By migrating to the Azure platform, George Municipality improved its business by exposing Azure’s development ecosystem to the larger Microsoft intelligent cloud. This resulted in immediate cost savings, improved uptime, better flexibility and integration, and superior performance. They also found the Azure platform user-friendly, and are now reaping the rewards of accessing the most secure cloud platform in the world.
This is just the start for this APP, and George intends to provide many new features that will, amongst other things, allow citizens to view and pay their municipal bill from their phone or any device they access the APP from. To manage authentication and identity, the APP requires the user to register with their phone number and password.
Microsoft Azure was chosen because it provides better integration than the other services that were considered, and because it already has a local presence, with data centres being set up in South Africa as well as previous investments with Microsoft. At this stage George is using the PaaS model, and looking to expand in the near future. Enterprise PaaS provides a self-service portal for managing computing infrastructure from centralized IT operations and the platforms that are installed on top of the hardware.
Other Customer Benefits include:
Infrastructure as Code
Continuous integration / Continuous delivery
Test, staging, and production environments