365 Education was a "no
    brainer." By moving some 50,000 accounts to the cloud, Sacramento State
    will be able to greatly reduce the cost of providing email and related
    communications services without compromising the quality of service.
    Faculty, staff and students will continue to get the best-of-breed
    Exchange features, plus SharePoint and Lync services, that will truly
    expand access to anytime and anyplace availability.

More information about how these and other Public Sector organizations are
turning to Microsoft technology is available for download and in the Microsoft
Customer Spotlight newsroom.

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