Mar 08
​Hello!   We've moved the discussion to the Microsoft on Government Blog, where you'll find the latest insight from public sector leaders on how technology is driving government modernization in the US and overseas.  ...read more
Dec 16
 Once the stockings are hung and the presents are wrapped, many children around the world will anxiously await a visit from Santa Clause. While we can guess his path from the North Pole, there is only one organization that knows exactly where Santa is on Christmas Eve: the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). For over 50 years, NORAD has tracked S...read more
Nov 13
By: Laura Caliguiri, Managing Director, U.S. Public Sector Health and Human Services A recent survey, conducted by the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) in collaboration with Microsoft, shed light on state health and human services (HHS) agencies experiences with IT system modernization projects (download the survey report and register for a webinar to learn more about states who are meeting the Modernization challenge here). The survey, taken by a diverse set of HHS agencies, found that most states conducted the due diligence in preparing their agencies for the process, aligning processes and workflows to enable an eff...read more
Nov 06
By Kim Nelson, Microsoft Executive Director for e-Government By end of day – hopefully - we will know the results of state and local elections around the country, in addition to our one national election for the Presidency. These elections, like all of those leading up to it, would not have been possible were it not for the hard working volunteers and often underpaid staffers – both partisan and non-partisan - who labored hard on behalf of their candidates or to simply ensure that voters were able to...read more
Nov 01
By Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government and Security The following was posted on October 30 to the Microsoft on Government Blog: Government employees: get ready, because the way you work may never be the same. There’s a new operating system on the way that will support your flexible work style and ease the burden of using multiple devices, all while keeping your data secure. Its name is Windows 8, and today I’m thrilled to tell you about some of my favorite features and what they mean for you. ...read more
Oct 22
By Bright Side Staff Last week, as part of the 4th Annual Virtual Government Summit, Microsoft announced the appointment of Michael Donlan to Vice President of the company’s State and Local Government business. In his new role, Donlan will be helping U.S. State and Local Government organizations move into a new era of citizen services as they maximize the capabilities of technology investments, reduce overall costs, and boost productivity. ...read more
Oct 16
By Andy Pitman, Microsoft eGovernment Solutions With less than a month until Election Day, many Americans understand the importance of voting and having their voice heard. Here at Microsoft, we’ve made it a priority to help Americans practice their civic duty by developing and supporting innovative ways to make it easier than ever for voters. In addition to programs like MyVote, Microsoft recently teamed up with AT&T and Politics-360 to provide the newly announced app, ...read more
Oct 01
By Bright Side Staff With all the challenges facing state and local governments these days, it’s always great to highlight how organizations are finding ways to operate more efficiently and to serve their citizens better. Last month we told you about the County of San Diego’s industry award for its SharePoint-based Justice Electronic Library System (JELS),...read more
Sep 27
Are you registered? You should be! By Bright Side Staff The State & Local Government Summit virtual conference, a partnership between Microsoft and American City and County, is just around the corner. Mark October 16th and 17th on your calendar to learn from industry thought leaders, state and local government executives, and pu...read more
Sep 25
By Tom Murphy, Director of Public Relations for Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft A key component of our Corporate Citizenship work is bringing the benefits of affordable technology to nonprofit organizations around the world. We do this in a number of ways from donating our software to nonprofits, to providing skills and training for nonprofits directly and in partnership with others. We are always looking at how technology can help community organizations fulfill their mission. Our latest nonprofit technology offering, the Local Impac...read more
Sep 18
By Bright Side Staff Late last month, the Center for Digital Government announced the 2012 winners of its annual Best of the Web (BOW) and Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA), honoring the top websites and digital achievements across the country. We’re excited to recognize Microsoft’s work with San Diego County, winner of two DGAA awards for their SharePoint-based Just...read more
Sep 14
By Bright Side Staff Earlier this month the 2012 Presidential Election went into high gear with the Republican and Democratic National Conventions taking place in Tampa, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina, respectively. Though not a delegate or party member, Microsoft was a major force at both conventions, providing critical technologies and services that support and enhance the democratic process. We caught up with Stan Freck, Director of the Office of Civic Innovation at Microsoft, who spearheaded many of the efforts at the conventions and who was present at both to experience it all. He was kind enough to answer some of our questions and even...read more
Sep 05
