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  • Blog Post: Free event: Learn to find the insights hiding in your organisations’ data

    You’ve always known there were insights hiding in your organisations’ data. There are patterns in how your organisation consumes resources, how it delivers services and even how it manages employees. Those patterns were always there, but they’re easy to miss in the rush of new files...
  • Blog Post: What makes an organisation “brilliant”? Find out with Microsoft and IMGROUP

    The cloud is more than just a great way to lower your organisations’ IT costs. Cloud tools have the power to transform your entire organisation –increasing productivity, making workers more collaborative and turning raw data into actionable insights. Cloud technology is all about enabling...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft City Next: How does data transparency benefit UK cities?

    Data transparency has been a priority for the UK central government for about two years now. But most government data is actually collected at the local level. Should transparency be a priority for local government officials? Or is it just a central government priority that local offices only address...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: What does Big Data mean for the future of cities?

    Transformation is a major theme of Microsoft CityNext . To meet the unique challenges faced by urban areas, local governments must find new and better ways of doing business, instead of trying to simply do the same old thing a little bit better. But it’s one thing to say cities will need to...
  • Blog Post: Event: Learn how to turn citizen data into actionable intelligence

    Putting citizen data to work is a key part of transforming public sector services and finding ways to offer new services with fewer resources. Big Data allows organisations to make smarter decisions and allocate resources based on evidence, rather than assumptions. But how do you get started with collecting...
  • Blog Post: The Anywhere Working Parliamentary reception – the future looks flexible!

    Visiting the Houses of Parliament is always a pleasure… actually, now I think of it, I’ve never been before… so my first ever visit was very exciting! The reason for attending? A parliamentary reception for the Anywhere Working Campaign. And, if you want to get symbolic about it,...
  • Blog Post: Latest agenda for the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum, London (24th-25th April)

    It's less than a month to go now until the huge Worldwide Government Solutions Forum in London (24th-25th April). We thought we'd share the latest agenda with you - it's packed full fantastic speakers and chances to do some great networking. Just see for yourself below... More soon - don't forget, you...
  • Blog Post: Unlock the value of business information – FREE research report and webcast

    Whether you call it business intelligence or performance management, the challenge remains the same – how can public sector organisations more effectively unlock the business value of the information they have on their systems? Microsoft recently conducted research across a number of Public...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government - Flexible Workstyles (Consumerisation of IT)

    We’ve recently blogged on two topics currently close to UK Government’s heart: firstly, Annemarie Duffy wrote about how internal IT within Microsoft is embracing opportunities presented by cloud, and by the Consumerisation of IT (CoIT). Then Nick Umney posted the first in his “ Why...
  • Blog Post: Why attend the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum in April?

    Worldwide Government Solutions Forum, 24 th -25 th April 2012, Cardinal Place (Microsoft), London. It’s just under two months until the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum (GSF) rolls in to London. It’s theme this year is ‘efficiency and opportunity: how cloud and technology innovations...
  • 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 ...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government - a look at consumerisation of IT at Microsoft UK

    Microsoft is perhaps unique, in that it is both consumer and enterprise technology provider, as well as being a major enterprise technology consumer. This unique perspective brings great value to the organisation - not least in its ability to comprehensively test out and use new product developments...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency - fall in love with your browser this Valentine's Day!

    Love it or hate it, it's that time of year again when the world goes all lovey-dubby. Valentine's Day is upon us and it's a time for reminding that special someone in your life how much you love them. Some would say a love for tech (or in this case software), can almost rival love for another human being...
  • Blog Post: Day two at ukgovcamp 2012

    We’ve been attending UK GovCamp , an ‘unconference’ that aims to bring together public sector professionals to discuss best practice use of technology. The event lasts 2 days, read our day one wrap-up post to see what happened yesterday. As with yesterday and in the true ‘unconferencing’...
  • Blog Post: Govcamp 2012 preview

    With just over a week to go until Govcamp2012, we’re taking a quick look at what we can look forward to on 20 th and 21 st January! UKGovcamp is all about people making the time to talk, listen and think about how digital changes the way the UK government works. Conversations around this...
  • Blog Post: Cloud powered forms reap benefits for councils

    When it comes to interacting with government agencies, I am sure many of us think of stacks of complex, multi-page forms asking for information on all sorts of aspects of our lives. IEG 4 , an innovative company based in the UK, is making this a thing of the past for local authorities. Through the use...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – SQLBits X: Technical Launch Event for SQL Server 2012

    SQLBits is the UK SQL Server technical community and their 10th conference (SQLBits X) will take place in London from March 29-31, 2012. SQLBits X will also be the main technical launch conference for SQL Server 2012 in the UK. Over nine previous conferences since 2007, SQLBits has gained a reputation...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – Microsoft Tech Days Online – October 27th

    As both time and travel budgets are tight for everyone, I thought you would be interested in this programme of Microsoft Tech Days Online that we are running on Thursday October 27th. There are three tracks available on the following topics in the morning of October 27th (09:00-12:00): Collaborate...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency - Councils Save £2.6 Million over Four Years with New Customer Contact Platform

    Chorley Council in north-west England is one of three local authorities that have embarked on a radical project to transform service delivery to residents and businesses. Chorley is replacing its existing customer services management software with the Asidua Customer Contact Platform (CCP), which is...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence – FREE Application Platform Workshops in June

    Applications are the bridge between your business processes and the IT department. An Application Platform provides a set of capabilities that help you get better value from your application portfolio. Application Platforms typically comprise three layers: Infrastructure: The Infrastructure layer...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – Free SQL Server Licensing Guide from Independent Analyst

    Although it is unlikely to ever appear on any bestsellers’ list, I thought you may be interested in downloading a copy of a free guide to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Licensing prepared by the independent analyst Directions on Microsoft . Directions on Microsoft reports are normally only...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Free Innovation Showcase Events on Microsoft Citizen Service Platform

    The Citizen Service Platform (CSP) is Microsoft’s strategy to help local authorities and government agencies to reduce costs and be more efficient and responsive to individuals. Microsoft is holding two showcase events with practical examples for our customers and partners to demonstrate how...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency: Manage the Data Explosion with SQL Server (FREE Briefings)

    Data is one thing that no-one is short of. Structured and unstructured data volumes are growing exponentially in most organisations including formal data records, emails, video and mapping data for example. SQL Server is Microsoft’s data management and business intelligence platform that many public...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle Skills for Database Specialists

    ICT vendors can, occasionally, adopt the unrealistic perspective that customers operate in a homogeneous world where all systems and solutions fully integrate and the flow of information is seamless. However, the reality is invariably somewhat different as organisations grapple with the real world of...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Is Cloud-Computing Ready for Mission-Critical Apps?

    This is one of many thought-provoking, informative articles on a new Microsoft website on the mission-critical enterprise . It includes perspectives from a range of CIOs on the importance of business intelligence , collaboration and business applications to their operations. This site gives...
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