Google Apps Goes Live In L.A.

    December 14, 2009

The Los Angeles city government is moving ahead with its plan to embrace Google Apps.  Today, 34,000 city employees are supposed to switch to it from an old system, and the mood appears to be much more "excited" than "nervous" at this point in time.

The L.A. City Council approved a $7.25 million Google Apps contract in late October, but not everyone was enthusiastic about the move.  Councilman Paul Koretz displayed a bit of doubt, for example, by referring to both "cutting edge" and "the edge of a cliff."

Now, Randi Levin, CTO for the City of Los Angeles and general manager of the city’s Information Technology Agency, has written a post on the Official Google Enterprise Blog, and she’s looking forward to improved collaboration, easier remote access, and expanded storage.

Plus, it looks like L.A. will save about $5.5 million over the next five years (including $750,000 in electricity costs alone).

This is a huge development for Google, considering how many other cities may feel comfortable trying Google Apps if all goes well in Los Angeles (the second-largest city in America).  It’s a big moment for cloud computing in general, too.


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