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Microsoft in Government

Lessons Learned from Microsoft’s CityNext Partner of the Year

14 July 2014 | Melissa Topp, Director of Global Marketing, ICONICS
Lessons Learned from Microsoft’s CityNext Partner of the Year

A mobile first, cloud first approach for governments – Office 365, Azure and now Dynamics CRM

09 July 2014 | Curt Kolcun, Vice President, U.S. Public Sector
Microsoft announces updates that make the Microsoft cloud the most comprehensive solution for government

Ohio department imagines a new approach to case management

16 June 2014 | Kirsten Edmondson Wolfe, Global Industry Director for Public Sector for Microsoft Business Solutions
With its person-centric design philosophy, Ohio’s imagine system is making life better for disabled citizens and the caseworkers who serve them.

Driving efficiency: How Australia manages roads across a million square miles

09 June 2014 | Mark Smith, National Practice Lead Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Birchman (an SMS Management & Technology Company)
When Western Australia rolled out a new system for managing 18,000 kilometers of roads, it set a new benchmark for maintaining a critical asset while meeting the needs of employees, citizens, and tourists.

5 characteristics that define a cloud

20 May 2014 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
What is the “cloud,” anyway? We all have our ideas, but the NIST has provided an actual definition based on 5 non-negotiable criteria.

Enabling Mobility and Ensuring Compliance for San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

06 May 2014 | Michael Donlan, Vice President, U.S. State and Local Government Microsoft Corp.
With 29 cities under their remit, the largest county sheriff’s department in the U.S. deploys Microsoft Office 365 for secure collaboration and better response to citizen needs

Ensuring “Always On, No Matter What” Cloud Reliability

06 May 2014 | Michael Donlan, Vice President, U.S. State and Local Government Microsoft Corp.
New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority Deploys Office 365 for Disaster Preparedness

Mecklenburg County places bet on Microsoft trifecta and wins big

01 April 2014 | Michael Donlan, Vice President, U.S. State and Local Government Microsoft Corp.
North Carolina county finds $3.2 million in quick savings with 3 Microsoft products—and gets employees excited to come to work.

How the University of Strasbourg centralized facility management across a 60-mile campus

31 March 2014 | Lane Swensen, Senior Product Marketing Specialist, Software, Invensys
University in France brings its 16th century campus into the 21st century, creating a state-of-the-art environment for faculty, students, and staff.

The cloud-based information hub that saves tax payers millions

24 March 2014 | Howard Hughes, Senior Vice President and General Manager of HP Enterprise Services, EMEA
Technology pays dividends for citizens, business professionals and, increasingly, the public sector. The proof comes from local governments worldwide, where IT is delivering significant returns on investment.

3 first steps for building a hybrid national cloud

03 March 2014 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
Hybrid cloud is an idea whose time has come, but for most governments, the first steps are the hardest.

3 groups are winning big in the cloud

22 January 2014 | Hany Morcos, Cloud Technologies Director, Microsoft Middle East and Africa
Countries worldwide are getting their productivity and collaboration software from the cloud and bringing economic benefits and efficiency gains to diverse groups. Here are three big winners.

4 keys to government workplace modernization

20 January 2014 | John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
When governments run like modern businesses, service quality improves—and citizens notice.

3 reasons governments must modernize now

15 January 2014 | John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
Governments, like businesses, need to evolve to stay viable and competitive. Here are 3 reasons why budget-conscious governments need to start modernizing, and fast.

Three FAQs for your national cloud rollout

06 November 2013 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
I’ve probably heard a thousand questions from government leaders who are planning a national cloud deployment. Here are the top three.

How Frankfurt is doing “new with less”

28 October 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Building a brighter future begins with innovation. See how Frankfurt and others are using it to create a better life for all.

How three governments are beating the budget crisis

16 October 2013 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Challenging situations require creative solutions. Discover three governments that rise above with innovative thinking.

The fastest path to ROI in the national cloud

07 October 2013 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
National clouds are all the rage, but how to pay for it? Here are 3 best practices to make it pay for itself.

Preparing cities for mass urbanization

25 September 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
All around the world, people are flocking to cities. Here are three essential areas that need to be modernized to make your city ready.

Shared service delivery: 4 tactics from the private sector

23 September 2013 | John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
Businesses have learned how to trim expenses with a shared-services model. Government agencies can do the same with these four practices.

Smart building management goes mobile

19 September 2013 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Whether used in a single building or deployed citywide, smart-building mobile apps deliver data—and savings—where it counts.

Why business models matter

21 August 2013 | Scott F. Selby, Director, Global Government Affairs, Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs
Who are your technology suppliers really working for, and why? To find out, follow the money.

Significant efficiency gains for Denmark’s public sector

31 July 2013 | Halvor Walla, Strategy Director, Software Innovation
Denmark goes digital, reduces paper use by 75%, and targets savings of 3 billion kroner.

