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The San Diego Sherriff Department is responsible for the nearly 1 million citizens of San Diego County.  Their job requirements vary significantly and may include tasks such as monitoring the local jails, providing security to the San Diego County courtrooms, and monitoring the county for unlawful actions.

In order for all 4,000 members of the SD County Sheriff’s Department to keep up to date on important cases and the many citizens of the county, the sheriff’s department has created a system called SD Fusion.  This program works directly with Microsoft industry standard tools in order to automatically load relevant information into a computerized system.

With SD Fusion, a member of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department can access the information they need fast.  All of the data about on-going cases, San Diego citizens, and current events is stored in one easily-accessible database available at the fingertips of all officers.  The department believes this will help in making smart, accurate decisions on the go, which in turn, will enhance public safety.  Chief Information Officer, Andy Chmielinski, stated that “SD Fusion’s mission is to provide tech services to all users”.  Undoubtedly, this Microsoft based program will help the sheriffs of San Diego County make the decisions that help the entire county.

This type of program could also be utilized by other professionals that need fast access to detailed information.  Attorneys and other legal professionals as well as those in the medical field may be interested in pursuing a similar program for their own department in the future.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation MDOT is the government program in place to oversee the movement of people on public roadways, auto accidents, and the safety of Mississippi motorists.  Because there is so much data regarding traffic conditions and safety laws, the MDOT team has adopted a program that tracks their statistics in an easily accessible database.

The program is based on Microsoft products that were already in place at their office, and utilizes the SharePoint program to host their data sharing.  The content management system allows MDOT employees to analyze trends and identify problematic traffic patterns, all at the click of a button.

John Simpson, Chief Technology Officer of MDOT believes that the SharePoint program effectively helps save lives by cleaning up confusion that clouded the facts.  Because the Microsoft products were already in place on computer systems throughout MDOT, the transition was easy and fast, and all users are equally as familiar with the way the data management program runs.

SharePoint Project Manager for MDOT, Ken Slay reported that the implementation of this type of information system has allowed MDOT to collaborate within itself and with the other state departments that may be involved in handling transportation related issues.

The Department of Transportation is just one example of an organization utilizing a data collection and distribution program to analyze patterns and work on solving potential problems.  Many attorneys, medical professionals, school systems, and law enforcement agencies are also implementing this type of helpful  tool in their everyday work.