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  • Blog Post: I need an app for that….

    If you happen to read my bio, you’ll see that I’m a Public Sector guy… I’m all about building solutions for government agencies, schools, NGOs – you name it. Being in the thick of it, I see TREMENDOUS opportunity for developers in the Public Sector space – especially...
  • Blog Post: Write an Azure app to win a NetBook!

    Well... at least be entered into a contest to win one of three Dell Minis. I really like it when I find interesting projects like this: a contest for Azure apps that is being done by an independent organization, not affiliated with Microsoft. Just a great developer community engaging their developers...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 http://www.youtube...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Open Gov… Dallas and Bing – done.

    Well, that was easy. So easy that I spent the rest of the evening playing around with the UI of my App just for fun (yes, I consider that fun). First, Dallas … I thought it would be a little challenging… after all, the idea of engaging services from a Data Marketplace itself just seems complex...
  • Blog Post: 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 19 th at 5pm...
  • Blog Post: Open Government starts with Open Data... (but...)

    But it doesn't end there. Aggregating and exposing information is the initial hurdle to compliance with the Open Government Directive ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/open ), and is the basic prerequisite for everything else. But the Open Government Directive isn't just an exercise in publishing data ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure billing starts TODAY - here's some guidance

    Windows Azure billing formally starts today, which means that all US CTP accounts become read-only, and you'll need to convert to commercial accounts. You can find instructions to do so here: http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsazure/archive/2010/01/04/sign-up-for-a-windows-azure-platform-offer-today-and-get...
  • Blog Post: CrisisCamp DC: Efforts for Haiti Relief

    I had my first crisiscamp "experience" last Saturday at the NPR headquarters in DC - and wanted to share my observations and sentiments: First, I was very impressed with the number of people who attended. Folks were spread out between a few rooms and flowing in/out through the day, so it was difficult...
  • Blog Post: US Public Sector Developer Web Site - Launched!

    I'm extremely pleased to announce the launch of the US Public Sector Government Developer website ! In my opinion, the timing couldn't be better as the need for information couldn't be greater. The focus on solution development in the Government sector is huge - particularly for applications that help...
  • Blog Post: Podcast Interview: Kids, Social Computing, and Education

    I just completed an interview with Ross Kasun, Asst. Superintendent of Summit Schools (and incidental brother), on the topic of social computing and the effect on children and learning. I was the interviewee... was lots of fun (most fun was trying to get Ross to pronounce my title "technical evangelist...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 in the Enterprise

    Had some requests for my PPT on Web 2.0 in the Enterprise (in this case, specifically the HLS Enterprise presentation that I did at the HLS DevCon last year with Ben Flock). Attached to this post... -Dan
  • Blog Post: A Vision of Students Today

    This video was sent to me by Dave Isbitski ( http://blogs.msdn.com/davedev ) a while ago, and I think it does a good job of demonstrating how students (and other 1985-ers) are speaking a different language than the rest of us. For more context, read my first blog here . If we intend to reach them...
  • Blog Post: So what is this S+S thing?

    I've been having a lot of discussions on Software + Services lately, both inside and outside of Microsoft (nothing lights up a dinner party like some witty tech banter, I always say).  Invariably, I find that merely agreeing on the definition of S+S is somewhat of a challenge... so I'm compelled...
  • Blog Post: Why Web 2.0 is important, whether you like it or not (aka. why blogging is difficult for us old farts, and how it relates to S+S)

    I never thought I'd say this, but I've fallen out of the mainstream - at least in the area of social computing and Internet use. I look around at all of the technology implementations that are serious parts of the everyday lives of a large portion of the population, and I find myself saying: "I don't...
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