One of the aspirations articulated in the Government ICT strategy is that “Government will work with countries across the world to learn from, share and reuse the best solutions and standards”. This reminds me that I did intend to post more worldwide customer examples of innovative and efficient use of ICT by public sector organisations.

The Swedish Red Cross (SRC), the largest humanitarian voluntary organisation in Sweden, has chosen to adopt Microsoft’s cloud offering, Microsoft Online Services, due to two important considerations: cost reduction and the need for reliable and up-to-date communication.

For any organisation moving to cloud services an important consideration is the cost of the transition and whether it makes financial sense in the long run. In the case of SRC, any cost savings will allow the organisation to spend more on its humanitarian cause rather than on IT.

SRC employees are benefiting from the integrated system where they can switch from their PC, laptop or mobile phone and have all the information at their fingertips. Since the launch web mail and instant messaging has gone up by 50% in the organisation, showing the greater ease with which employees can communicate.

You can read more about the Swedish Red Cross cloud implementation here.

Posted by Ian