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  • Blog Post: Did you know Microsoft has open government initiatives worldwide?

    Open government initiatives are currently going on all over the world. As I look around to see all the data that is publicly available, it amazes me of how far our governments have come along to promote transparency, connect and engage with citizens, and to realise the full potential of mobile, social...
  • Blog Post: How Spain’s Generalitat of Catalonia used Dynamics CRM to address domestic violence

    We're always excited to be able to share stories about how government organisations are using technology to solve problems. Whether it’s a large agency using cloud computing to achieve a mission-critical goal, or a small municipality using a mobile app to connect with its citizens, it’s encouraging...
  • Blog Post: Dear Government: Do you have an app for that?

    If you’re like me, the thought of being away from your smartphone, even for a day, creates a sense of anxiety. These days, I’m checking email, paying bills, managing schedules, and navigating on road trips — all from my smart phone. It’s become indispensable. As smartphones become...
  • Blog Post: Solidsoft builds revolutionary CloudStore for Government

    The Government’s new CloudStore went live on 20th February 2012 - a huge achievement both for the Government’s G-Cloud team and the Microsoft partner that built the store from scratch in just six weeks Solidsoft. Solidsoft CEO, Garth Pickup, says that his company relished the challenge whilst...
  • Blog Post: Day two of the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum in review

    Day two of the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum got off to a fantastic start, despite attendees battling the horrific weather to arrive at the venue. The morning consensus was very excitable with a full day ahead of us and a fabulous gala dinner to look forward to in the evening. Opening the talks...
  • Blog Post: Review of Worldwide Government Solutions Forum 2012

    The sixth year of the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum saw the turn of London, featuring speakers from 26 different countries. After sampling a few international cuisines we sat down to gain a range of views from around the world on how the Government and Public Sector can incorporate cloud computing...
  • 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: Highlights from #bluelightcamp

    This weekend in Manchester, the Blue Light Camp unconference took place and was reported to have been very a unique and refreshing day. The emergency services event was the brain child of Sasha Taylor , Paul Coxon and David White and provided a fantastic networking opportunity for those interested in...
  • 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: Worldwide Government Solutions Forum 2012 - Government Digital Services

    The demands that governments are facing from their citizens and workers are changing and it has become crucial for governments to look for new technologies as a catalyst to help them overcome these hurdles with fewer resources. Turning to Cloud computing services can make it dramatically easier and...
  • 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: 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: Weathering the storm with social media

    Despite not feeling much like it recently, Winter is upon us and, if the weather reports are to be believed, we are in for a bit of a battering over the next 48 hours. Every council around the UK will be battening down the hatches and preparing themselves for whatever the weather can throw at them and...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing in Government – Happening Now in Norway, Spain and UK

    Cloud computing offers a number of ways for public sector organisations to reduce costs, improve efficiency and communicate better. Citizens want more involvement in how public information is used and the cloud can give them that. The innovative use of cloud computing to connect providers of public services...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Innovate, Save, Engage Customer Briefing in Leeds on September 22nd

    Local government and government agencies are being urged to think differently about the way they engage with citizens and businesses to meet their needs. The Connected Government Framework (CGF) is Microsoft's strategy to help governments reduce cost and be more efficient and responsive to citizens....
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Strategies to transform government in the 2.0 world (FREE white paper)

    Technology advances have opened up new possibilities and raised expectation about governments’ role and how governments should serve communities. These factors include: Cloud computing as a viable ICT provisioning model and a way to reduce costs and deliver new services. Social media to...
  • 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: Only 13% of citizen contact is currently online

    “In an age when 96% of all 25-34 years olds are internet users, just 13% of our contact with citizens is currently carried out online. We have to start looking at ways we can improve the way we communicate with citizens. But, we also need to do it in a more cost-effective way than has been tried...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – How Carlisle Council protects business-critical email and multi-agency data

    Carlisle City Council provides public services to 100,000 people living in the city and surrounding area. Carlisle seeks to improve public services through information and communications technology (ICT), including sharing the management of IT services with a neighbouring council. The Council needed...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – How Medway Council uses technology to deliver self-directed social care

    In the area of social care, Medway Council is helping to lead the implementation of a national programme called Putting People First , a new model of self-directed support delivery using a technology solution, CareDirector , from Microsoft partner CareWorks . Medway Council provides social care for...
  • Blog Post: The Micawber Principle of Public Sector Budgeting

    Wilkins Micawber is a fictional character from Charles Dickens’ 1850 novel David Copperfield. His name has become synonymous with someone who lives in hopeful expectation. This has formed the basis for the Micawber Principle, based upon his observation " Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure...
  • Blog Post: Citizen Services – How Leicester City Council Streamlines Financial Management with Microsoft

    One of the things we try to do with this blog is to keep you up-to-date on how other public sector customers are achieving value for money, delivering more effective public services and enabling more efficient use of existing ICT investments. Today, the spotlight is on how Leicester City Council is using...
  • Blog Post: Government and the Web – 568,321,965 visits to UK Government websites in 2009-10

    “ A week is a long time in politics, ” said the former Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson. That is exactly how I feel after a week out of the country and returning to the post-budget austerity and catching up on the many announcements from the new Coalition Government. One of the most...
  • Blog Post: Citizen Service Platform – How local authorities worldwide are improving citizen services

    The UK alone has 450+ local authorities serving the public service needs of citizens in their communities. When you scale local government on a worldwide basis there must be tens of thousands of local authorities with common challenges and ICT needs. One of the benefits that Microsoft can bring to understanding...
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