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

2014-04-10 | 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.

6 questions to ask your IT staff about data security in the cloud

2014-04-02 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
Before you deploy a national cloud, go ahead and put your IT team on the spot. Their response to these 6 questions will determine your level of readiness for a national cloud deployment.

The cloud-based information hub that saves tax payers millions

2014-03-24 | 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 ways Data as a Service (DaaS) helps cities run better

2014-03-17 | 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.

3 first steps for building a hybrid national cloud

2014-03-03 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
Hybrid cloud is an idea whose time has come, but for most governments, the first steps are the hardest.

4 ways the world’s utilities must evolve

2014-02-21 | Bill Mitchel, Senior Director for Microsoft’s World Wide Public Sector team
The word from the DistribuTECH conference: utilities are at a tipping point in their use of Big Data and analytics, devices, social media, and the cloud.

Breakthrough year for public/private collaboration in emergencies?

2014-02-12 | 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.

Cloud OS Network: 5 important things to know

2014-02-05 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
Microsoft’s new global cloud consortium launched in December. Here are the top-five questions government leaders are asking.

3 groups are winning big in the cloud

2014-01-22 | Hany Morcos, Cloud Technologies Director, Microsoft Middle East and Africa
Countries worldwide are getting their productivity and collaboration software from the cloud and bringing economic benefits and efficiency gains to diverse groups. Here are three big winners.

4 keys to government workplace modernization

2014-01-20 | John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
When governments run like modern businesses, service quality improves—and citizens notice.

3 reasons governments must modernize now

2014-01-15 | John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
Governments, like businesses, need to evolve to stay viable and competitive. Here are 3 reasons why budget-conscious governments need to start modernizing, and fast.

Looking back and ahead: IT trends to watch

2014-01-08 | 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.

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

2013-12-18 | 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

How to choose the right national cloud service provider

2013-12-02 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
Success in the cloud depends on finding the right partner. Let this checklist of 6 items be your guide.

Charlotte puts its best foot forward for the DNC

2013-11-26 | 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

2013-11-22 | 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.

Microsoft Government Virtual Summit: Transform & Guide Your Organization

2013-11-15 | 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.

Three FAQs for your national cloud rollout

2013-11-06 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
I’ve probably heard a thousand questions from government leaders who are planning a national cloud deployment. Here are the top three.

Tel Aviv: 4 months to a sustainable future

2013-11-05 | 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

2013-11-04 | Vijay Jagannathan, Secretary General, CityNet
A new narrative for Asian urbanization: focus on boundless opportunities and appetite for change

The fastest path to ROI in the national cloud

2013-10-07 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
National clouds are all the rage, but how to pay for it? Here are 3 best practices to make it pay for itself.

Coming soon: Government-focused cloud services

2013-10-07 | Susie Adams, CTO, Microsoft Federal
U.S. government agencies can realize benefits of the cloud with government-specific environment

Preparing cities for mass urbanization

2013-09-25 | 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.

Smart building management goes mobile

2013-09-19 | 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

2013-09-11 | 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.

6 things you must know about the national cloud

2013-09-02 | 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

2013-08-21 | 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.

National cloud approach #3: just buy it

2013-08-07 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
Why build it when you can buy it? Large governments like to go down the procurement path for all sorts of services. But when it comes to the cloud, fewer than one in ten have made it work.

Three ways Open Data is changing the world

2013-07-10 | 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.

National cloud approach #2: Roll your own

2013-07-03 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
Nearly one-third of the world’s governments act as their own cloud service provider. Here is why, how, and what it takes to stand-up your own national cloud.

Big weather, big data, and that little device you carry

2013-06-10 | Mark Gayler, Open Software Evangelist, Microsoft
Forecast: nice and cloudy. Especially in the UK, where an innovative cloud solution brings the government’s massive weather data to citizens and their many devices.

Three approaches to national cloud strategy

2013-05-01 | Dan Mannion, Director, Public Sector Cloud Strategy
When moving to the cloud, it’s hard to know where to begin. But no need to start from scratch—here are three proven strategies already in use.

