Using the cloud in the public sector–the Windows Azure InfoKit

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Windows Azure INFOKIT - Public Sector

My colleagues over in the US create and update a handy one slide summary of Windows Azure resources that are specifically designed for developers using the cloud in the public sector – either because they are in public sector organisations (including education ones) or for people developing apps for public sector customers. It’s a great combination of access to tools, training and resources, plus a batch of bonus information on Open Data (although it links to the US Open Government Initiative in the PPT slide above, I’ve changed the link in the list below to add the Australia equivalents).

Developer Tools for developers using the cloud in the public sector

Learning and Training for developers using the cloud in the public sector

Online Resources

Open Data and Big Data resources and links

If you are using the cloud in the public sector, and want to understand some of the technical reasons, or cost benefits, then the links above are great places to start – and provides some of the training and resources that you might need if it’s new to you.

Even I’ve managed to do it!

To be absolutely honest with you, I thought this whole ‘developing apps in the cloud’ was a bit too geeky for me. It’s a long time since I’ve been a serious developer. But even I managed it, and it took me less than half an hour to sign up for a free Azure account, and setup and deploy a WordPress blog to a virtual server in the cloud, and publish my first bit of content to it.

I chose to create a WordPress website, but there are tons of different web services that can be deployed with a click. So you could create a Drupal, DotNetNuke, Joomla, mojoPortal, MediaWiki, phpBB, Umbraco etc site just as easily. Or a vanilla site you want to hand build from scratch. You can do the same thing here (and go here to learn How to create a website from the gallery)

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