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Microsoft to open two cloud datacentres in Canada

Microsoft is adding two cloud datacentres in Canada

Microsoft is adding two cloud datacentres in Canada

Microsoft is opening two cloud datacentres in Canada, the company said this week. The facilities, one in Toronto, Ontario and one in Montreal, Quebec, will deliver Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics to local customers.

The company said the datacentres would help companies and organisation in highly regulated sectors like healthcare, the public sector, higher education and financial services overcome data storage and compliance regulations.

“Companies and organisations that have to adhere to data storage requirements and compliance standards can now take advantage of the advantages offered by Microsoft services here in Canada,” said Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner.

Turner said the announcement speaks to Microsoft’s “deep and growing commitment” to Canada and its public and private sector organisations.

“Now customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of all commercial cloud services on their terms across Canada.”

This is Microsoft’s first big cloud datacentre push since the company announced the launch of Azure in Australia last year. Lately, however, Microsoft has seemed more focused on bolstering its position through hybrid cloud, announcing Azure Stack – a series of updates and architectural changes (more microservices) to its server and cloud technologies aimed at blending the divide between Azure and Windows Server.

Tribridge Updates Offender360 for Corrections Industry

Tribridge, a  U.S. based IT services and business consulting firm, today announced its latest release of Offender360 Version 2013, an integrated offender management solution. Built on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, Offender360 represents a clear breakthrough for correctional institutions by providing a scalable, user-friendly and cost-effective offender management solution that is capable of managing the entire offender lifecycle. Offender360 Version 2013 will be formally launched on Jan. 28 with an exclusive preview during a private reception at the 2013 American Correctional Association (ACA) Winter Conference in Houston.

Designed to increase information sharing, improve accountability and enhance public safety, Tribridge’s Offender360 Version 2013 leverages Microsoft Dynamics CRM, SharePoint and SQL Server to provide correctional and other public safety institutions with a deployment-ready tool for managing and tracking offenders. Some key features of the offender management solution include Reception and Commitment; Classification; Discipline; Housing and Bed Management; Grievances; and Security Threat Group Management.

Tribridge’s Public Sector experts worked directly with correctional facility professionals and Microsoft to develop a system that is customizable to the needs of individual facilities. Tribridge Offender360 is currently in use or being deployed at several agencies across the United States at both state and regional facilities.

“We are extremely proud and excited about the release of Offender360 Version 2013,” said Josh Jaquish, Managing Director of the Public Sector practice at Tribridge. “While we’ve based quite a few of our modules on CTA (Corrections Technology Association) specifications and guidelines, our customers played a significant role in shaping the newest version of our comprehensive offender management solution.”

Offender360 is one of several solutions that Tribridge has developed for the Public Sector. The sensitive nature of public data and requirements for complete transparency in many cases, as well as the demand for improved constituent service levels and fiscal constraints, elevate the need for technology solutions that are dependable, efficient, cost effective and secure. With hundreds of deployments for various state and local government agencies to its credit, Tribridge’s Public Sector team understands how to help its clients select, adapt and implement technology solutions.

A complete preview of Offender360 Version 2013 offender management solution will be available at the ACA Winter Conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Jan. 25-30. Visit Microsoft booth #831 in the Expo Center for specific information, or to schedule a private demonstration at ACA or any other time, please contact Linda Athans at or 813-287-8887, x1212.