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




Governments are challenged to do new with less. To shed some light on how the power of technology is able to create new value, we are hosting a Virtual Summit on “The Path to Lean and Modern Government” December 10th, from 9 AM – 12 PM PST.

I invite you to join us for this interactive online experience, featuring interviews and conversations with thought leaders, industry experts, and government organizations. Gain a strategic perspective on the innovative ways governments like yours are using technology to modernize and streamline their operations and citizen services, all from the comfort of your home of office.

What’s on the agenda?

The summit kicks off with a session on the evolving government workplace – an exploration into how recent technology trends, a changing demographic, and ever-increasing austerity measures can result in changes in the government workplace. Local government officials and Microsoft executives will be on-hand to discuss how technology fits into the equation, and what governments can do to prepare.

I’m especially excited for a session on cloud migration, where you can learn how social connections, mobility, and pervasive information converge to create new opportunities for governments. As part of the session, we’ll discuss how enterprise-quality technologies can create a seamless business experience, regardless of whether your government employees or citizens are using traditional apps or cloud-based services, or working from a PC or mobile device. To explore the eight sessions we have planned, check out the agenda here.

Who’s presenting?

We have a great line-up of experts from government organizations and Microsoft on hand to share their insights. Here is a sneak peek:

Vijay Sammeta is the Chief Information Officer for the City of San Jose and has over 20 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit high-tech industry. As CIO for the 10th largest city in the United States, he is responsible for shaping San Jose, CA's direction for IT strategy, leading the IT Department of approximately 100 employees and overseeing its annual $17 million operating budget.

Stuart McKee is Chief Technology Officer – State & Local Government at Microsoft. For over 9 years, McKee has been responsible for driving a comprehensive set of technical and business strategies for the U.S. public sector business at Microsoft.  Previously, McKee spent over 2 years as the Chief Information Officer for the State of Washington, responsible for 420 full time employees and a $150 million a year technology services budget. 

What’s in it for me?

A Lean and Modern Government certificate will be issued to everyone who attends five sessions. It’s a great way to show your organization that you’re committed to expanding productivity while enhancing citizen services.

Interested? You can join us for what promises to be an interesting, engaging event by registering here.

Have a comment or opinion on this post? Let me know @Microsoft_Gov. Or e-mail us at ongovernment@microsoft.com.

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Michele Bedford Thistle
Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Microsoft on Government Blog

About the Author

Michele Bedford Thistle | Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Michele is focused on sharing stories from government customers creating real impact for citizens, employees, economies, and students. She joined the worldwide team from Microsoft Canada, where she was also marketing lead for several technology start-ups.