Still working to help families locate shifted gravesites affected by Hurricane Katrina seven years after-the-fact, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals needed a solution that could automate manual processes and assist in future disaster management. The department adopted Microsoft Dynamics CRM to manage records and internal processes that identify and restore remains to their final resting places. The solution includes a public-facing Microsoft SharePoint web portal, which allows families and concerned members of the public to submit and monitor the progress of their requests.

“Because it is a platform, Microsoft Dynamics CRM enabled us to avoid custom development. It was the only solution out there that we could extend to meet a need as specific as tracking gravesites,” says Henry Yennie, Program Manager for Emergency Preparedness, Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals.

Although their job might seem morbid, it’s also one that’s critically appreciated—and one where having the right technology in place can make all the difference for the affected families. The Microsoft dynamics CRM solution speeds completion of the team’s on-going post-Katrina mission, and will find them well prepared in the case of a future catastrophic event.

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Great new functionality!  From your phone, to SkyDrive to your TV via Xbox 360.

Just awesome!

According to the Wall Street Journal, a coalition of U.S. business interests — including representatives of the technology industry — is pushing for changes to immigration law that would make it easier for foreigners who launch startups in the U.S. to stay in the country and run their businesses. The group is lobbying for passage of the Startup Act 2.0, which, among other things, would add a type of visa for foreign-born entrepreneurs who raise at least $100,000 in working capital and put a minimum of two Americans to work at their companies within the first 12 months of obtaining the visa.

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Posted by: Abel Cruz | September 17, 2012

 ONC discontinues plan for federal NwHIN governance

 ONC discontinues plan for federal NwHIN governance

Health IT Policy Committee Gets MU Stage 2 Briefing, Learns of Decision to Pause Nationwide Exchange Governance Plans During the 40th meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee held in Washington this week, members were given an overview of Meaningful Use Stage 2 by officials from CMS and ONC.

Summary: Microsoft is peeling back the covers, at long last, of its Windows Azure spring update, with new Linux VM and hosting framework support.

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By making new capabilities possible that historically would be cost prohibitive in a traditional infrastructure. With Windows Azure Microsoft IT is expanding business models and scenarios.

Abel Cruz – Principal Program Manager for Technology Strategy at Microsoft IT – was this year’s featured bilingual presenter at Lockheed Martin’s Information Technology Day. The event took place on Wednesday May 9th, from 2:45 – 3:30 PM at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick Washington.

The presentation is titled “Cloud Platforms: Where will your application run?” In Spanish the title of the presentation is “Plataformas en las nubes: ¿Donde correrá tu aplicación?” The Information Technology Day event is free and open to all the community. For more information and to register to attend visit

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The development of cloud computing will promote economic growth, increase productivity and shift the type of jobs and skills required by businesses, according to a new study by the London School of Economics and Political Science.

On February 16, 2012, at an event in Silicon Valley, the TechAmerica Foundation’s State and Local Government Cloud Commission (SLG-CC) will release its much-anticipated recommendations on cloud computing deployments, including business and policy issues and technologies, to U.S. states and localities.


Posted by: Abel Cruz | January 17, 2012

Microsoft Poised to Knock VMware off Throne in 2012

Today Microsoft announced the availability of System Center 2012 Release Candidate, the company’s “private cloud builder” and a key part of the strategy to leap past arch-competitor VMware.

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