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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 open-data challenges and how to overcome them

12 March 2014 | Parul Bhandari, Government Lead, Open Data and Big Data
Although governments worldwide have now opened up some 1 million data sets, challenges remain. Here are the top 3 and how to deal with them.

E-transformation: 6 questions for Hamburg’s CIO

28 January 2014 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Jörn Riedel, CIO of the city of Hamburg, talks to Microsoft on Government about his city’s efforts to fundamentally transform and improve service delivery to citizens.

Why the world comes to Barcelona

18 December 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
9,000 visitors. 300 cities. This year’s Smart City Expo immersed mayors in real-life solutions to their cities’ toughest challenges.

French Ministry of Education takes collaboration to the next step

27 November 2013 | Monique Mulder, VP Government, CGI
Project Pléïade transforms how central administration staff and regional education authorities collaborate, enabling them to work more closely together.

Making mobility a reality in Hamburg

22 November 2013 | Magdalena Theisen, Business Development Manager, Germany Public Sector, Microsoft
Need to mobilize thousands of workers across as many hectares? No problem. Just follow the Hamburg Port Authority’s lead.

6 months to 100 transportation apps

21 November 2013 | David Burrows, Managing Director of Government Industry, Europe, Middle East & Africa
How do you ignite innovation on a city budget? Learn how Manchester, England, did just that by moving its data to the cloud and giving it to developers.

Inside Barcelona: A future city shares its secrets

20 November 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
If you’re looking for ways to build your city of the future, look no further than Barcelona. Discover why city leaders worldwide come here for answers.

Smart City Expo: Helping cities change the world

14 November 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Next week, leaders will gather in Barcelona to discuss the future of cities. Find out what’s happening and how to be part of it all.

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.

Four keys to government cyber security

20 October 2013 | Dr. Andrew Hawkins, Managing Director, Public Safety and Justice, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Corporation
To battle rising cyber crime, Poland launched a multipronged attack. See how they did it, and get some ideas for safeguarding your own systems.

It’s cyber security month. Is your backdoor locked?

14 October 2013 | John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
Cyber security is part technology and part personal initiative. Here are three actions you can take right now to make your agency cyber-secure.

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.

6 things you must know about the national cloud

02 September 2013 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
National cloud is coming, if not for you then for a government next door. Here are six things to know about a global transformation that’s already underway.

Is cyber resilience part of your business case yet?

28 August 2013 | Patrick de Graaf , Senior Consultant, Capgemini Consulting
Don’t leave your cyber security to chance. It’s time to make the case for investing in cyber resilience as a strategic priority.

Modern service delivery: Spain automates and earns international recognition

19 August 2013 | Kirsten Edmondson Wolfe, Global Industry Director for Public Sector for Microsoft Business Solutions
A regional authority reinvented service delivery, eliminating metric tons of CO2 and saving millions of euros a year. Citizens are happy, officials are thrilled, and the UN took notice—here’s why.

Empowering citizens for positive change

14 August 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Governments create a win-win outcome when they connect public-service strategies with the public’s desire to live in a great community. The proof is in your local landfill.

A $14 trillion call to action on climate change

13 March 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
At this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF), a WEF-commissioned report called for a $14 trillion investment in greening the global economy to safeguard our future from the threat of climate change. Learn how government IT factors into the picture.

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.

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.

3 tips for success with CRM in government

10 January 2013 | Michael Wignall, Public Sector Sales Lead - Dynamics, Microsoft UK
As governments move more citizen services to ‘digital by default’, CRM technology can be a catalyst for this transition. In this post, we share three tips for successful CRM deployments, based on our conversations with dozens of customers.

How ERP accelerated support for smarter transit in Delhi

18 December 2012 | Rahul Chitale, Director, Cloud Services, Microsoft India
Delhi is the second most populated metropolis in India, and the demands on public transportation are enormous. Learn how a public-private venture company created more value for transport in Delhi by fast tracking its own business with ERP.

Norway—at the leading edge of digitalization

12 December 2012 | Halvor Walla, Strategy Director, Software Innovation
Everyone is talking about “digitalization,” but what does that really mean? Learn how one Norwegian organization is taking steps to digitalize and is seeing early benefits from its transition.

The technology prescription for healthier cities

10 December 2012 | Mark Day, Managing Director, Public Health & Social Services, Worldwide Public Sector
As urbanization continues to take off around the world, what health impacts will citizens face? Learn how government leaders, professionals, communities, and citizens are taking action with technology to build healthier cities.

Barcelona’s decades of IT innovation are paying off

07 December 2012 | Elias Ramos, Western Europe Government Director
In this video case study, we explore the city of Barcelona’s innovative IT practices, including open data initiatives, and how they’re paying off by helping the city solve complex challenges and encourage economic development.