Top three challenges of moving to the cloud

2013-04-10 | Kellie Ann Chainier, Director of Office Regulatory and Policy Strategy, Worldwide Public Sector
Cloud computing has a huge upside for government agencies, but the transition isn't all sunshine and roses. Check out our strategies for managing three key concerns.

The unsung heroes in building better cities

2013-04-08 | 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.

Secure mobility, simplified

2013-03-26 | Kent Cunningham, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Federal, Civilian and Healthcare
Government workers want to use their own devices, and agency IT leaders have to maintain security. Learn how the latest mobility management tools are making BYOD a secure, and simplified reality.

Three factors driving cloud adoption in government

2013-03-25 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
The cloud is prevalent in government today, but that wasn’t always the case. Learn about three factors that have catalyzed the adoption of cloud in government, why they’re important, and what it means for the future.

The world beyond email: collaboration tools find a home in the cloud

2013-03-14 | 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

A $14 trillion call to action on climate change

2013-03-13 | 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.

Elections in the era of big data: cloud, mobility, and the evolution of campaign management

2013-03-12 | Stan Freck, Senior Director for Campaigns & Elections in Microsoft’s US Public Sector Office of Civic Innovation
New mobile and social technologies are empowering political campaigns to connect with voters in highly targeted, highly personal ways. Learn more about how candidates are using these same tools to transform campaign management.

City governments take lead on reducing energy consumption

2013-03-04 | 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.

Elections management and the cloud: a perfect match

2013-02-28 | Andy Pitman, Microsoft eGovernment Solutions
Learn how cloud computing is transforming the way governments manage elections cycles.

Supporting disaster relief and reconstruction across the globe

2013-02-27 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Natural disasters can strike at any time, meaning that the time to prepare is now. In the wake of recent natural disasters, we reflect on how our customers around the world are preparing for the future.

The cost savings journey: from virtualization to the cloud

2013-02-25 | Keith Olinger, Senior Director, U.S. State and Local Government
Learn how a hybrid cloud approach, leveraging both public and private cloud options, is the future of government IT.

Texas moves to the cloud with Microsoft

2013-02-15 | 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.

Making government lean with virtualization and private cloud

2013-02-12 | Susie Adams, CTO, Microsoft Federal
Virtualization and private cloud are emerging technologies that are driving governments toward a leaner future by improving the cost-effectiveness of existing resources and improving worker productivity. Learn how in our latest blog post.

Tech predictions: what’s ahead for Asia/Pacific in 2013

2013-02-06 | Jim Butler, Senior Director, Public Sector Partners in Asia
As governments seek to engage their constituents and deliver citizen-centric services, technology will play a key role—but it won’t come without challenges. According to IDC Government Insights, here’s what’s in store for the Asia/Pacific region in 2013.

City’s students benefit from cloud collaboration

2013-02-04 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
In one city’s quest to deliver a great learning experience to students while balancing costs, learn how a switch to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 was able to deliver results on both fronts, and what went into the decision to migrate.

Tracking Santa in the cloud and what it means for government

2013-01-24 | Dana Barnes, Director, Microsoft Joint & Defense Agencies
Backed by the power of cloud computing, this year’s NORAD Santa Tracker program was a huge success. Learn how the cloud scaled to meet the demands of tracking Santa’s journey, and what that means for government organizations in the age of Big Data.

The Windy City teams with Microsoft on cloud strategy

2013-01-03 | Michael Donlan, Vice President, U.S. State and Local Government Microsoft Corp.
Learn how the City of Chicago is leveraging Microsoft Office 365 to modernize its digital infrastructure and save more than $1.3 million in taxpayer dollars.

A New Year's resolution: smarter cities in 2013

2012-12-23 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Cities are in the midst of a transformation when it comes to engaging citizens. In a time of increased connectivity, growing citizen demands, and shrinking budgets, what are some of the trends enabling "smart" cities to adapt?

