My name is Tony Tai, and I recently joined the Microsoft Office 365 team. Prior to this role, I managed the SharePoint marketing website, powered by SharePoint2010. It was incredibly fun to roll out the first public facing website on SharePoint 2010’s general availability day. I also spent the last 7 years helping businesses establish digital strategies and grow their footprints online. Now I get to share with you what I learn about Office 365 and how it can deliver value to your organization.
Looking forward, we have quite a few exciting plans for the next few months including a facelift of this blog, new whitepapers and case studies about Office 365. We will continue to share facts and information to help you evaluate Office 365. You can also follow us on Twitter to get the latest and greatest. Now onto today’s post.
U.S. Public Sector CIOs Embrace Cloud Computing
This week is the annual Microsoft Public Sector CIO Summit. Over 300 leaders are in attendance, coming from Federal, State, and Local Governments, Education and Health organizations. I had an opportunity to interview Curt Kolcun, Microsoft VP of US Public Sector, and Tom Rizzo, Microsoft Senior Director of Online Services, about the impact of the cloud services in the US Public Sector.
Additionally, government records must remain consistent as they move in and out of a cloud environment, but not all available cloud offerings guarantee that integrity. Records imported or exported from Google Apps into other formats or environments run the risk of being altered or disrupted, raising security concerns that are unacceptable for public records. Microsoft treats documents as discrete entities, preserving their original format even when accessed in a browser or via Web Apps.
It is truly exciting to see Public Sector entities fully embracing cloud computing and realize the value. Is your organization considering moving to the cloud? Tell us how the cloud is transforming your company in the comments below.
Google Apps for Government includes 24x7 support.
Google Apps for Government provides a dedicated environment and guarantees data is kept in the US.
Google Apps for Government is FISMA certified.
Forrester listed the ROI for Google Apps at 391%
Tom - put this note in your cloud computing CliffsNotes, "multi-tenancy = good".
Regardless of platform a document must be converted to a web version in order to be edited online. BTW can you even open and edit a .xlsx doc online with Office Web Apps without the desktop version of Excel? I can't. I guess customers could just use this: googleenterprise.blogspot.com/.../teach-your-old-docs-new-tricks-with.html
The bold is a nice touch, made it much easier to find the FUD.
So if your current "cloud" offering runs on the 2007 server products and it's 2011, when the hosted versions of the 2010 server products finally become available, assuming it is this year, as Office 365 those customers can expect an upgrade in 2015. That's funny. Microsoft will probably be broken up and sold by that point.