Posts By Mark D. Drapeau

Everything’s Bigger in Texas: State Adopts Office 365 as Part of a State-Wide IT Modernization Strategy for More Than 100k Employees

Michael Donlan (Bellevue, WA) – The Texas Department of Information Resources is adopting Office 365 for more than 100,000 employees in the largest state-wide deployment of email and collaboration services in the U.S. The state will consolidate multiple systems in an effort to streamline and improve the state’s communication and collaboration capabilities across agencies andRead… Read more »

Offender 360: Illinois Reforms State Criminal Justice System With Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online

Microsoft Corp. (Redmond, WA) — Today the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) and Microsoft Corp. announced the successful implementation of the Offender-360 project, a cloud-based criminal justice information system built on Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. The solution directly supports legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn that aims to improve Illinois public safety and criminal justiceRead… Read more »

Hearst Fashion Hack Brings the Geek to New York Fashion Week

Mark Drapeau (New York, NY) — When you think of New York Fashion Week, you probably think of beautiful models, high-end fashion shows, and late-night parties. And you’d be right. But this past weekend, the Hearst Corporation — publisher of Cosmopolitan, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, and many other popular titles — hosted its first hackathonRead… Read more »

The “1776″ Initiative Launches in Washington DC to Convene and Accelerate Startups in the Nation’s Capital

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) — Washington, DC’s startup community will have a new epicenter with the launch of 1776, a major multi-faceted initiative focused on helping entrepreneurs solve the country’s biggest problems. Located just blocks from the White House, 1776 will convene and accelerate startups by connecting them to the political, intellectual, social and financialRead… Read more »

The Washington Post Debuts A Real-Time Political Lie-Detector Prototype Named “Truth Teller”

Lewis Shepherd (Reston, VA) — I like writing about cool applications of technology that are so pregnant with the promise of the future, that they have to be seen to be believed, and here’s another one that’s almost ready for prime time. The Washington Post today launched an exciting new technology prototype invoking powerful newRead… Read more »

New CRM-based Case Management Streamlines INTERPOL Washington Investigations

Microsoft Corp. (Washington, DC) — INTERPOL Washington — the American branch of the International Criminal Police Commission — supports almost 18,000 U.S. law enforcement agencies and 189 member countries seeking assistance in investigations of fugitives, financial fraud, drug violations, terrorism and violent crimes. A new solution built on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM (Customer Relationship Management)Read… Read more »

American TimeHop: How the National Archives Could Make Uncovering Old Information Easier and Personalized

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) — Want to understand how a government decision that seemed insignificant 15 years ago has a big effect on your life today? There’s an app for that. Well, actually, I lied — There isn’t. But there could be. USA Today recently announced an intriguing new collaboration with TimeHop, an app whoseRead… Read more »

Geek 2 Chic! Microsoft Powers #HearstFashionHack at New York Fashion Week

Mark Drapeau (New York, NY) — Publicyte readers are probably familiar with Microsoft’s collaboration with Bloomingdale’s on Geek 2 Chic, a series of charity fashion shows we produce across the U.S. So far, our events in Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles have raised awareness of the importance of risk-taking and entrepreneurship in today’s world,Read… Read more »

Innovating the Permit Process in Charlotte Before the Democratic National Convention

Andy Pitman (Alpharetta, GA) — Last year, Charlotte, North Carolina was presented with an enormous opportunity — and challenge — hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The event would bring more than 35,000 attendees, including media, delegates, and other guests to the city to officially nominate the next Democratic presidential candidate. As one can imagine,Read… Read more »

Across the Threshold: Evolution of the White House “We the People” Open Government Platform

Mark Drapeau (Washington, DC) — Today is inauguration day in Washington, the day when Barack Obama is sworn in as President of the United States for another four years. In 2009, when this happened for the first time, the outgoing George W. Bush administration staffers were in many cases replaced by people with social mediaRead… Read more »