PH city mayors pick MS Office 365 for pilot-test in 5 cities

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Photo shows (from left) Vaughn Delos Reyes, deputy executive director for admin and finance at LCP; Ed Soliman Jr., executive director of LCP, Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista, president of LCP; Ferdie Saputil, public sector director of Microsoft Philippines; George Parrilla, senior partner development manager at Microsoft Philippines; Giancarlo Nogales, territory manager at Microsoft Philippines Photo shows (from left) Vaughn Delos Reyes, deputy executive director for admin and finance at LCP; Ed Soliman Jr., executive director of LCP, Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista, president of LCP; Ferdie Saputil, public sector director of Microsoft Philippines; George Parrilla, senior partner development manager at Microsoft Philippines; Giancarlo Nogales, territory manager at Microsoft Philippines[/caption] The deployment is part of Microsoft?s CityNext initiative, which seeks to address ?challenges in government administration, infrastructure, education, energy, public safety, tourism, and transportation among many others.? ?Cities, and the people that live and work in them, are the heart of our nation and Microsoft, through our CityNext initiative, works with city leaders to help build better cities through technologies that make it easier for governments to engage with citizens and businesses in a number of ways,? said Karrie Ilagan, general manager of Microsoft Philippines. LCP president and Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista said in a statement that ?Office 365 can serve as catalysts for the continuous improvement of the quality of service local governments can deliver to their constituents. Under Microsoft?s CityNext initiative, the League of Cities of the Philippines will be deploying Office 365 in city government offices of five pilot cities in the country. The media statement, however, did not identify the five cities where the cloud-based software will be rolled out. It also did not indicate if the pilot-test is free of charge or for a fee. Microsoft said Office 365 applications are optimized for multiple devices, allowing government professionals to work and access information from multiple locations and devices. ?Governments also benefit from collaboration tools such as high-definition video conferencing and organization-wide social networking that help keep all team communications and documents in sync,? it said. Microsoft said Office 365 will also equip the cities with the necessary infrastructure that will help them become more disaster resilient by enabling local governments to store and back-up assets on the cloud, allowing them recover them and continue operations when a disaster strikes. ]]>

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