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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: 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: Moving to the cloud on your terms – 17 May 2012

    Local Authorities and Police Forces are increasingly looking at Cloud services to increase efficiency and collaboration, whilst reducing the cost and burden of delivering integrated and collaborative applications to their users. However, there are understandable questions about Cloud services over potential...
  • 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: Microsoft appointed to Government’s ‘G-Cloud’ Framework

    Microsoft has today been appointed to the Government Procurement Services’ ‘G-Cloud’ Framework following the completion of the formal bid process. The business has been successfully appointed on all four Lots: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS as well as cloud consulting services. In addition, a number...
  • 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: Government Gateway: A model for e-government service (plus events for your diary)

    Whilst the concept of online transactions is now a mainstream activity for most consumer organisations, designing and building this type of online service in government presents unique challenges. Unlike online banks, or eBay or Amazon, an online government transaction platform has to be designed with...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government - See you at SOCITM 2011

    We are looking forward to meeting many of you at the SOCITM 2011 conference next week. It runs from November 29 to December 1 at Birmingham’s NEC. Microsoft is attending SOCITM 2011 as a sponsor and exhibitor together with a selection of our public sector solution partners. We hope to...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Windows Azure drives innovative use of open data

    Open data is driving both innovative applications and the practical use of cloud computing. A colleague has just brought me up to speed on how a variety of public sector organisations are using Windows Azure to enable citizen connection, the provisioning of open data and Government-as-a-Service applications...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Microsoft in Public Sector Live Meetings (Webinars)

    We are running a series of ‘Microsoft in Public Sector’ Live Meetings (webinars) that will relate the application of Microsoft technology to key ICT drivers in the public sector – saving money, innovating with ICT-enabled public services and enabling more effective and secure collaboration...
  • 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...
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