California is moving toward implementing an enterprise standard that would encourage state agencies and departments to migrate to Microsoft’s cloud-based email and productivity tools, officials tell TechWire.
The Department of Technology recently announced that agencies and departments can now order Office 365 as one of the state’s vendor-hosted software subscriptions (VHSS) via three different service bundles. The packages include a combination of Word and productivity tools, Exchange email, Skype videoconferencing and SharePoint; 50 GB email boxes and unlimited archiving. Data will be stored in Microsoft’s government cloud.
The Department of Technology will be procuring Office 365 on behalf of state agencies and departments through a pre-existing contract vehicle that Riverside County brokered with Microsoft under the Department of General Services’ Software Licensing Program.
The decision to go with Office 365 was a statewide decision, said Chris Cruz, chief deputy director of operations for the Department of Technology.