New York Metropolitan Transit Authority to deploy Microsoft Office 365

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 07 May 2014
New York Metropolitan Transit Authority to deploy Microsoft Office 365

The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is to deploy Microsoft Office 365 over the coming months to enable cloud-based e-mail and improve productivity.

The largest transportation network in North America, the MTA serves a population of more than 15 million and has a network of more than 5,000 square miles, covering New York City and the southeastern part of New York State.  

A major reason for the MTA’s move to Office 365 is due to its anywhere, anytime productivity capabilities, which can be particularly helpful in a time of crisis. Whether it be a natural or man-made disaster, it is paramount that transit systems remain operational in order to help bring as many people to safety as possible. 

“By migrating to Office 365, MTA will use the power of the cloud to maintain e-mail and server connectivity, improve cross-team collaboration, and keep its operations moving forward regardless of the circumstance,” said Michael Donlan, Vice President, U.S. State and Local Government, Microsoft, writing in a blog post on the Microsoft in Government site.

Previously, the authority’s services were stored in on-premises servers. This meant there was a danger of communication services going down in a time of emergency, which would result in disruption to transport services and render the MTA unable to effectively help commuters during an emergency.

The MTA will also make cost savings in the region of US$6 million dollars over the next three years following the move to Office 365.

“The MTA joins a rapidly growing list of state and local government customers that are taking advantage of the reliable communication and productivity benefits of moving to the cloud with Microsoft, including the City of Chicago, the City of San Jose, the State of New York, and the State of Texas,” added Donlan.

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