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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Receives G-Cloud Impact Level 2 Accreditation from Cabinet Office for Use across the UK Public Sector

    Microsoft’s cloud computing platform is now accredited to store and communicate data securely up to the UK Government’s Impact Level 2 classification. Reading, UK. — 04/04/13 — Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, has been awarded Impact Level 2 (IL2)...
  • Blog Post: Council revolutionises collaboration with services using new business management software

    Plymouth City Council is facing a big social challenge - a 16-year life expectancy gap between the east and west of the city. Addressing this issue requires all services - including social and health care, policing, and housing - to work closely together. To achieve this, the council needs to update...
  • Blog Post: What's cloud computing all about? We have the perfect guide...

    In the middle of the 1990s the Web emerged and a whole generation of Internet-facing Web applications, both Internet and Intranet, were built using HTML and Web servers. Web technologies remain a core model in developing applications today. In the early 2000s Web services and SOA (Service-Oriented...
  • Blog Post: Channel Shift in Public Services: Have we reached the tipping point?

    According to the latest data available from SOCITM, two-thirds of customer contacts with local authorities are now online. This means that 400 million+ of customer contacts received by English local authorities each year are now coming in through online and digital channels. Reducing the cost per...
  • Blog Post: DocCom network seminar - video interviews

    On 9th July a group of healthcare professionals from across the UK gathered in Central London to discuss how social media and networking can be of benefit to healthcare. The organiser of the event was DocCom - a new, secure, online community for healthcare professionals. The seminar was extremely interesting...
  • Blog Post: The hype about Skype in healthcare

    As television programmes go, we are faced with a wealth of choices these days. It's almost information overload! One of the few, really informative programmes which I like watching though is Embarrassing Bodies on Channel 4. Perhaps 'informative' is not quite the right word to use as maybe it suggests...
  • Blog Post: Livescape: the Swiss Army knife of healthcare apps

    If you had any doubt about the might of your mobile, consider this. By the end of 2011, over 10.9 billion apps (smartphone applications) had been downloaded to mobile phones across the globe. Their popularity is driven by some universal factors: Apps are easy to use and visually appealing: they...
  • Blog Post: Deploy and use Office 365

    You can help your team to be more productive than ever before with Office 365. While getting users up and running on Office 365 is simple and straightforward, these resources below are available to help. Sign in to Office 365 at any time and double-check your custom deployment plan to make sure you have...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing - Delivering the right services to the right users

    In previous posts we have covered how cloud enables organisations to segment users, roles and workloads and to place these in the most appropriate place. Highlight secure workloads can be run on a customers own datacentre, shared services can be consumed from service providers (from a private cloud)...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing - Infrastructure v platform (as a service)

    In this post we will compare and contrast 'infrastructure and platform as a service' delivered from public cloud. Infrastructure as a service delivers raw compute power in the form of virtual machines. Organisations can go to an IaaS provider and request a number of virtual machines, say a hundred...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing - software as a service

    In the previous post we looked at Infrastructure (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), in this post we will look at Software As A Service or SaaS. The service provider manages everything up to and including the application itself. As a customer you get to configure the application for your use. A...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing - Delivering IT as a service

    The role of any IT department in an organisation is to deliver business value through information technology. This distils down to delivering a set of applications to the business users to enable them to do their roles more efficiently. Anything outside of the application is inherently overhead, whether...
  • Blog Post: Unlock the business value of information – Free webinar with the Register

    OK, this isn't technically aimed at just a health-related audience but those of you working in healthcare might find this free webinar appealing (we hope you do)... ---------------------------------------------- Information is one of the most important assets of public sector organisations. Unlocking...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing - Why Cloud?

    Over the coming weeks, we have invited our colleague and cloud expert Nick Umney from Microsoft's UK National Technology Office, to post a series of blogs on all things cloud. These weekly blog posts will also touch upon the following topics as the series continues: delivering IT as a service ...
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