Macomb County is putting info into the Cloud. So is Rochester Hills. And Sterling Heights. U-M has launched Google Apps for Education, to service their 90,000 students and faculty. Online technology isn't just a fad, it's become an economic strategy for cutting municipal budgets.
"Robert Ferrari, director of digital strategy for Michigan Municipal League, said information technology upgrades are a big investment for cash-strapped jurisdictions.
"They have to buy servers, backup and hardware, where with the cloud you can kind of rent or pay on a monthly basis. You don't have the cost of having to update that infrastructure to stay current. That's what the big boys are for — the AT&Ts, the Googles, the Microsofts — to provide that support," Ferrari said."
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