We are seeing strong growth of Office 365 in a variety of markets as more and more businesses move processes and applications to the cloud. One such area of growth is State and Local Government (SLG). Customers like the State of Texas and the City of Chicago have very specific needs when it comes to productivity solutions, as states, counties and cities face a unique set of standards and regulations. We’ve worked with customers and industry leaders to make sure Office 365 meets the specific needs of government employees.
By making sure Office 365 meets specific requirements for different industries, we’re seeing more SLG customers confidently make the move to the cloud. Mecklenburg County, the most populated county in North Carolina which includes the city of Charlotte, recently selected Office 365 as its productivity solution of choice to significantly cut costs and increase worker mobility. Employees throughout the county are able to access the information they need and stay productive on the go with Office 365 installed on their Surface tablets.
Several departments throughout the county are realizing the benefits of Office 365:
- Employees of the Department of Youth and Family Services are able to easily and remotely access documents while visiting clients
- The Department of Food Services built an app on the Office 365 platform to make it easier for health inspectors to access state applications
- Medical Examiners are able to easily take notes using OneNote on Surface Pro tablets
- Parks and Recreation employees, all of whom are moving to Surface 2 devices, are using Office 365 to quickly collect payments, easily book venues and enjoy the integration with the county’s financial system
The mobility factor and benefits of cloud storage were key to Mecklenburg County’s decision to move to the cloud. In addition, Office 365’s security and privacy were the best fit for the needs of the county. And finally, the Youth & Family Services Department reported a total savings of $3.2 million per year during the pilot phase alone – those savings will apply to other departments as well, so the county will see huge savings across the board.
To learn more about how Mecklenburg County is using Office 365 and other Microsoft technology, see the press release.