Building the ‘data dividend’ for citizens

2014-06-23 | 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.

3 city-clusters that are shaping the future

2014-06-11 | 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.

3 ways to fund smart-city initiatives

2014-05-12 | 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.

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

2014-04-16 | 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.

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

2014-02-25 | 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.

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.

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

2014-02-10 | 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.

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.

E-transformation: 6 questions for Hamburg’s CIO

2014-01-28 | 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.

Why the world comes to Barcelona

2013-12-18 | 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.

Panama: A cultural shift in service

2013-12-16 | Ángel L. Pérez, Vice President, Rock Solid Technologies, Inc.
Learn how a 3-1-1 solution built on Microsoft Dynamics CRM revolutionized the way the government of Panama connects with its citizens.

3 marks of a successful city operations center

2013-12-09 | 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.

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.

Smart City Expo: Helping cities change the world

2013-11-14 | 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.

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

How Frankfurt is doing “new with less”

2013-10-28 | 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 three governments are beating the budget crisis

2013-10-16 | 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

2013-10-09 | 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.

Uncovering the real ROI of innovative city technologies

2013-10-04 | 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.

IT/OT convergence: Big impact for smarter cities

2013-09-30 | 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.

Five steps to developing a Smart City platform

2013-09-04 | 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.

Growing jobs and innovation using a 3P approach

2013-08-26 | John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
What would happen if governments invested their dollars like startups? I asked entrepreneurs to weigh in, and they identified three guideposts.

Big data without the big expense

2013-05-21 | Ted Malone, Big Data Architecture lead for Microsoft Federal
The “big” in big data often translates to “complex” and “expensive” for CIOs, but government agencies are increasingly taking advantage of the private cloud, and software tools they already own, to uncover the big data insights they need in a cost-...

Utilizing “little data” for corrections intelligence

2013-05-16 | Richard Zak, Industry Solutions Manager – Justice & Public Safety, Microsoft State & Local Government
Corrections agencies are tasked with keeping their facilities secure, safe, and efficient. In this post, learn how they are using “little data,” or data they already have, as a criminal intelligence resource to stop criminal activities inside prisons.

New software, services, and devices for 2013

2013-02-20 | David Burrows, Managing Director of Government Industry, Europe, Middle East & Africa
There are new opportunites for governments to deliver on their missions at a lower cost, while also becoming more innovative and responsive to citizens in the process. Learn how government can leverage Windows 8 to strike this balance.

Betting on small & mid-sized business for a brighter future

2013-02-14 | Kim Nelson, Executive Director of eGovernment, Microsoft
Small and medium businesses are economic powerhouses, and have the potential to spark huge innovations and create thriving communities. Learn how Microsoft is helping them navigate the world of state and federal procurement to reach their full potential.

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.

Far from straightforward: the government mission today

2013-02-01 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Governments worldwide are undergoing transformation, which is being influenced by a convergence of factors, from new technologies to new budget realities. Learn about Microsoft’s vision for dynamic government, and how it fits into this picture.

For public consumption: the promise of big—and open—data

2013-01-28 | Parul Bhandari, Government Lead, Open Data and Big Data
Governments have a wealth of data at their fingertips, but may not be realizing its full potential. One strategy is to open data to the public for analysis, which can help extract greater value, and boost transparency and public engagement.

Energized!

2013-01-21 | Laura Ipsen, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft
Microsoft is helping public sector combine technology and innovation to positively impact their goals and respective communities. Read on to learn how we’re enthusiastically taking this on in 2013!

3 tips for success with CRM in government

2013-01-10 | Michael Wignall, Public Sector Sales Lead - Dynamics, Microsoft UK
As governments move more citizen services to ‘digital by default’, CRM technology can be a catalyst for this transition. In this post, we share three tips for successful CRM deployments, based on our conversations with dozens of customers.

The role of culture and recreation in cities of the future

2013-01-07 | Eric Basha, Managing Director, Cities
In the race to stay competitive, a city’s local culture and recreational amenities can offer a big advantage. More than ever, technology is helping shape this “cultural experience” for urban-dwellers. Want to learn how? Read more here...

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?

The technology prescription for healthier cities

2012-12-10 | 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

2012-12-07 | 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.

Windows 8 is here! Partners: Are you ready?

2012-11-01 | Steve Jenkins, Senior Director, Government Partners, Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector
What opportunities are in store for Microsoft’s partners this year? Learn how Windows 8 and its apps are creating huge potential for government customers, partners and developers.

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.

Windows 8 gets big support among global partners

2012-10-18 | Per Bendix Olsen, Senior Director, Partners, Public Sector, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa
Windows 8 is building buzz among our public sector partners. While at a global partner conference in Rome, Microsoft’s Per Bendix Olsen sat down with several partners to learn what they thought about Windows 8.

Microsoft technology gets the vote in U.S. elections

2012-09-20 | 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.

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

2012-09-18 | 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.

Three reasons why we love Windows 8 for government

2012-08-16 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out what new capabilities Windows 8 has in store for government agencies.

Microsoft, NYPD team up on global counterterrorism solution

2012-08-09 | 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

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.

Q&A: Wyatt Kash on e-government, social media and innovation

2012-07-19 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector
Read this Q+A with an award-winning journalist and editor focused on sharing innovative ideas at work in the public sector.

Dear Government: Do you have an app for that?

2012-07-10 | Parul Bhandari, Government Lead, Open Data and Big Data
Check out some of the latest government apps developed for Windows Phone 7.

Legacy migration or platform and process renewal?

2012-06-28 | Glenn Berg, Provincial Government Industry Manager, Microsoft Canada
Is it time for your organization to migrate from legacy platforms & processes?

Protecting citizens from cybercrime amid growing technology access

2012-06-21 | Joel Cherkis, General Manager, Worldwide Government
Find out how the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit is helping governments and international organizations investigate and stop cybercrime worldwide.

Partnering with government for a brighter, high-tech future

2012-05-31 | Elias Ramos, Western Europe Government Director
Find out how Microsoft is working in collaboration with the public sector and other partners to create a real impact with technology.

Part two: What drives an innovative, IT economy?

2012-05-24 | Juliano Tubino, Worldwide Director, Innovation and Emerging Business
In the second installment of this series, learn about five more important factors that influence a nation’s ability to foster a highly productive and innovative IT economy.

Building Canadian innovation and jobs with the cloud

2012-05-08 | John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
Find out how cloud computing will generate jobs and look at examples of organizations leveraging the cloud to contribute to economic growth in Canada.

Making a real impact in shaping better governments: How Microsoft Research helps

2012-05-04 | Alan Merrihew, Senior Director of Government Technology Strategy, Worldwide Public Sector
Find out about some of the amazing work coming out of Microsoft Research with applications for the public sector.

What drives an innovative, IT economy?

2012-05-01 | Juliano Tubino, Worldwide Director, Innovation and Emerging Business
Find out the five most important elements that drive a nation’s local software economy and foster emerging businesses.

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.