City maturity: Two international standards offer a leg up

09 September 2014 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Meeting citizens’ needs and expectations used to be a solitary endeavor for each city. Now we have ISO 18091 and 37120 to give leaders a much-needed boost.

Reimagine your city and ride another wave of growth

05 September 2014 | Laura Ipsen, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft
Microsoft’s VP for Worldwide Public Sector discusses how CityNext is helping China’s cities reimagine the future and form a competitive edge.

The connected traveler: Redefining the summer vacation

21 August 2014 | Gary Wachowicz, Industry Managing Director, Worldwide Public Sector
How we travel—and how destination cities cope with tourists—is being transformed by mobile devices. See how the venerable summer vacation has changed and what that means to your city.

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

Five Key Traits of Citizen-Centric Governments

14 July 2014 | Suparno Banerjee, Vice President, Public Sector Program Office of the CEO Hewlett-Packard Company
Five Key Traits of Citizen-Centric Governments

NYC Office of Emergency Management

11 July 2014
CityNext Solution Blog

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

World Cities Summit 2014: Takeaways for city leaders

30 June 2014 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
This year, 20,000 leaders from 118 countries convened in Singapore. We asked every mayor we met about their most pressing problems. Here are their Big 3.

Climate change: It’s your move

19 June 2014 | Gary Wachowicz, Industry Managing Director, Worldwide Public Sector
A series of new climate-change reports illustrate, once and for all, that climate change is here. It’s real. And governments need to go green or go home. Here are 3 things you can do now.

The County of Los Angeles ensures cost savings, modernization, and compliance with Office 365 deployment

18 June 2014 | Michael Donlan, Vice President, U.S. State and Local Government Microsoft Corp.
The nation’s most populous county is moving 100,000 users to Microsoft’s cloud solution to better meet the needs of citizens and county employees.

3 city-clusters that are shaping the future

11 June 2014 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
What can we learn from a diamond, a triangle, and a diagonal? That the key to geometric growth and urban sustainability might be right next door.

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.

Milwaukee County upgrades to Office 365 to improve internal collaboration and comply with U.S. privacy and security requirements

02 June 2014 | Michael Donlan, Vice President, U.S. State and Local Government Microsoft Corp.
The largest county in Wisconsin moves 3,375 employees to a Microsoft cloud solution, meeting CJIS and HIPAA standards.

3 ways to turn your data into gold

14 May 2014 | John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
Every city has a massive amount of data at its fingertips. Here are three ways to transform the data you’re already collecting into economic gold.

3 ways to fund smart-city initiatives

12 May 2014 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
With urbanization upon us, new ideas to help cities manage their growth emerge almost daily. Here are three ways to pay for them.

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

How to reinvent citizen collaboration with CRM

21 April 2014 | Kirsten Edmondson Wolfe, Global Industry Director for Public Sector for Microsoft Business Solutions
Cities have a lot to gain when they treat citizens and employees like customers. Here’s how customer relationship management solutions can help.

City Protocol Society: Helping cities evolve from intelligent organisms into sustainable ecosystems

16 April 2014 | Gary Wachowicz, Industry Managing Director, Worldwide Public Sector
This start-up society is asking—and answering—the big question: What is an intelligent city, really? Find out what’s been missing in our answers so far.

City Protocol Society: Creating a lingua franca for cities

14 April 2014 | Dave Welsh , Corporate Standards at Microsoft
Burgeoning cities with stretched resources need to speak to each other and share learnings now more than ever. Learn how CPS aims to bridge the communication gap.

San Francisco City and County upgrade cloud email to Office 365 to support critical public safety requirements in the cloud

10 April 2014 | Michael Donlan, Vice President, U.S. State and Local Government Microsoft Corp.
City moves 29,000 employees to the cloud to reduce IT management costs and improve how key public-safety services—such as law enforcement, fire and rescue, and health—are delivered to citizens.

2020 vision: how our cities will look 60 months from now

07 April 2014 | John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
Cities are quickly transforming their service delivery model, using the Internet of Things, Big Data, and a CRM mindset to treat citizens like customers and create better places to live.

3 keys to launching a citizen-service revolution

26 March 2014 | Gary Wachowicz, Industry Managing Director, Worldwide Public Sector
Within five years, the world’s best cities will wholly transform their approach to citizen services. Will you be one of those cities? If so, you’re probably already addressing these three capabilities.

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.

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.

3 ways Data as a Service (DaaS) helps cities run better

17 March 2014 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
With its promise of delivering data access to anyone, anywhere, DaaS is an opportunity whose time has come. Discover the three ways it improves city operations.

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.

4 governments that are doing CRM right

04 March 2014 | Gary Wachowicz, Industry Managing Director, Worldwide Public Sector
Citizen relationship management is a hot topic this week at Convergence 2014, where governments can learn from the best of the best.

Mobility first: 4 simple steps to connect your city and its workers

18 February 2014 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
If there’s a device in every pocket, how is it possible that millions of government workers are untethered for much of their workday? Here are 4 steps to keep your city and its remote workers connected.

Breakthrough year for public/private collaboration in emergencies?

