Microsoft Windows Azure At The Heart Of New San Francisco SaaS
Cloud computing has plenty of application to fields like telephony, messaging, and even graphics processing. Now the cloud is entering the civics arena with the launch of HeyGov! for San Francisco, a Windows Azure-based SaaS application built by a cloud-centric Microsoft partner. Here’s why HeyGov could be vanguard of cloud moves in municipal government.
Developed by Microsoft partner ISC, HeyGov! didn’t make its debut in San Francisco — Miami had that distinction. With the HeyGov! solution, residents of San Francisco can look at a Google Maps-style city overview, make a service request, and track the status of projects in their neighborhood, according to a Microsoft blog post.
But of more interest to the VARs and ISVs in the audience is that ISC is opening the Open311-based APIs for HeyGov!, such that other city departments can leverage the service. Miami’s already using the APIs so that their Public Safety department can report code enforcement violations.
Consider this announcement a wake-up call to those developers who are still skeptical about the power of the cloud. San Francisco likely couldn’t afford to develop or host this solution in-house, but hosting it on Windows Azure put it well within reach.
San Francisco and Miami may well be spoken for, SaaS-wise, but opportunities for cloud applications abound elsewhere.