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Oakland County, Mich., and the State Enter Cloud Collaboration

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June 21, 2013 By

A new IT partnership between Oakland County, Mich. and the state of Michigan has begun. Called the G2G Marketplace, both entities predict that it will not only save taxpayers money, but also expand cloud computing options for government-based software in the state.

As the National Association of Counties (NACo) reported, the partners have issued a request for qualification from national IT companies to implement their plans.

“Collaborating with the state will broaden our ability to offer low-cost technology solutions to other governments,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson told NACo.

Though savings are expected, it’s still too early to quantify the amount -- that will occur once the private sector begins responding with proposals, according to Phil Bertolini, deputy county manager and CIO.

The vision for the G2G Marketplace?  “A multimedia-rich information portal” that any government agency can use to research and access ecommerce, website hosting and other government solutions, NACo reported -- and it's not specific to Michigan or Oakland County. It's open to all governments to submit and share their own products and services, which Bertolini said may attract more private-sector companies.

Expected benefits of the G2G Marketplace, which will be accessible via desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet or other mobile device, are less time and fewer resources necessary to investigate vendor products and services, and to draft complex contracts and agreements with vendors.

For Michigan CIO David Behen, GIS is a great example of a shared service where one entity can act as service provider, and governments can purchase that service versus building their own capacity.

“The best part here is that it’s about governments sharing technology with other governments," Bertolini added. "I think that’s what everybody needs today with the tough economy.”

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Haider Ali    |    Commented June 24, 2013

Very good approach. Question: will the services be available to other local governments other than Michigan? Local governments should be allowed to buy services from each other based on the lower prices and quality of the products.

Phil Bertolini    |    Commented June 24, 2013

In response to the question, "Will the services be available to other local governments other than Michigan?", the answer is yes. Our plan is to make the G2G Marketplace available to governments nationwide and we are excited about the possibilities. G2G Cloud Solutions is an initiative of Oakland County Michigan to help governments of all sizes. If you need more info our web site is Partnering with the State of MI adds a new dimension to what is possible!

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