Posted by Curt Kolcun 
Vice President, U.S. Public Sector

More than 300 chief information officers (CIOs) from public-sector organizations around the United States were gathered on the Microsoft campus this week for presentations and to share their experiences in using technology to enhance collaboration, open government, business intelligence and security.

Microsoft unveiled our latest offerings to support governments in moving services to the cloud in ways that meet or exceed the key security standards and certifications. But with governments in 48 of the 50 U.S. states already using our cloud services, the conference was most exciting as a showcase for the amazing things that public-sector CIOs are doing to leverage their existing IT investments and provide enhanced services to their citizens.

 

For instance, the City of Miami created an open-source solution that supports its Dial 3-1-1 non-emergency telephone services by enabling citizens to monitor and analyze non-emergency event information on an intuitive Bing Maps interface. And event organizers with the City of Chicago used Windows Azure to provide interactive, online maps that residents and visitors could use to plan a visit to the Taste of Chicago, one of the largest outdoor food and music festivals in the world.

For more on the CIO Summit, check out our blogs Future FedBright Side of Government and Education Insights.