By Bright Side Staff A few weeks ago, the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) held its International User Conference, bringing together thousands of map experts and enthusiasts to engage in ArcGIS technology demonstrations and to learn about advancements from mobile to cloud. While the conference itself produced interesting debate and conversation, it also got us thinking about geospatial technologies and what they mean for state and local governments moving forward. To get the discussion rolling, we had a chance to catch up with Joe R...read more
Aug 30
By Bright Side Staff With the 2012 Election Season heating up and the Democratic and Republican conventions in full swing, Microsoft is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to the American democratic process. On Monday we told you about Microsoft’s involvement in the MyVote app for the State of Washington, and today, we’re excited to tell you about Microsoft’s Election 2012 on Xbox LIVE. Announced last week just in...read more
Aug 27
By Bright Side Staff Earlier this month, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed wrote a guest post for the Microsoft on the Issues Blog about his state’s partnership with Microsoft and Facebook to develop MyVote, a new application to be used to reach potential voters online and through social media. MyVote, which can be found on the Washington State Elections Facebook Page as well as Washingto...read more
Aug 22
By Stuart McKee, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft State and Local Government It’s been an exciting year of government cloud deployments here at Microsoft and ...read more
Aug 20
By Bright Side Staff Earlier this month, GovLoop, an online community working to connect government to improve government, launched their latest guide, The GovLoop Guide: Navigating the Digital Government Roadmap.  The trends-driven guidebook focuses on the latest technologies enabling government to increase productivity, improve performance and innovate proactively.  It highlights the top trends for technology and government, and how new and emerging tools are radically changing the government technology landscape. As part of the guide, GovLoop also rele...read more
Aug 16
By Bright Side Staff It’s always exciting to hear about the great partnerships Microsoft is involved in to help state and local governments operate more efficiently as they serve their constituents better. Earlier this week we told you about Microsoft’s partnership with the State of Minnesota, and today we’re excited to announce a new partnership with Mahindra Satyam, a leading global consulting and IT services provider, to launch the Motor Vehicle ...read more
Aug 13
By Stuart McKee, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft State and Local Government Last week, I had the chance to attend the ...read more
Aug 08
By Lieutenant General U.S. Army, RETIRED Mike McDuffie, Vice President of Americas Services at Microsoft Earlier today, Microsoft, the City of New York and the New York Police Department (NYPD) announced an unprecedented partnership, bringing the latest counterterrorism capabilities to justice and law enforcement agencies around the world.  After y...read more
Aug 06
By Bright Side Staff Recently, Why Microsoft, a resource for Microsoft’s strategic and technical differentiations, posted an informative graphic highlighting the differences between using Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps in the workplace. What’s neat about the article is that instead of just listing differences in capabilities between the two cloud-based platforms, Why Microsoft explained the differences using real-life applications. By demonstrating the ways in whic...read more
Jul 30
By Matthew Morse, Senior Associate, Pew Center on the States This guest blog is from the Pew Center on the States, made up of more than 200 policy experts, journalists, researchers, and advocates who work to inform the public and develop policy solutions. Picture this. It’s Election Day, November 6, 2012. You are an election official responsible for making sure the voting process goes smoothly. You see that a number of citizens have tweeted that they are having trouble voting – lines are too long, voters are experiencing difficulties locating a new polling place location, a door is locked, or voting machines aren’t working. ...read more
Jul 24
By Bright Side Staff This month, the National Association of Counties (NACo) held their annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA. While county officials from across the country had the chance to learn about innovative county programs and find out about issues impacting counties in other states, we had the opportunity to catch up with Bert Jarreau, NACo’s Chief Information Officer/Chief Development Officer. As a NACo executive, we thought of no one better to identify some of the biggest issues facing country officials today. ...read more
Jul 19
By Stuart McKee, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft State and Local Government Last week I had the opportunity to return to Austin, Texas to testify in front o...read more
Jul 11
By Bright Side Staff One of the great things about Bright Side is that we often get the opportunity to showcase some of the innovative things Microsoft does to make our communities a better place. Just recently for example, we had the chance to talk to Dave Grobleski, a Senior Consultant within Microsoft Public Sector’s Justice and Public Safety Practice to talk about how citizen outreach programs like Tweet3po and Citizen 360 are working to keep neighborhoods safe and residents aware of their surroundings. To give us a little insight into his brain child, Twe...read more
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