Microsoft and Slalom Use Technology to Support Japan

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman specializes in cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.

In late 2010, Slalom Consulting began a project with Microsoft’s Corporate Citizenship Team to build a cloud-based communication portal. The idea behind the project was to develop a solution leveraging Windows Azure that can be used by local agencies to quickly relay information to the public in the time of a disaster.

Some of the highlights of the solution include:

  • The ability to have a new portal live and available in a matter of hours.
  • The use of the Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) to improve performance for a global audience.
  • The scalability that a cloud-based platform provides.
  • A custom, Azure-based CMS system that allows for real-time updates of information.
  • Content zones leveraging Bing maps for mapping capabilities.
  • The elimination of infrastructure concerns for the local agency.

With the current situation in Japan, this solution is already being put to use.  Second Harvest Japan has created communication portal for coordination across food donors, transportation providers and distributors involved in the Japan relief effort.

There have been several references to this solution in the news over the past week:

There are currently plans for more instances of the site with other agencies.

– Joel

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About Joel Forman
Joel Forman is a Solution Architect at Slalom Consulting and specializes in cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.

One Response to Microsoft and Slalom Use Technology to Support Japan

  1. Google Plus Journal says:

    Its really great news that microsoft in now going to support Japan… Thanks for sharing..

    -Kabir

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