12 February 2014 | Charles Jennings, CEO, Swan Island Networks
No government can fully prepare for events like the recent ice storm that hit Atlanta, but with better public/private collaboration, emergency response can be much improved. Here’s one way to make it happen.

Mobility in cities: 3 amazing apps to transform the way you work

10 February 2014 | Gary Wachowicz, Industry Managing Director, Worldwide Public Sector
Mobile apps change lives. Learn about three apps that promise to bring real value to your city government.

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.

Looking back and ahead: IT trends to watch

08 January 2014 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
As the calendar turns, we take a look at 7 IT trends that are transforming the future of the world’s cities.

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.

Accessible technology: Make sure you measure up

04 December 2013 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Around the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it’s time to assess your progress and explore three pivotal areas for improvement.

Government on the Move

27 November 2013 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
U.S. governments get mobile and connect with citizens

Charlotte puts its best foot forward for the DNC

26 November 2013 | Kirsten Edmondson Wolfe, Global Industry Director for Public Sector for Microsoft Business Solutions
The eyes of the world were on Charlotte for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Here’s how the city made the most of its time in the spotlight.

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.

Microsoft Government Virtual Summit: Transform & Guide Your Organization

15 November 2013 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Join us December 10th, 2013 for the Microsoft Government Virtual Summit, hosted with American City & Country, and streaming live from the Microsoft Studios.

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.

State and Local Governments Reap Benefits of Technology to Transform Cities

13 November 2013 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
The 2013 Congress of Cities and Exposition brings together city leaders from across the United States. Find out how state and local governments are on the leading edge of progress.

Tel Aviv: 4 months to a sustainable future

05 November 2013 | Maor David-Pur, Government SSP, Microsoft Israel
One of the world’s most innovative cities transformed its service delivery model to stay ahead of the coming population boom. Here’s how they did it in record time.

Technology is a catalyst for building innovative and people-centred cities across Asia

04 November 2013 | Vijay Jagannathan, Secretary General, CityNet
A new narrative for Asian urbanization: focus on boundless opportunities and appetite for change

Big Data’s big moment: Turning data into better places to live

30 October 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Cities collect tons of data points. Discover five huge opportunities for governments that start connecting the dots right now.

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 China is connecting a billion-plus citizens with the world’s longest high-speed rail line

25 October 2013 | Lane Swensen, Senior Product Marketing Specialist, Software, Invensys
The first 75 miles debuted with the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At full build-out in 2020, the network will span 7,500 miles and 800 stations, all controlled by Invensys software

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.

Citizen services in Barcelona: now it’s personal

09 October 2013 | Kirsten Edmondson Wolfe, Global Industry Director for Public Sector for Microsoft Business Solutions
Barcelona is working to become one of the world’s leading smart cities. To get there, they’re building personal relationships between the city, its citizens, and their devices.

Coming soon: Government-focused cloud services

07 October 2013 | Susie Adams, CTO, Microsoft Federal
U.S. government agencies can realize benefits of the cloud with government-specific environment

Uncovering the real ROI of innovative city technologies

04 October 2013 | Gary Wachowicz, Industry Managing Director, Worldwide Public Sector
Efficiency, sustainability, convenience, and better quality of life. Those are just a few of the benefits that intelligent systems bring to today's cities.

Empowering local governments with technology to transform Africa’s cities

03 October 2013 | Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi , Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments Africa
Memorandum of Understanding between Microsoft and the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa to shape urban future of cities across Africa

Greetings from Ecuador

02 October 2013 | Kathryn Willson, Director, Cities Solutions, Microsoft Corporation
Once a city on the brink, beautiful Quito is riding a wave of urban renewal as host of this year’s Meeting of Digital Cities.

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.

Collaborative transformation: 2 visionary cities lead the way

11 September 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Cities around the world are entering a new era of open communication between citizens, businesses, and government leaders. Here are two cities that are driving the conversation.

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.

Five steps to developing a Smart City platform

04 September 2013 | Gary Wachowicz, Industry Managing Director, Worldwide Public Sector
Modernization. Urbanization. Austerity. The world’s cities are under pressure. Discover their holy grail and how to get it.

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.

Bloomington, Illinois: fast track to modernization

12 August 2013 | Chris Foreman, CEO, AvePoint Public Sector, Inc.
The city of Bloomington needed to modernize operations without losing data or disrupting city services. SharePoint and a migration platform from AvePoint made it happen in one day.

Lessons from Detroit: a new city rises up

05 August 2013 | John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
Detroit is both a cautionary tale and a lesson in survival for the world’s cities. Here are three things to remember—and emulate—as Detroit gets back on its feet.

How to empower a mobile workforce

17 July 2013 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
For dispersed workforces, mobility is the key to productivity. Here’s one city that’s riding mobile adoption into the future.

Building a partnership for better cities

15 July 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Cities represent a new frontier that’s evolving and growing at a record pace, with challenges to match. Can technology help local governments keep up?

Focus on people first—and cities will thrive

10 July 2013 | Orlando Ayala, Chairman, Emerging Markets
Vast, unlocked human potential exists in cities around the globe. Tap into that power to create a city that thrives.

