Government Technology

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


Michigan cloud computing, Detroit

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.”

Photo from Shutterstock


| More

Comments

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 www.g2gcloud.com. Partnering with the State of MI adds a new dimension to what is possible!


Add Your Comment

You are solely responsible for the content of your comments. We reserve the right to remove comments that are considered profane, vulgar, obscene, factually inaccurate, off-topic, or considered a personal attack.

In Our Library

White Papers | Exclusives Reports | Webinar Archives | Best Practices and Case Studies
Fresh Ideas In Online Security for Public Safety Organizations
Lesley Carhart, Senior Information Security Specialist at Motorola Solutions, knows that online and computer security are more challenging than ever. Personal smartphones, removable devices like USB storage drives, and social media have a significant impact on security. In “Fresh Ideas in Online Security for Public Safely Organizations,” Lesley provides recommendations to improve your online security against threats from social networks, removable devices, weak passwords and digital photos.
Meeting Constituents Where They Are With Dynamic, Real-Time Mobile Engagement
Leveraging the proven and open Kofax Mobile Capture Platform, organizations can rapidly integrate powerful mobile engagement solutions across the spectrum of mobile image capture, mobile data capture and complete mobile process integration. Kofax differentiates itself by extending capture to mobility, supporting multiple points of constituent engagement. Kofax solutions dynamically orchestrate the user’s mobile experience from a single platform—reducing time to market, improving process perf
Public Safety 2019
Motorola conducted an industry survey on the latest trends in public safety communications. The results provide an outlook of what technology is in store for your agency in the next five years. Download the results to gain this valuable insight.
View All

Featured Papers