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  • Blog Post: Cops in the Cloud…

    My team just published this outstanding case study for the Vernon Hills Police Department’s new in-vehicle video recording system, based on Modularis’ “Mobile Video Platform” (MVP). It’s a fantastic solution – and shows how the combination of great user interface technologies in Windows 7 (touch, etc...
  • Blog Post: Students see the forest through the tweets - the US Imagine Cup Finals

    I’ve openly lamented about the challenges that the U.S. faces with the decline in technical student enrollment and what I have perceived as a lack of enthusiasm for technical jobs among American students. To be competitive into the future, we need graduates with strong technical skills and a tremendous...
  • Blog Post: Ooooh-Pen Data!

    And when we say Yeeow! Ayipioeeay! We're only sayin' You're doin' fine, Open Data! Open Data O.K. (With sincere apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein – and probably everyone who chances to read this blog… ) Some great announcements out of Mix today – from the press release at: http://www.microsoft...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: Azure Solution Developers: Win $10K - but you need to act FAST!

    We're coming to the end of our State & Local Government Azure solution contest - with prized of $2.5k, $5k, and $10k for third, second, and first place, respectively. Note: THE LAST DAY YOU CAN SUBMIT A SOLUTION IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5th... and this won't be extended. Net net: get your submissions...
  • Blog Post: Azure Management API... Essential Certificate "How-To"

    Got into playing with the management API over the weekend, and got wrapped around the axle when it came to getting an API certificate. This post saved me a lot of time and effort: http://www.davidaiken.com/2009/12/21/how-to-create-a-x509-certificate-for-the-windows-azure-management-api/ -Dan
  • 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: 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...
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