How Microsoft ensures privacy, security in the cloud

2012-12-19 | Kellie Ann Chainier, Director of Office Regulatory and Policy Strategy, Worldwide Public Sector
A cloud is only as good as its assurance of data security and privacy. Learn how your government organization can quickly identify how Microsoft’s cloud services stack up in these two critical areas.

How will you know when Santa Claus is coming to town?

2012-12-11 | Curt Kolcun, Vice President, U.S. Public Sector
As Christmas approaches, learn how NORAD and Microsoft will help children around the world track Santa’s journey.

When is a cloud business solution right for your agency?

2012-11-14 | Susie Adams, CTO, Microsoft Federal
This week Microsoft Dynamics announced the availability of new cloud-based business solutions built specifically for federal government agencies.

U.S. federal agency to move 25,000 users to the cloud

2012-11-06 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Cloud adoption continues to gain speed across the U.S. public sector. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is latest to make the move, with plans to migrate roughly 25,000 users to Office 365. How much does the EPA expect to save? Learn here.

Realizing the promise of India’s big data frontier

2012-10-24 | Rahul Chitale, Director, Cloud Services, Microsoft India
As India’s government grapples with petabytes of big data, cloud computing and other emerging technologies can help turn this information into actionable insights.

15,000 city employees on O365

2012-10-22 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
California County of Santa Clara in the U.S. joins a growing list of government organizations that are turning to Microsoft Office 365 to cut costs and improve operations

How the cloud transformed government worker productivity in Albania

2012-10-16 | Josh Rice, Director, Technology Sales and Licensing, Worldwide Public Sector
Albania’s move to cloud computing enabled IT workers to become 70% more productive and shift efforts to more strategic issues and priorities

Unleashing the potential of cloud computing in Europe

2012-10-11 | Elias Ramos, Western Europe Government Director
EU strategy calls for a more unified cloud environment that takes advantage of economies of scale

Thinking about a private cloud for your agency?

2012-08-29 | Alan Merrihew, Senior Director of Government Technology Strategy, Worldwide Public Sector
Lean how to implement a private cloud with Windows Azure Services.

Private cloud helps Saudi Postal Service cut operating costs in half

2012-08-21 | Yasser Hassan, Government Industry Director, Middle East and Africa
Find out how this government organization gained efficiencies with a private cloud.

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

2012-07-26 | 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.

How to get the most value from the cloud, while ensuring data protection and compliance

2012-07-18 | Elias Ramos, Western Europe Government Director
Find out how Office 365 is helping meet rigorous industry standards.

Now is the time for governments to transition to the cloud

2012-06-07 | Joe Scalone, Senior Program Manager, International Government Affairs
Find out how to increase productivity and reduce costs by embracing the cloud.

Blue skies ahead for open government in the UK

2012-05-22 | 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.

Finding real cost savings, efficiency in government through shared services

2012-05-17 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Learn about the benefits of shared services and how one government is attributing great cost savings to this strategy.

Embracing change: Employees are increasingly tied to technology transformation

2012-05-02 | Cigdem Aygun, Government Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out how technology trends are impacting employees and IT decision-making.

My observations from the 2012 Worldwide Government Solutions Forum

2012-04-25 | 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

2012-04-23 | 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.

Big Data making a ‘big entrance’ on the worldwide public sector stage

2012-04-19 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Find out how governments are unlocking the potential of Big Data with unique applications.

Measuring the economic potential of cloud computing in Poland

2012-04-17 | 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.

Cloud Security Alliance makes cloud security more transparent with new STAR Registry

2012-04-05 | Kellie Ann Chainier, Director of Office Regulatory and Policy Strategy, Worldwide Public Sector
Learn about a publicly-accessible reference designed to help you evaluate the best cloud provider for your specific security needs.

On tour: Talking about connecting government

2012-03-13 | Alan Merrihew, Senior Director of Government Technology Strategy, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out how we’re helping customers understand how to implement the Connected Government Framework.

