Slides from my FedScoop presentation last week

I’ve been a little remiss in making my slides available from last Tuesday’s Fedscoop “Roadmap to the Clouds” event.  I’m attaching them to this post. I’d like to thank everyone who attended… it was a pleasure meeting so many folks, and I really enjoyed presenting Azure… writing code in front of folks has always been a…

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Making OpenGov useful… and wicked cool

I’ve been railing on the concept that the focus on Open Government needs to shift to effective use of open government data – and creating user experiences that make people WANT to use such applications and WANT to participate and collaborate more. Came across this great example today… http://vanguide.cloudapp.net/ Vancouver’s “Social Map of Vancouver Open…

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Open311 with .NET and Visual Studio

Many of you (well, some of you) may have listened in to the call (or read about) regarding San Francisco’s Open311 API – if you missed it, you can find more details at these sites: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/03/03/open-311 http://wiki.open311.org/San_Francisco https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-QQ7kCjIGE Having a standard specification/API for services like this is an incredible help for developers, as they’ll be…

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Thinking about the Cloud and Government? Don’t miss Fedscoop’s "Roadmap to the Clouds" – March 9, in D.C. – and I can get you in for free

On March 9th, Fedscoop is holding a TREMENDOUS event: “Roadmap to the Clouds” Location: Ronald Reagan Building, Washington DC Time: 8am-5:30pm (including reception after the sessions) More info: http://fedscoopevents.com/index.php Powerful agenda with a lot of diversity – If you are exploring Cloud Computing in the Public Sector in any way you do not want to…

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Microsoft’s REAL choice for Governments…

  I’m fresh from the US Public Sector CIO Summit – it was an amazing week and I had some truly enlightening conversations and experiences. Everyone I spoke with had very positive perceptions and feedback on Microsoft’s strategy – but I happened to come across Matt Asay’s blog comments, “Software industry’s false choice for governments,”…

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Open Government and the Cloud… a Perfect Storm

It’s been just over two months since the release of the Open Government Directive (hereby referred to as “The Directive”), and the state of awareness continues to grow steadily, especially among those of us in the technology community. This isn’t unexpected; we’re the innovators and early adopters on the low end of the adoption curve…

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Vote for the BEST Windows Azure Application for State & Local Gov Partners

Let your voice be heard and spread the word!  The submissions are in and public voting is now open for the Windows Azure Application Development Contest targeted towards State and Local Government agencies.  Click here to vote for the best application! Voting is open until Feb 19th at 5pm PST. Check out the submissions and…

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Try Windows Azure for free!

Well… it’s not really news, these offers have been around since PDC… what’s new is that we actually broadcast the availability of these programs.  Check out the Windows Azure Team Blog for more info: http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsazure/archive/2010/01/27/try-windows-azure-at-no-charge.aspx  Of course… what is ALSO new is the fact that billing starts February 1st… so make sure you manage your accounts…

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