Los Angeles' CTO gives details on a proposal to migrate the city to Google Apps. With Gov 2.0 Summit happening in Washington, D.C., In an ironic twist, more than half of the money needed to fund the initial Google Apps transition in Los Angeles -- $1.5 million -- would come from Microsoft antitrust settlement in which the city took part. The Sept. 1 report (PDF), outlines expected savings (as much as $8 million to $10 million over five years) and seeks to address concerns about security, reliability and privacy. In expected cost savings, comparisons’re made between Google Apps and city's current Office/GroupWise combination. However, they don't appear to consider the possibility of alternatives to Google Apps, including hosted Microsoft Exchange or hosted offerings from IBM's Lotus Notes. It’ll be interesting to see if council asks for more details on Google Apps competitors. The L.A. CTO, Randi Levin, answers a series of questions in the document, including concerns about the high-profile document leak at Twitter.
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