Look before you leap: How to evaluate cloud solutions

2012-03-06 | Kellie Ann Chainier, Director of Office Regulatory and Policy Strategy, Worldwide Public Sector
Learn about the hidden costs of Google Apps and find out how to evaluate cloud computing solutions that meet specific public sector needs.

Microsoft cloud momentum evident in industry awards

2012-02-28 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out how and why Microsoft is continuing to earn recognition from the industry for cloud innovation.

Does technology determine a country’s economic success?

2012-02-14 | Elias Ramos, Western Europe Government Director
See how the World Economic Forum correlates the importance of technology to a country's global competitiveness.

It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place

2012-02-09 | Alan Merrihew, Senior Director of Government Technology Strategy, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out how cloud computing levels the ICT playing field for developing nations, and can help developed nations reallocate resources to maintain their relative competitiveness - if only they are willing to adapt and embrace new ways of doing things.

Ontario government sees big potential in a private cloud

2012-01-18 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Cloud computing is already helping countless government organizations tackle some of their most pressing IT challenges. Find out how this government developed their cloud strategy.

UK Government Gateway: A model for e-government service

2012-01-16 | Gordon McKenzie, Government Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out more about this successful project focused on e-enabling government services and transactions.

Data protection and security in a cloud based service?

2011-12-21 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Microsoft has been recognized for the enhanced security features of its cloud productivity service. Find out why.

Making cities energy smart

2011-12-19 | 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

2011-12-15 | 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

2011-12-13 | Gordon McKenzie, Government Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector
Learn how one agency is using a hybrid cloud model to support smart forms.

Cloud Computing: How to explain it to others in your organization

2011-12-06 | Alan Merrihew, Senior Director of Government Technology Strategy, Worldwide Public Sector
Often the real challenge facing technology ambassadors is to find a clear, non-technical way to explain cloud computing. Here's how.

Beyond the Tube: How London is using the cloud to open transit data

2011-11-29 | 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

2011-11-17 | 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.

How major cities across the globe are tackling climate change

2011-11-15 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Learn about an insightful new report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and Microsoft resources to illustrate how cloud computing and powerful analytics help make cities energy-smart.

Delivering improved citizen services to government municipalities in the Netherlands

2011-11-11 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Everest wanted to help local municipalities improve call center service while reducing costs, so it developed a call center knowledge management solution and hosted it on the Windows Azure platform.

The IT energy efficiency imperative and what it means for government

2011-11-08 | Gordon McKenzie, Government Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector
The IT Energy Efficiency Imperative white paper provides guidance to help your agency improve the efficiency of its IT resources.

Public sector partners and solutions shine at the Microsoft Enterprise Partner Summit in Cannes

2011-10-20 | Per Bendix Olsen, Senior Director, Partners, Public Sector, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa
I have just returned from the annual Enterprise Partner Summit (EPS) for the EMEA region. I am inspired and excited about our Microsoft partners and how we can jointly help customers solve public sector challenges.

Greater public sector efficiency through the application of technology

2011-10-13 | Niels Soelberg, Vice President, Public Sector, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa
Success in the public sector today rides on not only being able to do more with less, but also being able to meet and exceed citizens’ expectations. Achieving this is no easy feat, but it certainly can be done.

Building smarter cities on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

2011-10-10 | 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

2011-10-06 | 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.

Cloud computing – Free white paper: Microsoft and VMware – Functionality, benefits and economics comparison

2011-09-29 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
My teammates in the UK have been doing some analysis, and writing about the costs that should be considered when looking at private cloud computing and how to extend your budget in the most cost effective way.

What the "Consumerization of IT" really means for public sector CIOs

2011-09-27 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
​The “consumerization of IT” is a trend that’s received a lot of media attention lately. Yet, much like cloud computing, the term is somewhat ambiguously applied to various industries and IT issues.

Introducing Microsoft on Government Blog

2011-09-14 | 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.