IBM, Michigan Municipal League Partnership Will Create a Smarter Cloud Computing System
The Michigan Municipal League is working in partnership with IBM to create and expand opportunities for the League and our members in the new world of cloud computing. The cities of Howell and Saline have agreed to be among the first communities in the nation to pilot the program. This is a very significant partnership for the League and for our members. This effort is directly in line with the League's Center for 21st Century Communities initiative: www.mml.org/resources/21c3/about.html. The initiative lists eight assets that are essential for vibrant communities and one of those assets is "messaging and technology": www.mml.org/resources/21c3/technology.html. This IBM partnership is closely tied to that asset. The IBM Municipal Shared Services Cloud was officially announced this week by IBM and The League and is all over the web and in numerous media reports worldwide. A four-minute YouTube video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxvRSKZn0y8; featuring League Associate Executive Director and COO Tony Minghine and others is especially good at explaining what this is all about and what it could mean to municipalities. Here is the official press release with the annoucement: www.mml.org/pdf/newsroom/cloud-press-release-mml.pdf. View all the articles about this project here: www.mml.org/newsroom/press_releases/2010_11_02-ibm-cloud..... For more about the League and what we do go to mml.org.