Budget Reprogramming, Stimulus 360, and more!

August 17th

At times of high volume transactions like the upcoming end of year budget cycle. government organizations typically encounter opportunities for improvement. Budget Reprogramming in many agencies today is a manual process. Moving simple financial transactions between departments can take weeks instead of hours. Tune in to learn how Microsoft is improving the work of government by enabling better intra company transfers and compliance reporting back to the government. Microsoft has teamed with partners like Information Strategies to provide line of business solutions that can be rapidly deployed in the cloud and at a much lower cost. Tune into to find out how you can drive greater efficiency and impact with Microsoft Dynamics solutions for government.


Mike Teller– CIO,Office of the Chief Financial Officer
James Townsend– Founder and President, Information Strategies
Michael Batt– Director, Dynamics, State & Local Government, Education & Healthcare, Microsoft Corporation


About the Guests:

Mike Teller
Chief Information Officer
Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Mike Teller was appointed in September 2005 to serve as the Chief Information Officer for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO).

Prior to joining the District government, Teller worked for the State of Maryland for almost three decades. As deputy chief of information technology, he was responsible for oversight of six major data centers that provided information technology operations for 65 state agencies with an annual budget approaching $400 million. He was also responsible for the creation of the state’s first Information Technology Master Plan, which was recognized by the Gartner Group as being significantly ahead of any other state’s plan in setting a vision for the future and in establishing a clear organization linked to the state budgetary process.

Following his retirement from the state of Maryland, Teller spent eight years in the private sector bringing e-government solutions to state and local governments, including the first use of electronic checks to pay property tax bills in San Diego County.

Teller also brings a strong financial planning background to the OCFO. He served as the chief financial planner for the Maryland Department of Transportation. In that capacity he was responsible for bond and debt service strategies for the department’s Transportation Trust Fund, as well as the preparation of revenue and expenditure projections.

A native of Baltimore, Teller holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He also served in the United States Navy Reserve

James Townsend
Founder and President
Information Strategies

James Townsend, Founder and CEO, has published over fifty articles and books on databases and business computing, the most recent being Building Portals, Intranets and Corporate Web Sites with Microsoft Servers (Addison Wesley, 2004) as well as Web Development with Microsoft Resources (SAMS, 1996).

Jim received his Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Methodist College in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and his Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Michael Batt
Director, Dynamics
State & Local Government, Education & Healthcare
Microsoft Corporation

As Director for Microsoft Dynamics SLG, EDU & Healthcare business, Mike is responsible for leading a national team supporting the Microsoft Dynamics channel, sales & marketing efforts for financial, HR, payroll, supply chain and customer relationship management solutions. Mike has been with Microsoft since April of 1996, holding a number of sales, channel development, and leadership roles. Mike has been in the Public Sector technology industry for over 20 years and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Marketing from Marymount University.

Mike is a lifelong Fairfax County resident and has served on the Board of the Reston YMCA, plus been active in multiple local chambers since 1989. Mike has represented Microsoft at the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce since 2004, serving in multiple capacities (Incubator Committee Member, Reston Metro Access Group Representative, and currently as a Board Member).

Mike lives in Reston, VA with his wife Michelle and their two children, David & Sarah.