Chicago Moves Workers to Cloud from Microsoft

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Cloud services from Microsoft’s Office 360 platform will be integrated into systems used by 30 thousand Chicago government workers, a report from noted on Friday.

The initiative occurs as more entities increasingly rely on cloud platforms to power their respective operations. It also comes as part of a broader strategy under city Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Discussing the matter in a press release, Emanuel called Chicago’s cloud plans “an innovative solution.”

With the benefits, it’s expected to save taxpayers $40 thousand annually.

“We are leveraging new technologies to streamline and modernize the way we do business in order to provide the residents of Chicago with the best service at the best price, which has been a fundamental part of my approach as Mayor from the moment I took office,” the mayor stated.

Overall, the initiative appears ready to modernize the city’s email system. Office 365 was first made available in June of 2011.