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Microsoft in Government

5 considerations before deploying open data standards

21 March 2014 | Ian Kalin, Director of Open Data, Socrata
Cities have a lot to gain from open data standards. Here are the questions most city leaders are asking before they launch a standardization initiative.

Custom apps: What to know when you roll your own

06 March 2014 | John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
When the IT teams says, “There’s no app for that,” you may need to create your own. Luckily, others have gone down this path, and their roadmap can help you get there.

The 4 pillars of e-participation

13 January 2014 | R. Erdem Erkul, Regional National Plan Manager, Microsoft Middle East and Africa
Fundamental to future democracies, e-participation is a new government mandate. Discover 4 essential shifts you must make now.

Open Data, open arms: Welcome to the era of transparent government

09 September 2013 | Parul Bhandari, Government Lead, Open Data and Big Data
The Open Data movement is unstoppable. Here are 4 things that successful government agencies are doing to make it work.

Far from straightforward: the government mission today

01 February 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Governments worldwide are undergoing transformation, which is being influenced by a convergence of factors, from new technologies to new budget realities. Learn about Microsoft’s vision for dynamic government, and how it fits into this picture.

For public consumption: the promise of big—and open—data

28 January 2013 | Parul Bhandari, Government Lead, Open Data and Big Data
Governments have a wealth of data at their fingertips, but may not be realizing its full potential. One strategy is to open data to the public for analysis, which can help extract greater value, and boost transparency and public engagement.

Thinking about Open Gov? Here’s how one organization did it

13 November 2012 | Anne-Claude Poinso, Marketing Manager, Public Sector France
View our new video case study to learn how the European Court of Human Rights brought intelligent search features to its HUDOC system, responsible for sharing 90,000 documents, judgments and decisions with millions of visitors per year.

Did you know Microsoft has open government initiatives worldwide?

06 September 2012 | Parul Bhandari, Government Lead, Open Data and Big Data
Learn how Microsoft connects citizens with governments through open government initiatives.

Craig Thomler of Delib Australia on Gov 2.0, Open Gov & Social Media

04 September 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Read a Q+A with Craig Thomler of Delib Australia about the strategy and practice of Gov 2.0.

Looking for savings with an open source-only approach? Consider this first…

07 August 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out how some customers are augmenting open source deployments for better outcomes.

Q&A: Sarah Schacht on civic engagement, open government, Gov 2.0 and Betty White

05 July 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Read this Q+A with a respected political entrepreneur to hear her views on hot topics in government.

Singapore's Ministry of Manpower transforms citizen services

12 June 2012 | Jeff Paine, Senior Director of Public Sector Partners, Asia Pacific
Find out how one government agency is using a SharePoint platform to help deliver efficient citizen services and open citizen engagement.

Blue skies ahead for open government in the UK

22 May 2012 | Mark Gayler, Open Software Evangelist, Microsoft
Learn about the latest project launched as part of the plan to open access to core public datasets on transport, weather, and health in the UK.

A new way of doing things in municipal government

12 April 2012 | Rob Corazzola, Municipal Government Industry Manager, Microsoft Canada
Find out how Canadian cities are involving citizens in the planning/budgeting process.

Cloud Security Alliance makes cloud security more transparent with new STAR Registry

05 April 2012 | Kellie Ann Chainier, Director of Office Regulatory and Policy Strategy, Worldwide Public Sector
Learn about a publicly-accessible reference designed to help you evaluate the best cloud provider for your specific security needs.

Realizing the promise of open government

29 March 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out how some governments are embracing open government while still protecting sensitive data.

Canada’s open government consultations

20 March 2012 | John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
Find out how the Canadian federal government is using innovative approaches to engage constituents in conversations about open government.

On tour: Talking about connecting government

13 March 2012 | Alan Merrihew, Senior Director of Government Technology Strategy, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out how we’re helping customers understand how to implement the Connected Government Framework.

A balancing act: How to promote open government while adhering to policies and standards

08 March 2012 | Jean Scott, Industry Market Development Manager, Federal Government and Education
Find out how technology is helping Canadian agencies use web 2.0 tools while managing their risk and exposure.

Open data: The road ahead

01 March 2012 | Nik Garkusha, Open Platforms Lead, Microsoft Canada
Learn why the next phase of open data initiatives may require a more collaborative and citizen-centric model.

Three quick wins for your open gov initiative

31 January 2012 | Nik Garkusha, Open Platforms Lead, Microsoft Canada
​Simple but effective strategies for government agencies planning a Gov 2.0/open gov/open data initiative.

Connecting citizens with mobile apps

28 December 2011 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Learn about some promising new apps for the public sector that will deliver intuitive, citizen-facing services to users right in the palm of their hand.

Beyond the Tube: How London is using the cloud to open transit data

29 November 2011 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
The city of London is taking advantage of the Windows Azure cloud platform to manage 2.3 million web site hits a day. Learn how.

Talking about cost savings: Driving cost reductions using technology

21 November 2011 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Over the next several weeks, Microsoft on Government will be exploring some of the best and brightest examples of cost saving strategies in government - strategies that deliver new services to meet citizens' expectations without breaking budgets.

Building smarter cities on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

10 October 2011 | Rodrigo Becerra Mizuno, Managing Director Government, Worldwide Public Sector
Building smarter cities goes hand-in-hand with using resources more effectively. To eliminate waste and improve efficiency, many cities have considered deploying an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system – if they haven’t already.

Cloud computing helps clean up London

06 October 2011 | Gordon McKenzie, Government Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector
​Mayor Boris Johnson urged Londoners to help spruce up the capital by reporting “grime crime” such as graffiti, and litter. The innovative “Love Clean London” system enables users to track progress of cleanups and delivers financial savings for boroughs.

October – Taking a closer look at Environment Sustainability

04 October 2011 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
From time to time, Microsoft on Government will be exploring key themes that matter to the public sector. This October we’ve planned a series of posts focusing on Environmental Sustainability.

What the "Consumerization of IT" really means for public sector CIOs

27 September 2011 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
​The “consumerization of IT” is a trend that’s received a lot of media attention lately. Yet, much like cloud computing, the term is somewhat ambiguously applied to various industries and IT issues.

Introducing Microsoft on Government Blog

14 September 2011 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Information technology is the common language and platform of governance today, empowering public sector organizations to collaborate, operate more effectively, increase efficiency and transparency, and to develop greater accountability to the citizen.