My takeaways from the Smart City Expo World Congress

26 November 2012 | Eric Basha, Managing Director, Cities
Read observations from the Smart City Expo World Congress that consider what truly makes for a “Smart City” and how a broad range of technologies can help cities reach their goals. This is the first post in a bi-weekly Monday series on cities.

Want to know how government is already using Windows 8?

15 November 2012 | Joe Macri, Vice President, EMEA Public Sector
With the recent launch of Windows 8 government early adopters are already making the move to the latest operating system from Microsoft, and they like what they see. Want to know about their experience with Windows 8 so far?

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.

Unleashing the potential of cloud computing in Europe

11 October 2012 | Elias Ramos, Western Europe Government Director
EU strategy calls for a more unified cloud environment that takes advantage of economies of scale

A bright future for cities? Thoughts from the “Future of Cities” forum

25 September 2012 | David Burrows, Managing Director of Government Industry, Europe, Middle East & Africa
Learn how technology plays a critical role in advancing modern cities as well as energy efficiency and sustainability.

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.

Getting back in touch: Portugal undergoes citizen services revolution

23 August 2012 | Paul Hart, EMEA Public Sector Marketing Director
Read this synopsis of the cover story from the summer issue of TOUCH magazine.

How unified communications brought £1 million in savings to the Scottish Borders Council

14 August 2012 | David Burrows, Managing Director of Government Industry, Europe, Middle East & Africa
Find out how this agency saved money and increased productivity through collaboration tools.

Just in time for Olympics, London’s Tube Lines improves efficiency

31 July 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out how Tube Lines found creative ways to achieve efficiencies and cut costs.

All for one, one for all: Governments broaden vision for shared clouds and services

26 July 2012 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Find out how the EU and U.S. are looking at the benefits of leveraging cloud for shared services.

U.K. District Councils cut costs by creating a new company

24 July 2012 | David Burrows, Managing Director of Government Industry, Europe, Middle East & Africa
Find out how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM helped deliver cost savings.

How Spain’s Generalitat of Catalonia used Dynamics CRM to address domestic violence

12 July 2012 | Jose Antonio Ondiviela, Western Europe Industry Market Development Manager
Read this story of an organization leveraging technology to achieve increased productivity internally while improving care for victims of domestic violence.

A vision for Denmark: An innovative public sector that promotes quality and shared responsibility

22 June 2012 | David Burrows, Managing Director of Government Industry, Europe, Middle East & Africa
Learn about the research supporting a sweeping new Danish government policy designed to promote economic, social, political, and environmental sustainability.

Government catching the Big Data train

19 June 2012 | Parul Bhandari, Government Lead, Open Data and Big Data
Learn why it’s time to invest in Big Data, and how to get started today.

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.

GovCamps: Bringing governments and constituents closer together to solve shared challenges

26 April 2012 | Rodrigo Becerra Mizuno, Managing Director Government, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out how these unique events engage citizens and government organizations in dialogue to affect change.

My observations from the 2012 Worldwide Government Solutions Forum

25 April 2012 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Read highlights from sessions that demonstrate how technology is helping governments achieve real results and make a positive impact on citizens.

Microsoft checking in at the 2012 Worldwide Government Solutions Forum

23 April 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out what public sector IT leaders are talking about in London this week.

Measuring the economic potential of cloud computing in Poland

17 April 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out how cloud computing can improve a nation’s competitiveness, citizen services, and overall operational efficiency.

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.

How a modern government workforce can meet today’s economic challenges

23 February 2012 | Glenn Berg, Provincial Government Industry Manager, Microsoft Canada
Find out how workforce modernization initiatives can help governments reduce costs while boosting productivity to stimulate business growth.

Does technology determine a country’s economic success?

14 February 2012 | Elias Ramos, Western Europe Government Director
See how the World Economic Forum correlates the importance of technology to a country's global competitiveness.

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.

UK Government Gateway: A model for e-government service

16 January 2012 | Gordon McKenzie, Government Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out more about this successful project focused on e-enabling government services and transactions.

Looking to the cloud for cost savings and efficiency

15 December 2011 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Read the next installment of our Saving Governments Money series to find ways that the cloud can help your organization simplify and streamline its IT resources.

Cloud powered forms reap benefits for UK Councils

13 December 2011 | Gordon McKenzie, Government Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector
Learn how one agency is using a hybrid cloud model to support smart forms.

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.

Microsoft partner solutions with environmental benefits

17 November 2011 | Per Bendix Olsen, Senior Director, Partners, Public Sector, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa
Find out how some Microsoft partners are building brilliant solutions for more energy-efficient cities.

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.