North Carolina’s largest county saves $3.2 million with Office 365, Windows Azure and Surface Pro

The following post is from Michael Donlan, Vice President of State and Local Government, Microsoft.

On Wednesday, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina’s most populous county, announced it has bet big on the Microsoft platform by selecting Microsoft Office 365 as its communications and collaboration platform, Windows Azure as its cloud storage solution, and Microsoft Surface Pro for its mobility needs.

Together, the seamless mobility, productivity and flexibility aspects of these solutions have already helped various departments within the county collaborate better with staff, integrate across a number of crucial systems, and streamline and improve daily responsibilities. For instance, the county’s Youth and Family Services department is reporting $3.2 million in productivity savings per year due to Mecklenburg’s Surface Pro pilot launch. Meanwhile, by switching to Windows Azure, the county’s cloud storage costs have reduced dramatically.

Just as important, the county’s technical services director, Cliff Dupuy, acknowledged that these modern devices and services have increased employee productivity and excitement. In addition, the investment in Microsoft technology enables the county to reap all the benefits of the cloud while maintaining its commitment to privacy and security.

Across the nation, state and local governments are constantly pressured to deliver more services with fewer resources. They are tasked with finding and investing in modern and secure solutions that help them save time and money, while ensuring employees can use these tools in the office and on the go. With Microsoft’s suite of solutions, Mecklenburg County is helping address these challenges.

To learn more about Mecklenburg County’s move to Microsoft’s solutions, head on over to the Microsoft News Center.