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  • Blog Post: Civil Service Live 2014 – How to keep the inspiration alive now that the show is over

    It’s hard to believe Civil Service Live 2014 is really over. All those speeches and pledges and catch-ups over coffee are just a blur in the rear-view mirror now. But hang on – the conference might be over, but the journey is just beginning. Innovation, collaboration and flexibility are just...
  • Blog Post: Civil Service Live 2014 – Learn to fight “Infobesity” and reimagine your organisation with Dave Coplin

    The numbers don’t lie. Workers are positively drowning in data. But at the same time, they’re starved for information. How is that even possible? At Civil Service Live 2014, Microsoft Chief Envisioning Officer Dave Coplin ( @dcoplin ) will exploring our relationship with information –...
  • Blog Post: Need help getting started with cloud tools? This free e-book is a great resource

    Maybe you’re convinced that cloud tools are the future. Or maybe you’re not so sure. Whether you’re cloud sceptic or a cloud evangelist, it’s hard to get away from the topic these days. Trouble is, most of the information out there is written for IT pros who eat, sleep and...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from Windows XP SP3 & Office 2003? Learn how support can make the shift easier

    Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 will end in April 2014. As organisations move to newer, supported Windows and Office versions, they are faced with many challenges. These challenges include not only completing the technical implementation quickly and within budget, but also supporting employees...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft services reappointed to G-Cloud Framework v4

    The Government Procurement Services reappointed Microsoft to the G-Cloud Framework v4, following the completion of the Official Journal European Union bid process. Microsoft’s appointment to the framework covers all four lots: Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, Software as a Service...
  • Blog Post: How much money is outdated software costing your organisation?

    It’s natural to consider costs when mulling a technology upgrade – but it’s important to look at the whole picture. Older software is harder to support, since it’s less secure (being designed for the security threats of 12 years ago) and isn’t optimized for today’s...
  • Blog Post: How Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust managed to promote remote work -- without spending a lot of money

    Have you ever noticed that your home computer is nicer than the machine you use at work? You're not alone. Bring-your-own-device IT policies are becoming more common, since they can help employees do their best work from anywhere, while still saving the organisation serious money. Imperial College...
  • Blog Post: How the power of the cloud is helping make European medicine safer

    Imagine that a new regulation meant that your organisation had to develop the ability to verify the contents of billions of orders annually, in dozens of countries. Of course, it’s not enough for the system to be effective – it’s also got to be secure so that the public can trust it...
  • Blog Post: Webinars and Workshops - Simplifying clinical access to multiple applications and patient records with acceSSOnce

    In May 2013 we covered a story which highlighted how Clinicians at Luton and Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust Hospital were saving 30-45 minutes per day on average by using acceSSOnce – an OCSL partner solution, based on Microsoft software, which simplified clinical access to multiple applications...
  • Blog Post: SQL underpins Ascribe’s Web Pharmacy rollout at North Tees & Hartlepool

    Microsoft technology is at the heart of another successful (and on-time) healthcare IT deployment, this time at North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, and in the rapidly emerging field of e-prescribing. Hospital pharmacies are an ideal target for improvement through technology, as: ...
  • Blog Post: The Consumer at Work: Creating the next generation of healthcare applications

    The first 60 years of business software has been focused on making operations more effective and efficient. However, outside work we now possess beautifully designed devices, which are easy to use and run a new generation of user centred software built on internet technologies. These devices and services...
  • 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: Public Sector case studies for Budget day

    Well, the 2013 budget has finished and while the dust is settling on the key points from the Chancellor's speech, We've compiled some great case studies from the UK public sector to share with you which demonstrate excellent examples of cost saving... How to save money and... ...reduce carbon footprint...
  • Blog Post: How enlightened is your application migration strategy?

    As healthcare customers start to think seriously about moving away from Windows XP then application migration becomes a critical area to consider. In this guest blog post from application migration specialists Camwood we investigate how blue light organisations can plan to migrate their application portfolio...
  • Blog Post: Healthcare innovation - free downloads from our partners

    Here are some handy downloads about brilliant health IT solutions by our partners that we originally posted for the EHI Live event in November 2012. They're highly useful further reading if you'd like to find out what great advances are being made in healthcare using Microsoft technology... 2e2 –...
  • Blog Post: easyJet transforms business model with cloud and Azure

    Luton-based easyJet are differentiating themselves from other low cost airlines by bringing in a new seat booking system . Traditionally synonymous with airport scrums due to the free seating arrangements on their planes, this move signifies a new era for the carrier. The new seat booking system is...
  • 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: Microsoft works anywhere - Lync

    We thought we'd share this story with all of our healthcare readers who are interested in telehealth/teleconsulting. This is a great example of Lync being used to connect colleagues in different locations... With the Olympics now taking place, it's not just the athletes who have had a challenge to...
  • 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: DocCom networking event - healthcare communication just got a whole lot easier

    Next Monday, we will be keeping you bang up-to-date on Twitter with a great health event taking place in London - our DocCom networking event. DocCom is a brand new, very exciting development with the sole intention to link up healthcare professionals all over the UK in a secure, engaging platform. Read...
  • Blog Post: MyHealthBox – a first for mental health care

    Guest blog: Mike Denis, Director of Information Strategy at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) Today, Tuesday 15th May, Health Minister Lord Howe officially launches MyHealthBox , the world’s first patient-held electronic health record in the field of mental health. It’s...
  • 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...
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