Hillingdon Council moves to cloud with Google Apps

Hillingdon Council is to move its desktop services to the cloud using Google Business Applications, in a four-year contract worth around £500,000.

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Hillingdon Council is moving its desktop services to the cloud using Google Business Applications, in a four-year contract worth around £500,000.

Supplier Cloudreach will deliver the applications to the council, with the option of extending the contract by a further two years.

Around £140,000 will be spent on migrating the council's desktops to the cloud, including the necessary upgrade costs for the project’s commencement.

Hillingdon Council said it could not comment on the details of the deal until the contract was finalised in December, but said the cloud application contract would be worth around £500,000 over the four-year period.

In its meeting minutes, the London Borough said the contract was economically advantageous and would realise “the tremendous opportunities afforded by cloud computing”.

It said: “The council noted that the move would establish a new web-based desktop computing environment with a range of productivity tools and applications that were interoperable.

“Cabinet endorsed the strong financial and business transformation case for the move and noted that the procurement process had been undertaken with all due diligence.” 

The contract follows a recent move by Warwickshire County Council to pilot Google e-mail service as a one of the government's Foundation Delivery Partners on the G-Cloud. Warwickshire County Council expects the scheme will save £250,000 per year.

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