Three ways Open Data is changing the world

10 July 2013 | Safouen Rabah, VP of Product, Socrata
The Open Data movement is triggering a sea change in how governments and citizens interact. Here are three examples.

Three priorities for Dynamic Leaders

01 July 2013 | Kirsten Edmondson Wolfe, Global Industry Director for Public Sector for Microsoft Business Solutions
Dynamic Leaders are just that: dynamic, decisive, proactive. See how their secret technology weapon fuels fast, informed decisions.

Microsoft announces new CRM app store for government organizations and schools of all sizes

20 June 2013 | Michael Batt, Senior Director Dynamic CRM for State & Local Government, Education and Healthcare, Microsoft
Microsoft Dynamics announces a new online application store dedicated to government and public sector solutions based on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform. The CRM App Store for Dynamics provides customers with an easy “Click, Try, and Buy” experience.

eGov transformation: a priority whose time has come

17 June 2013 | Jose Antonio Ondiviela, Western Europe Industry Market Development Manager
eGov initiatives can transform how a city government operates—but only if the city is all in. It takes both a front-end and back-end investment to truly transform how a city works.

Citizen connection is the hidden phase in emergency management planning

04 June 2013 | Richard Zak, Industry Solutions Manager – Justice & Public Safety, Microsoft State & Local Government
Emergency management professionals look at many aspects of communities, citizens, events, and resources as part of their planning but there’s a critical...

A six-point criteria for your effective use of city sensors

20 May 2013 | Jose Antonio Ondiviela, Western Europe Industry Market Development Manager
IT can help cities enhance the quality of life for their citizens. But just because data is increasingly affordable to gather, it doesn’t mean you should be installing sensors on every corner. Consider these six criteria when deciding how to deploy sensor

Social media drives citizen interactions

15 May 2013 | Yasser Hassan, Government Industry Director, Middle East and Africa
Turkish cities are tapping into social media to improve services to their residents – see how one municipality made the move.

Smart buildings save energy and money

06 May 2013 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Going green is here to stay—and smart cities around the world are getting on board. Let us show you how to green your city’s buildings for huge environmental and bottom-line impacts.

Rome wasn’t built in a day

22 April 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
"Smart cities" are coming, but they are likely to evolve over time, not spring up overnight. See how Varburg, Sweden, took the first step with minimal investment.

The unsung heroes in building better cities

08 April 2013 | Marianne Janik, Senior Director Public Sector, Germany
Government officials must be smart to build better cities, but your IT software doesn't always have to be.

Workers at Australian city council get productivity refresh

20 March 2013 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Pioneering an enterprise network telephony solution, a city council in Australia reduced its costs by 75 percent and built a more mobile, productive and collaborative workforce with support for anywhere, anytime working.

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

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.

Putting on the U.S. Democratic National Convention

17 January 2013 | Andy Pitman, Microsoft eGovernment Solutions
The city of Charlotte, N.C., hosted one of the biggest events of 2012 – the Democratic National Convention. Learn how the city prepared for this momentous occasion, and managed the high volume of event permit requests related to the convention.

City Protocol Society—A new catalyst forging smarter cities

15 January 2013 | Elias Ramos, Western Europe Government Director
In the midst of global urbanization and at a time of transformation for cities, read how a new organization is making it easier for cities around the world to collaborate and learn from one other’s experiences.

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.

City of Miami sees revenue growth in enhanced citizen services

09 October 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Citizens expect higher levels of customer service from their governments than ever before. Learn how the City of Miami is addressing these demands, and generating revenue in the process.

City of Miami Upgrades Browser to Increase Revenue Through Online Services

01 October 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
With all the challenges facing state and local governments these days, it’s always great to highlight cities like Miami, which is allowing citizens to apply and pay for building permits online and employees to efficiently process the transactions.

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.

City of Luxor, Egypt: A lesson in tech-savvy tourism

18 September 2012 | Yasser Hassan, Government Industry Director, Middle East and Africa
Egyptian World Heritage site launches a mobile app for Windows 7 devices to enhance and revitalize the local tourism experience.

Microsoft, NYPD team up on global counterterrorism solution

09 August 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Learn about new technology designed to improve public safety for citizens across the globe.

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.

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.

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 your agency can drive economic growth by eliminating licensing "Red Tape"

26 January 2012 | Glenn Berg, Provincial Government Industry Manager, Microsoft Canada
Learn how to create a robust, easy to change licensing and permit system that facilitates business growth and development, and allows you to collect government data and revenue more effectively.

Looking at software that can help you save on energy consumption

12 January 2012 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Learn how your organization can save on its energy consumption - and spending - by making your buildings more energy smart.

Making cities energy smart

19 December 2011 | Eric Basha, Managing Director, Cities
Learn how your city can leverage cloud computing to become more energy smart, and address the challenges of managing a smarter grid.

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.

Energy-smart buildings: Using powerful analytics to reduce environmental impact

25 October 2011 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Josh Henretig (Director, Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft) about the smart building project launched to help Microsoft reduce carbon emissions per unit of revenue by at least 30 percent by 2012.

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.

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.