Responding to public records requests under the freedom of information act or local state laws is time-consuming and expensive. Together the political ecosystem, engaged citizens, and new legislation is making it imperative for public records officers to find ways to help them respond accurately, work efficiently, and maintain compliance with State laws.

AIRLIFT Respond is a software solution for public records request management. Its functionality helps records officers streamline the process, stay organized, and mitigate risk.

AIRLIFT Respond is available today: please visit to learn more and schedule a demonstration for a closer look at the future of Public Records.

In January of 2016 cloudPWR began working with the State of Washington Department of Health. We were given a very short timeframe to deliver one of the States highest priority technology projects. Because the project had a major public impact and a deadline written in law there was oversight from the Governor and the State CIO’s offices.

With a project this big, a short six months to deliver and a modest budget there was a high risk it wouldn’t get done. We did the improbable and always believed we would. We have a wicked smart team that remained dedicated to the many technical details, maintained constant client communication and shouldered a determination to complete the project no matter what. I would like to thank the entire cloudPWR team that worked tirelessly to meet the deadline, exceed expectations and push AIRLIFT to new heights.

The application is often referred to in the press as a Database, and while it is true that our platform has a database the product is far more. The application is fully integrated with the State of Washington’s single sign-on authentication service, Secure Access Washington (SAW). We also utilized our proprietary workflow, forms, custom pages and service bus architecture to provide a seamless and customized experience for each distinct user community.

As part of the process of delivering this project we also complete a formal SOC 2 Type 2 Audit and had an independent company complete a full cyber-security vulnerability and penetration testing audit of our entire platform. These are exciting times for the company and we are looking forward to working with more agencies throughout the United States to modernize, integrate and replace legacy software applications.

Microsoft will be releasing a video series focused on preparing your organization for Enterprise Content Management with SharePoint. Creating the course material and recording the videos in Redmond was really fun, it was great working with Chris Riley again. The studio was really cool and the equipment was impressive. The course will be posted on edX soon and will be promoted at upcoming conferences.


In the course you will learn about the importance of creating a solid Information Architecture, how to develop a well formed project plan and the importance of the implementation team.

Special thanks to Christina Singletary for coordination and also Tony Frink for helping with editing the slide decks. Also if your into DevOps Make sure to check out Chris’s company 

We are working on a new cloudPWR website for 2016. The new site will bring AIRLIFT front and center. Since it was founded in 2011 the company has achieved the goal of providing cloud solutions and web apps that users love. These products are being used by thousands of Public Sector employees throughout Washington State.


This site as been updated to show the basic look and feel. What do you think? Just hashtag #OldLook or #NewLook with a comment on Twitter or Facebook.

This past summer Microsoft Press published some sample content from the book. I wanted to post a link here and share the acknowledgements I wrote on page xvi.

The time spent writing this book was substantial and occurred mostly on nights and weekends. It meant sacrificing some pretty sweet powder days at Crystal Mountain with my son Cade or missing out on playing a game of Pokemon cards with my other son Jaxson. Whenever I would retreat to my office, I could hear the family activities occur- ring without me. Then a knock at the door with a hot cup of coffee, snack, or request to come eat a meal with the family would remind me how supportive my wife and boys were during this effort. I was rarely alone in my office, usually accompanied by either our dogs Luci and Lily at my feet or Chris Riley, who was working via Skype right along- side me. Continue

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