Georgia: Deal with Microsoft could save $15m

Georgia: Deal with Microsoft could save $15m

Officials at Georgia's Technology Authority estimate the state will save more than $15 million over the next three years on software and support for 50,000 desktop computers and systems through a contract signed July 23 with Microsoft Corp.

The three-year deal is worth $40 million and directs contracting officers to buy from a specific reseller for software, including Microsoft Windows 2000, Office 2000, BackOffice 2000 and Exchange 2000. Previously, agencies bought any type of software they wanted from any vendor.

The state had expected to spend more than $55 million on similar software and support services under its existing contracts, said Joyce Goldberg, director of communication for GTA.

Under the new contract, agencies will receive a package of software and support for $217 per PC.

Ways to save

GTA expects savings to come from the ability to upgrade versions without paying extra and doing away with agencies having to track license and version information.

Eliminating compliance audits and fees for adding users will create further savings.

About 80 percent of Georgia agencies use Microsoft software, and requiring all agencies to use the current versions will make data-sharing much easier, Goldberg said.

The contract also is open to the state's local governments.

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