Microsoft assists with new Illinois criminal justice information system

Microsoft has been working with the state of Illinois to launch a new cloud-based criminal justice information system that is designed to replace a massive mainframe system made during the 1980s. The new system, called Offender-360, was announced today.

Microsoft's press release said that the state government of Illinois looked at 20 different proposals to update its criminal justice information system which processes 49,000 inmates and 28,000 parolees. One of those unnamed plans, it would have cost the state $100 million to put into place. In the end, the state choose a solution that used Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Microsoft added:

With guidance from Tribridge, 2012 Microsoft Dynamics State and Local Government Partner of the Year, the Illinois DOC was able to configure, develop and deploy the robust and flexible architecture of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online through trained and certified union members, significantly reducing the Offender-360 solution cost and deployment timeframe. The use of union workers helped Illinois avoid hiring contractors, gave union employees advancement opportunities and drove revenue back to the state by using an Illinois-based union workforce.

The new Offender-360 system will be slowly rolled out over the next several months, with the plan to have it serve 5,500 users by the summer of 2013.

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Basing a criminal justice system on the "cloud," is that really wise? Cloud crashes and hacking come to mind, oh so easily.

why are we still on thie 360 nameing scheme? you'd think they would of came out with something new by now, <s> or are they waiting for the next xbox to use what ever it has as their new software naming scheme also </s>

neufuse said,
why are we still on thie 360 nameing scheme? you'd think they would of came out with something new by now, <s> or are they waiting for the next xbox to use what ever it has as their new software naming scheme also </s>

no, it wasn't like that,
it was supposed to be '365' but consider cloud outage WILL happens at least 5 days in a year, MS deicded to reduce the number to 360.

dynamics CRM is one hell of a great product, can be customised to suit any line of business or, in this case a criminal justice system!

duddit2 said,
dynamics CRM is one hell of a great product, can be customised to suit any line of business or, in this case a criminal justice system!

Illinois is using Microsoft Dynamics CRM to track criminals.

The USDA is using Microsoft Dynamics CRM to track cows.

CSX is using Microsoft Dynamics CRM to track railroad cars.

Hallmark is using Microsoft Dynamics CRM for greeting cards.

The problem comes when you try to do something with it that doesn't start with the letter "c." Then you're just out of luck. :-)