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BC Government Takes Steps to Modernize Public Sector with Use of Microsoft Cloud Technology

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the BC Provincial Government has announced major steps forward towards its goal of adopting full use of the public cloud. As of April 2nd, 2020, with the execution of an amended agreement with Microsoft, the BC Government has lifted its previous restrictions related to the use of personal information in cloud services. 

What this means, practically speaking, is that BC public organizations can now take full advantage of the numerous benefits of Microsoft Cloud Services core applications such as: Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft Azure. 

This announcement comes on the heels of a nation-wide push to allow government entities the use of cloud-based solutions, a shift that began with the ratification of Bill 35 in October 2019 amending the Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA). 

The unexpected pressures put upon the public sector amid the COVID-19 Pandemic have made the need for cloud-based tools and applications all the more pressing and essential. The BC Government’s recent announcement provides a momentous gateway to have those needs met and to bring British Columbia in line with the October 2019 FOIPPA amendment. Said amendment states, in short, that the use of cloud-based services involving the temporary processing of data out-of-country is no permissible by Canadian law. 

As a trusted and experienced Microsoft services provider, Microserve can help BC public sector organizations take advantage of the new cloud-based tools at their disposal. This could include, but is not limited to, the implementation of such services as Microsoft 365 user enablement and training, Microsoft Office backup and security, rapid Microsoft Teams enablement and SharePoint migrations.  No matter what stage you’re at, Microserve can provide you with the best possible resources to utilize Microsoft Cloud Services, which will inevitably lead your organization to becoming more modern, streamlined and cost-effective.  

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