North Carolina’s largest county chooses Office 365, Windows Azure and Surface Pro

Mecklenburg County, home to Charlotte, N.C., and the largest county in the state, is turning to Office 365, Surface Pro devices and Windows Azure to help cut costs and to increase employee efficiency.

“With the mobility factor of Surface Pro and Office 365, we are able to do so much more,” said Cliff DuPuy, Mecklenburg County’s technical services director, in a press release Wednesday. “Not only do our Youth and Family Services folks love the devices for the flexibility and productivity the combination provides to them, but they appreciate the toughness of the devices, the touch aspects and the ability to document benefits while they are visiting clients.”

Cloud-based Windows Azure is also providing a huge savings, DuPuy said. “Our storage costs used to be $21 per gigabyte; now, with Windows Azure, we are around 30 cents per gigabyte.”

The county will purchase 6,500 seats of Office 365; add 17 Surface Pros, with a goal of having more than 1,000 Surface devices for workers by Aug. 1, 2014; and increase its use of Windows Azure.

Michael Donlan, Microsoft’s vice president of state and local government, writes that 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.”

Read the press release to learn more, and read Donlan’s full post on The Official Microsoft Blog.

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