The Googlization of Wyoming
BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 23 2011
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced yesterday that all 10,000 of his state employees are now on Google Apps for Government, a version of Google's cloud-based office platform tweaked to meet government standards:
Not only has Wyoming cut the cord and gone to cloud-based computing, allowing more mobility for and collaboration between employees, this is also the first time all of our employees have been on a shared email platform. This means greater efficiency and it will almost certainly lead to better service to the public. It also saves money in costs related to servers, licensing and staff. In addition, compared to what we would have spent for equivalent features in our previous system, we anticipate dramatic savings associated with email storage and overall security.
In a blog post on Google Enterprise's blog, Mead says the deal for this move was finalized in October 2010. Mead says Wyoming is the first state to make the transition, but it certainly isn't the only government: Google's cloud platform is on the federal General Services Administration's approved vendor list, GSA itself has chosen to run Google Apps, and several local governments are on Google's client roster.