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

Building the ‘data dividend’ for citizens

23 June 2014 | Gary Wachowicz, Industry Managing Director, Worldwide Public Sector
Smart cities around the world stand to gain $206 billion in value over the next four years by using the data they collect. Here are 4 areas with the biggest ROI.

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.

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

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.

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.

Information services turn Big Data into big insights for cities

19 March 2014 | Charles Jennings, CEO, Swan Island Networks
Data is flowing like lifeblood through your city—from 911 calls, traffic sensors, crime reports, and countless other sources. Start connecting the dots among data sources and you might be amazed at what you learn.

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.

Online forum: insights for transforming into a lean, modern agency

25 February 2014 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Every government agency wants to run more efficiently, but sometimes the gap between innovation and transformation is too big a leap. This forum will help close the gap.

Microsoft helps NORAD capture the magic of tracking Santa's journey

18 December 2013 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Santa goes high-tech with 3D, touch-enabled NORAD Tracks Santa website

3 marks of a successful city operations center

09 December 2013 | Gary Wachowicz, Industry Managing Director, Worldwide Public Sector
Centralized command is the key to running a large event—or a growing city. Here are the 3 areas that successful cities and their operations teams focus on.

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.

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.

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.

Microsoft Office 365 now available for use by California law enforcement agencies

23 October 2013 | Michael Donlan, Vice President, U.S. State and Local Government Microsoft Corp.
California state Office 365 customers can now have law enforcement agencies use Microsoft Office 365 thanks to it meeting FBI CJIS Security Policy requirements

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.

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

IT/OT convergence: Big impact for smarter cities

30 September 2013 | Jeff Meyers, Smart Grid Strategy and Development
Operations Technology (OT) is getting smarter all the time. A thoughtful approach will ensure that cities can leverage the benefits of IT-enhanced OT.

Security of Windows Azure vetted by federal board

30 September 2013 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Today marks an important day here at Microsoft. Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure and Windows Azure public cloud solution is the first joint infrastructure and platform...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hackathon aims to improve voter experience in NYC

18 July 2013 | Andy Pitman, Microsoft eGovernment Solutions
Microsoft and PEW Charitable Trusts’ Voting Information Project (VIP) will bring developers and designers together for a hackathon in New York City on August 2-3. This event will help generate socially innovative applications to improve the voting...

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...

Department of Veterans Affairs Wins Customer Excellence Award

20 March 2013 | David Willis, Vice President, US Dynamics
This week at Convergence 2013, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs was recognized as the Microsoft Dynamics Customer Excellence Award Winner in Federal Government for the real impact it is delivering to veterans and their beneficiaries.

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.

Texas moves to the cloud with Microsoft

15 February 2013 | Michael Donlan, Vice President, U.S. State and Local Government Microsoft Corp.
As government organizations look to the cloud, they need to ensure that their cloud solutions meet rigorous standards to keep their sensitive data safe. Learn why the State of Texas partnered with Microsoft for its move to the cloud.

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 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.

Microsoft technology gets the vote in U.S. elections

20 September 2012 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Learn how Microsoft is powering the democratic political process leading up to the 2012 U.S. presidential election—from interactive content on Xbox LIVE to featured technologies at the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

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.

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.

Now is the time for governments to transition to the cloud

07 June 2012 | Joe Scalone, Senior Program Manager, International Government Affairs
Find out how to increase productivity and reduce costs by embracing the cloud.

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.