Azure Government

Insights, how-tos and updates for building solutions on Microsoft's cloud for US government

How to get started with Azure Government

This blog was contributed by Stuart McKee, Chief Technology Officer, US State and Local Government, Microsoft Corporation Many government agencies would like to take their first steps toward adopting cloud services. With so many options available, it’s hard to know where to start, and the idea of modernizing everything can be daunting. In...

Bringing cloud innovation to US state and local government

A primary challenge for US state and local government agencies is to drive IT innovation while maintaining regulatory compliance. As citizens expectations rise, agencies must work to modernize infrastructure while keeping costs contained. Many agencies are moving to the cloud to achieve both mandates. As they make this move, they need to ...

Why cloud for state and local government?

With rapid technological advances, cities can now transform into smart cities with enhanced and interactive citizen services, better living, and increased economic growth. You can learn more about these opportunities by watching our on-demand webinar, The Benefits of Moving to the Cloud for State and Local Governments. Despite the many ...

How can agencies address technical debt?

The federal government has an estimated $7 billion in technical debt causing increased risk to government as this debt accumulates. Much of this is due to agencies that have deferred maintenance or reduced funding for initiatives due to budgetary constraints. This tactic, left unmanaged, can lead to significant costs later especially if it ...

Balancing government innovation with modernization (MGT)

A 2016 Government Accountability Office (GAO) Study found that federal government invests over $80 billion on IT annually—but 75 percent of that money is being spent to maintain old and legacy systems. Even with the Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017 and the proposed IT Modernization Fund, Federal CIOs need to find the right ...

Federal agencies continue to advance capabilities with Azure Government

We’re continuing to see agencies advance their capabilities using Azure Government. Two agencies have recently issued new Authority to Operate (ATO) designations for Azure Government: the U.S. Air Force with a DoD Impact Level 4 ATO for its Common Computing Environment (CCE) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with a FedRAMP ...

Trends in Government Software Developers

A few months ago, StackOverflow published their findings on Trends in Government Software Developers. StackOverflow is the #1 source for software developers to find answers on the Internet and has been the leader in this space for years. Because StackOverflow is one of the most highly trafficked sites on the Internet, they have at their ...

How to optimize your cloud strategy

In recent years, U.S. government agencies have moved to the cloud faster than private corporations in an attempt to replace aging systems and improve organizational efficiency.[1] Cloud adoption can transform how IT departments at federal civilian agencies operate, deliver services, and share information. To maximize the value and impact of ...

Strengthen cybersecurity with an enterprise risk mindset

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest issues facing federal Chief Information Officers (CIOs). Evolving security is recognized across the board as an important challenge that needs to be addressed swiftly and in a continuous fashion. Security is always top of mind for CIOs, and one of the major challenges of introducing new technology is ...

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