By Molly Messick
Laramie, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead says that the decision to move to Google Apps for Government exemplifies his commitment to moving technology forward in the state.
Wyoming is the first state to begin using Google cloud computing tools for its entire executive branch. At a press conference Wednesday, Google President of Enterprise David Girouard said that cloud computing is a better path forward. "It's a more efficient use of taxpayer dollars, which everybody cares about, it's safer technology, and it's - even better than all of that - it's technology that doesn't get old," he said. "You're never on an old version in cloud computing. You're always on the current version. That's a very empowering idea. What's going on here really is a great, great model for what so many parts of the country really need to think about."
Cloud computing allows data and applications to be stored remotely and accessed via the internet. Governor Mead said that before the conversion, state government employees were using thirteen different e-mail platforms, which could make communication cumbersome between different agencies.
The decision to switch to Google was announced last fall. It is expected to save the state a million dollars annually.