The Momentum of Cloud Computing in the Public Sector

Posted by Niels SoelbergVice President, Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA When I talk with government leaders and chief information officers across our region, I’m often asked questions that seek to learn more about the latest trend towards cloud computing. These questions range from legislative compliance such as data security and privacy, to data formats and…


Digital Transformation: Principles for Effective E-Government

By Craig ShankGeneral Manager, Interoperability Group In a Brussels speech last week, Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda, said: “We are now living through a permanent digital revolution. This long and peaceful revolution is changing how we organize our lives. Powerful computing platforms are creating new markets and we are…


Through the WS-I, We Built a Solid Foundation for Achieving, Extending Interoperability

Posted by Paul Cotton Partner Group Manager   Roughly 10 years ago, a handful of hardware and software vendors met to discuss the concept of Web services interoperability. Outside of e-mail, the internet had yet to be adopted into mainstream use, but the industry recognized its potential as a vehicle for relaying data between different…

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A Great First Step: The Gartner Cloud Computing Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Posted by Ted MacLeanGeneral Manager, Open Solutions Group Ted MacLean Last week, I took part in a Gartner Symposium panel discussion about rights and responsibilities of cloud computing customers, a panel that mirrored the analyst firm’s recently published report developed with their Gartner Global IT Council. It was a great discussion about IT governance and…

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Fulfilling a Promise to Advance Interoperability

  Posted by William KennedyCorporate Vice President, Office Communications and Forms Many customers today organize their private and professional lives in e-mail, where they routinely store essential data.  Microsoft Outlook and similar programs have long since replaced the rolodex or the pocket diary as people’s primary repositories for contacts, photos, calendar items and more.  As the…


Interoperability: The Other Side of Our Settlement with the European Commission

  Posted by Dave HeinerVice President and Deputy General Counsel On Wednesday the European Commission announced its decision to approve a resolution of its long-running competition law inquiry concerning Microsoft.  Commissioner Kroes remarked that the decision has the potential to herald a “new, more positive” era in Microsoft’s relationship with the Commission.  We are obviously very pleased to…


Improving E-Government Interoperability--Beyond Technology

Posted by Steve Mutkoski Senior Standards Strategist Steve Mutkoski speaking at the Internet Governance Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt While participating in e-Government panel discussions on three continents last month, I heard loudly that the impediments to effective e-Government interoperability are no longer primarily technical. Leading policymakers, practitioners and academics agreed that the real challenges today…


Day 2 Interop -- Discussions at O’Reilly Gov 2.0 Summit

  Posted By Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Microsoft Federal (Cross-posted from the Microsoft FutureFed blog) The dialogue continued in DC today at the O’Reilly Gov 2.0 Summit.  From the IT infrastructure to the cloud, interoperability was a common theme, deemed critical by industry and government leaders, on par with reliability and security.  In fact, Tim O’Reilly said today, “I’m a…


Microsoft’s Proposal to the European Commission

Posted by David Bowermaster Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues Microsoft recently made a proposal to the European Commission to address competition law concerns that the Commission has raised with regard to Internet Explorer and the interoperability of certain Microsoft products. The Commission issued a statement concerning the proposal today, and we subsequently issued a statement from General Counsel Brad Smith.


Open Government Doesn’t Equal Open Source

Posted by Teresa Carlson Vice President of U.S. Federal Government Sales (Cross-posted from the Microsoft FutureFed blog) The term “open” has many different connotations across the federal landscape.  According to the president, open government is the promise of transparency, public participation, and bridging the divide between citizens and their government.  When it comes to technology, some are connecting the…