A Microsoft approach to thinking about lean government

In entrepreneurship, the idea of a “lean startup” has caught on like a firestorm. Inspired by Eric Ries’ book of the same name, lessons about doing more with less and launching “minimum viable products” are being consumed by founders in Silicon Valley and around the world. Now these lean principles have entered pop culture to…

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Four Fundamental Ways To Think About Social Media

What do you say to a group of Georgetown masters’ students studying the future of communications and media? That’s what I had to figure out last week when I spoke at the Gnovis Digital Cultures conference last week (Gnovis is their journal). Frankly, I never know what to say in such talks when you’re given…

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The 17 Ways Microsoft Office Provides Real Impact For Better Government

This is a guest post by Tony Tai, who’s part of the Office 365 team at Microsoft. Cloud computing can help governments increase productivity and improve collaboration while reducing IT costs. But which cloud productivity solution should you choose: Microsoft Office or Google Apps? Microsoft has decades of experience working with government at all levels,…

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MedCity's CONVERGE Summit Gathers U.S. Health And Life Sciences Innovators in Philadelphia

On July 10th, MedCityNews.com hosted their inaugural CONVERGE summit for healthcare innovation in Philadelphia, hosting roughly 200 people from across the health industry, including healthcare providers, insurance and related businesses, biotech, and pharma, mixed with a healthy dose of IT people. As CONVERGE host and MedCity News CEO Chris Seper aptly summed up, “The industry…

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Startup Weekend Gov Features U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park And Data Entrepreneurs

This is a guest post by Ashish Jaiman, a platform and development evangelist with Microsoft Public Sector based in the Washington, DC area. See photos from this event on Ashish’s Skydrive. Last weekend, Microsoft hosted Startup Weekend Gov in our Chevy Chase, MD offices, featuring speakers like U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, and Deloitte’s…

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The Art Of The Start: What The Birth Of Short-Lived Tech Startups Means For The Spirit Of America

The prominent startup blog TechCocktail.com recently published a piece titled, Startup Weekend e-Government DC Produced 13 Innovative, Public Sector-Focused Startups. DC-based technology journalist Alex Howard publicly commented that presentations by teams at the end of a 54-hour startup weekend hosted by Microsoft do not constitute “startups,” and that TechCocktail’s headline was misleading. Are the products…

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Injured In Space: NASA Astronauts Need Cheap, Light, Simple Medical Devices

This is a guest post by Brandon Glenn, the Ohio bureau chief for MedCity News, where this article first appeared. Reprinted with permission. Astronauts can encounter lots of potential health risks during long space flights. And those risks are exacerbated by a lack of access to physicians, limited medical supplies and a small amount of…

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Using Gaming To Make Government, Education, And Health More Engaging For Citizens

In the media, we mostly read about how gaming is damaging how students learn and pay attention, how the cloud is mainly useful for things like movies and music, and how smartphones are useful for playing games like Angry Birds. But the reality is that while many new innovations can be used for fun or…

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Microsoft Hosts Public Sector CIO Summit For IT Professionals In Government And Education

This week at Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, WA (just outside Seattle), the company will host chief information officers and other IT professionals from the federal government, state and local governments, and the education and health communities. The event is called the U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit. For two days beginning with a reception this…

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U.S. State Department Sponsors International Law Enforcement Online Game 'Tag Challenge'

Keeping in its tradition of being one of the most innovative branches of the Federal government, the U.S. State Department, along with others, is sponsoring a independent creative contest called Tag Challenge. I love stuff like this which fulfills a “back-end” purpose but is outwardly fun, engaging, and non-bureaucratic looking, so — high scores from…

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