SEATTLE, March 27, 2001 — Today, at its fourth annual Government Leaders Conference, Microsoft Corp. will discuss how Microsoft® .NET technology is empowering governments around the world. The Swiss Federal Statistical Office (SFSO) is an agency that recently added to its growing stature as a pioneer in e-government by bringing the benefits of Internet technology and Microsoft solutions to the 2000 Swiss census. Realizing that its electronic census system would need to handle thousands of concurrent users in multiple languages with excellent data security and confidentiality, the SFSO decided to build the application using Microsoft Windows® 2000 Advanced Server in tandem with a Web-enabled SQL Server™
2000 database. The result? From start to finish, the building and testing of the site took nine months, and the final application is able to handle more than 23,000 concurrent users.
The Swiss e-census will be online until the end of March, when the data-gathering process will be complete. The first results will be published at the end of 2001, with final statistical data following six months later. The Microsoft solution will save the SFSO one full year in result evaluation time, compared with the 1990 Swiss census. The case study can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/servers/net/swiss.htm .
Microsoft is committed to helping government leaders use technology to address the fundamental business and operational issues they face, and this solution, built on SQL Server, is just one more example of how solid technology, properly deployed, can deliver efficiencies and reduce costs for government agencies undertaking even the largest tasks.
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