A decision-making framework for public procurement

29 July 2013 | Scott F. Selby, Director, Global Government Affairs, Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs
Well-defined policy takes the complexity and guesswork out of tech buying. Here are three guidelines to help you buy right.

Maximizing DoD IT to serve the Mission: an interview with JIEDDO CIO James Craft

13 June 2013 | Gary Danoff, Microsoft DoD Account Executive
Learn how CIO James Craft of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) is leveraging emerging technology to drive down IT costs while empowering new capabilities that are helping warfighters save lives.

Unlocking the value of Big Data

27 May 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Armed with powerful new tools, government agencies are discovering riches in their data resources for deeper insights, greater efficiency, and cost savings

The right balance: A fresh approach to tech procurement

22 May 2013 | Scott F. Selby, Director, Global Government Affairs, Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs
Starting with an open mind and objective criteria, you can guide your decision-making processes through the complexities of the mixed-source technology marketplace—and achieve more successful, cost-effective solutions.

Government gets lean and modern through CRM technology

18 April 2013 | Amir Capriles, General Manager, U.S. Public Sector for Microsoft Dynamics
In the face of extreme budget challenges, learn how defense and national security agencies are leveraging the power of CRM technology to save money, drive new efficiencies, and improve citizen services.

Secure mobility, simplified

26 March 2013 | Kent Cunningham, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Federal, Civilian and Healthcare
Government workers want to use their own devices, and agency IT leaders have to maintain security. Learn how the latest mobility management tools are making BYOD a secure, and simplified reality.

Three factors driving cloud adoption in government

25 March 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
The cloud is prevalent in government today, but that wasn’t always the case. Learn about three factors that have catalyzed the adoption of cloud in government, why they’re important, and what it means for the future.

The world beyond email: collaboration tools find a home in the cloud

14 March 2013 | Keith Olinger, Senior Director, U.S. State and Local Government
Email in the cloud is a good start, but it’s just one component of an agency’s collaboration toolset. Learn why the entire collaboration suite makes sense in the cloud, and why seamless integration is essential

Elections in the era of big data: cloud, mobility, and the evolution of campaign management

12 March 2013 | Stan Freck, Senior Director for Campaigns & Elections in Microsoft’s US Public Sector Office of Civic Innovation
New mobile and social technologies are empowering political campaigns to connect with voters in highly targeted, highly personal ways. Learn more about how candidates are using these same tools to transform campaign management.

The new Microsoft Office 365 in government

06 March 2013 | Kellie Ann Chainier, Director of Office Regulatory and Policy Strategy, Worldwide Public Sector
With the launch of the next generation of Office 365, governments will have new opportunities to increase mobility and flexibility, improve productivity, and protect their sensitive data. Learn more about these key benefits in today’s post.

City governments take lead on reducing energy consumption

04 March 2013 | Bill Mitchel, Senior Director for Microsoft’s World Wide Public Sector team
As the notion of environmental quality becomes more global, cities share in the responsibility of minimizing global pollution. Learn how cities are embracing technology to reduce their environmental impact and realize cost savings in the process.

Elections management and the cloud: a perfect match

28 February 2013 | Andy Pitman, Microsoft eGovernment Solutions
Learn how cloud computing is transforming the way governments manage elections cycles.

The cost savings journey: from virtualization to the cloud

25 February 2013 | Keith Olinger, Senior Director, U.S. State and Local Government
Learn how a hybrid cloud approach, leveraging both public and private cloud options, is the future of government IT.

New software, services, and devices for 2013

20 February 2013 | David Burrows, Managing Director of Government Industry, Europe, Middle East & Africa
There are new opportunites for governments to deliver on their missions at a lower cost, while also becoming more innovative and responsive to citizens in the process. Learn how government can leverage Windows 8 to strike this balance.

Public safety starts with cities, large and small

18 February 2013 | Dr. Andrew Hawkins, Managing Director, Public Safety and Justice, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation
Safer communities mean a safer world. Read on to see how technology is supporting global citizens with innovative and collaborative solutions.

Making government lean with virtualization and private cloud

12 February 2013 | Susie Adams, CTO, Microsoft Federal
Virtualization and private cloud are emerging technologies that are driving governments toward a leaner future by improving the cost-effectiveness of existing resources and improving worker productivity. Learn how in our latest blog post.

City’s students benefit from cloud collaboration

04 February 2013 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
In one city’s quest to deliver a great learning experience to students while balancing costs, learn how a switch to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 was able to deliver results on both fronts, and what went into the decision to migrate.

How you can benefit your bottom line by empowering citizens with self-service

07 February 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Learn about the the cost savings and efficiencies that are possible by adopting a more customer-focused approach to governance.

Looking at IP-based phone systems for cost savings and unified communications

03 January 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Learn more about one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways that your organization can save money: By moving to an IP-based phone system.

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.