Wednesday, 28 October 2009

The City of LA Goes Google!

Talk about a major win for Google, Los Angeles is replacing GroupWise with Google Apps. Could this be signaling a shift in thought and in practice? Moving away from the hoards of servers that local, provincial/state and federal governments have utilized to power their existing messaging infrastructures and into the cloud.
"The LA City Council Tuesday approved a multi-million dollar deal that will see the City of Los Angeles' 30,000 employees rely on Google Apps for e-mail and other Internet services.

However, while most are labeling the $7.2 million deal as a big win for Google, a significant amount of people are talking about what the unanimous vote means for Microsoft. The AP reports that the Council chose Google's offer over competing bids from Microsoft and more than a dozen other technology firms." [Yahoo Finance]

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