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City Of Orlando Cuts Costs 62 Percent With Google Apps

Also: testimonial could give city edge in Google fiber network competition

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The city of Orlando loves Google, and it’s not hard to understand why – according to the city’s own estimates, switching to Google Apps cut its IT costs by a massive amount.  So now Orlando’s CIO, Conrad Cross, is returning the favor (and maybe helping Orlando secure a special prize) by spreading the Google gospel.

Google LogoCross wrote a post that went up on the Official Google Enterprise Blog this afternoon, and in it, he stated, "If we were to keep our current system, we estimated it would cost $133 a year for each of its 3,000 employees – or $399,000 including annual software licenses.  Google charges $50 per user, or $150,000 delivering more than 60% in savings."

Cross then encouraged other cities to perform their own analyses, and added, "[i]f the savings are compelling . . . move quickly – you’ll see the move into the cloud is relatively fast and painless – and ultimately very cost-effective."

This isn’t the last you’ll hear of Orlando’s CIO, either.  He’s actually due to take part in a webinar on March 31st, and will discuss this development with a product marketing manager from Google.

If Cross’s willingness to speak is due to gratitude, it’s completely understandable.  Some sort of contractual obligation wouldn’t reflect poorly on him, Orlando, or Google, either.  But here’s one other possibility: Orlando officials, who have already expressed an interest in Google’s experimental fiber networks, have found a good way to earn the search giant’s favor.

City Of Orlando Cuts Costs 62 Percent With Google Apps
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  • http://www.sitebyjames.com James

    They could use Zimbra and OpenOffice and cut their costs to Zero.

    Right?

    Good for them, I hope they get that high speed internet in there. It’s not very often a corporation is so generous that it offers to build the infrastructure for government officials.

  • Guest

    Hmmm….62% is great in a ROI analysis, but what about inidrect opportunity costs or direct loss in productivity costs associated with making the move?

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve used GApps and it’s like being back in the early 90s from a feature perspective. All those tools you’ve grown to rely on aren’t there, even the basic formatting is hit/miss.

    I’d love to see the verbatim responses from the end users on how great these apps are. Especially the heavy spreadsheet users.

  • http://googleavl.com/ Evolution

    I love the Google apps. My company switched over and we do everything on Google. Between Google and other freeware, we hardly spend anything on software. Soon we will do everything in the cloud and not even need new computers for a looooooong time.

    Asheville, NC should switch over to Google Apps when we get the fiber network. I think Asheville will win and here is why – http://www.youtube.com/user/AshevilleOVision

  • Guest

    Ever heard of OpenOffice? its much better than Google Apps.

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