Over the last 12-18 months, we have made numerous postings here about Microsoft’s approach to cloud computing and examples of where public sector customers worldwide are already using the technology as an integral component of their ICT. As UK Public Sector organisations across the United Kingdom prepare themselves for the new budget reality that will fully take effect from April 6th, I thought it might be a useful exercise to draw together a summary of the numerous examples of where innovation in the application of ICT is improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public services – starting with cloud computing.

This posting provides a concise summary of where you can find more information on public sector organisations worldwide that are using Microsoft cloud computing to address challenges of scalability, agility and cost reduction.

Scalability of cloud computing

European Environment Agency

“This (cloud) technology gives people the power to understand their environment. They can look at the air quality in their gardens or the water quality at the beach where they want to swim. Armed with the facts, 600 million people in Europe can influence the environment in which they live.” Bert Jansen, Technology Lead, European Environment Agency

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

“Our original architecture supported 10,000 vessels, but the Windows Azure platform enables us to support hundreds of thousands or even millions of vessels, without any capital expenses. To scale the application, we will simply provision more computing capacity and add more message queues from the Windows Azure platform Web portal.” Richard Prodger, Technical Director, Active Web Solutions (Microsoft Partner)

Transport for London (TfL)

"TfL with the help of Microsoft, has created a strategic, scalable technical platform that will aid us in making real-time data sets available; the first of which is Trackernet data." Michael Gilbert, TfL's Director of Information Management

Agility and cost reduction of cloud computing

New York City

"Through our partnership with Microsoft, we've found ways to offer our employees Microsoft's newest, state-of-the-art computing tools while reducing costs to taxpayers. By capitalizing on the City's buying power, consolidating dozens of separate City agency license agreements into a single one, and paying for software based on use, we'll save $50 million over the next five years." Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New York City

State of California

“Technology strategies such as cloud computing are key to executing the mission of our office which is to strengthen IT project oversight, increase transparency in technology spending, increase cost savings and define specific targets to reduce energy usage. ” Teri Takai, CIO, State of California

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

“This is really about increasing collaboration and communications across the breadth of 120,000 users in 5,000 offices across the country and 100 countries around the globe to better deliver on the USDA’s mission.  For us a move to the cloud was a question of performance, service, and cost, and this solution will help us streamline our efforts and use taxpayer dollars efficiently.” Chris Smith, CIO, USDA

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Posted by Ian