At a teleconference this morning, The City and County of San Francisco announced that it'll upgrade and consolidate its multiple citywide email systems used by more than 23,000 employees as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of its services and reduce IT management costs.
Several competing solutions were examined based on criteria that included price, security, functionality, flexibility, SLA-backed service, proven record for support, and integration with existing infrastructure and tools.
Today San Francisco joins a growing cadre of cities and agencies that are moving to the cloud with Microsoft. Across the U.S. Microsoft has state and local government customers using our enterprise offerings-to date more than 3.4 million government customers have access to our cloud based solutions.
"As part of the project, over 23,000 City and County workers across 60 departments and agencies are moving from on-premise email to Microsoft's cloud-based Exchange Online, accessing communications and collaboration tools (email, calendars, archiving, etc. hosted in a secure datacenter facility. Workers will have access to more productivity features, more functionality and the highest levels of security-all at a cost that's significantly less expensive than what the City can currently provide," Microsoft Press revealed.
Migration to the new cloud email system has already begun and will continue over the next 12 months. Employees across 60 departments and agencies are scheduled to move to Microsoft Exchange Online, a cloud-based enterprise messaging solution that offers improved communications and collaboration tools, including email, calendar coordination, and hosted archiving.
[Source: Microsoft Press]