New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled a sweeping IT modernization initiative to save NYC taxpayers millions of dollars over next five years while improving citizen services and expanding collaboration across City agencies.
As part of the project, 30,000 City workers are moving to Microsoft cloud, accessing communications and collaboration tools (email, instant messaging, conferencing, 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 cost that's significantly less expensive than if the City could offer if it was hosting its own apps.
Another aspect of agreement will improve and expand NY's Gov 2.0 capabilities as the City has expressed significant interest in using technologies like Town Hall to facilitate online discussion groups that'll engage constituents in new ways. Cloud technologies will also make open government data sets readily available to city residents, increasing transparency and allowing locals to build new apps based on public data.