Microsoft today announced one of the largest Office 365 adoption customer story. Microsoft announced that Los Angeles County is moving more than 100,000 employees working in more than 30 departments to Microsoft Office 365 for Government. The county views Office 365 as a means to increase collaboration, provide a unified platform and help realize cost savings. With guaranteed 99.9 percent uptime, geo-redundancy, and built-in disaster recovery, Microsoft Office 365 for Government provides the robust security and reliability that all government bodies requires to help ensure the safe storage and availability of sensitive agency data, in compliance with ISO27001, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and other regulations.
“The county is constantly looking at opportunities to manage cost and improve service,” said Richard Sanchez, chief information officer for Los Angeles County. “Office 365 enables us to best manage our licenses, provide greater services to all 30-plus departments and control cost. Each department is unique in its needs and requirements, but departmental CIOs saw that with Office 365, they would be able to better serve the needs of their departmental employees and of the constituents.”
The county views Office 365 as a means to increase collaboration, provide a unified platform and help realize cost savings. These cost savings come in multiple forms. First, the county was able to consolidate 15 department enterprise agreements into one countywide agreement that ensures each department has access to the same Microsoft cloud services. This consistency improves performance in an environment that previously had multiple agency systems, hampering collaboration and increasing cost. Second, the agreement ensures that the county pays for only those services in use by existing employees. This represents a savings since staffing levels across various departments fluctuate from year to year or through seasonal workers. Finally, by moving to a cloud-based service, the county was able to avoid the type of large upfront capital expense traditionally required to modernize and consolidate systems.
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