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  • Blog Post: It turns out mobile working isn’t just convenient – it’s a cost-saver too

    It’s easy to fall into the trap of treating the IT department like the A&E at the local Hospital – you only pay it any mind when something’s gone wrong. That’s the position West Sussex County Council found itself in for years, as aging infrastructure hampered staff capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Why the Scottish Government is turning to tablets to get more done

    Mobile working in a flexible, collaborative environment is the future of public sector productivity – and the Scottish Government is looking to lead the way. Like all public sector organisations, the Scottish Government needed to find ways to reduce costs while improving services – mobile...
  • Blog Post: The call that’s going to save the Scottish Borders Council £1 million

    Cutting a £1 million from an organisation’s budget over the course of three years is no mean feat. Those kinds of savings usually come with a hefty cost – fewer staff, shuttered programs, lost resources, etc. But sometimes it can come from replacing an old, inefficient system –...
  • Blog Post: How much money is outdated software costing your organisation?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: Free webinar: Welsh Government shares its digital delivery and cost-cutting secret

    Public sector organisations are all under pressure to deliver more services ‘digital by default’ for less. Impossible? Not at all. The Welsh Assembly found a way to do both for 200 services, consolidating 8 inefficient systems into a single workflow that met the needs of 29 different government...
  • Blog Post: Week in Gov. Tech: G-Cloud sales figures hold steady -- but is procurement getting any easier?

    Top Story: Cost-cutting, not performance, is still the primary driver in local government technology decisions , a survey of public sector technology executives finds . The market for local government solutions is complex and fragmented, and IT decision-makers say deploying shared-services solutions...
  • Blog Post: Working faster or working better: Which saves public sector orgs more money in the long run?

    It's no secret that government organisations are under pressure to cut costs. But in the rush to save money, it's important not to lose sight of the difference t between efficiency and effectiveness. Customer service in the public sector is a marathon, not a sprint. Most businesses enjoy relatively...
  • Blog Post: London Council Uses Private Cloud to Cut Costs and Support Flexible Working

    Driving down costs and increasing efficiencies are challenges shared by all local authorities in the UK. Newham Council is transforming its work style and making efficiency savings through the Microsoft private cloud, using the new features in the Windows Server 2012 operating system and Microsoft System...
  • Blog Post: Social Tools in the Workplace

    Microsoft research released on 27th May reports that almost half of employees believe that social tools used in the workplace aid their productivity but interestingly, more than 30 percent of companies underestimate the value of these tools and therefore place restrictions upon their use by employees...
  • Blog Post: Smart buildings save energy and money

    In my January blog post , I first discussed the results of Microsoft’s groundbreaking Energy Smart Buildings project. Since then, the program was named a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate , an honour given to visionary IT applications that promote positive social and economic change. The program’s...
  • Blog Post: City Council makes significant savings replacing existing system with unified communications

    Faced with the challenge of funding cuts, rising customer expectations, and having to move premises, Leicester City Council embarked on a business transformation strategy. It needed to take control of its data, enhance customer experience, and modernise its infrastructure to support flexible, collaborative...
  • Blog Post: TfL builds next generation ticketing platform

    TfL's Oyster card has proven extremely popular with Londoners, however the organisation is not resting on its laurels: work on the next generation Oyster replacement is already well under way. Tim Carmen, Architecture Manager at Transport for London (TfL), is responsible for creating the architecture...
  • Blog Post: The big advantages of flexible working - radio interview with Microsoft's Dave Coplin

    The very successful Anywhere Working Week (see #AWweek on Twitter) has come to an end. But it seems that government organisations are still divided about what flexible working brings to their workplace and, most importantly their productivity. Today's Anywhere Working event at the London Transport Museum...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 allows flexible working for all, slashes IT costs and enables a ‘paperless office’ for Wiltshire Council

    The organisation has reduced IT budgets by more than 25 per cent with new deployments. London, UK. — Mar. 20, 2013 — Wiltshire Council has cemented its transformation from 5 local authorities in Wiltshire to a single Unitary Authority by moving a significant IT service to the Cloud with...
  • 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: Tablets that mean business – Windows 8 helping cut the total cost of ownership

    There is no doubt that Windows 8 is the new kid on the block as far as operating systems are concerned. It’s still in its infancy and, as a result, people are just beginning to realise its vast potential. Dell are one of those companies who are currently producing a selection of great devices...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft on G-Cloud Webcast - Friday 8th March

    Microsoft and our public sector partners offer a selection of services and solutions on the G-Cloud framework that can be purchased via the CloudStore. Our webcast - Microsoft on G-Cloud : what we offer, how to buy – on Friday March 8 th , 2-3pm , will provide you with practical information...
  • 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: Anywhere Working - how to work where and how you want

    Off the back of the Parliamentary reception for the Anywhere Working campaign and as Office 365 for business is launching today, we thought we'd share this lovely video with you... Do you have a flexible working policy in your organisation? If not, check out this fab video out: Posted by Howard...
  • Blog Post: Leading Global Humanitarian Society Selects Cloud, Enhances Capacity and Response

    Some great news which we thought you might be interested in from our worldwide colleagues... The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has selected Microsoft Office 365 to be the standard communications and collaboration platform for its National Societies worldwide...
  • Blog Post: The Electoral Commission improves data accuracy and customer service with CRM

    Here is a great case study for anyone thinking of improving data accuracy, cutting admin and improving customer relations... The Electoral Commission is a body set up by the United Kingdom (U.K.) parliament to regulate party finance and set election standards. To improve decision making through more...
  • Blog Post: Four cool R&D projects that are going to change your world

    At a recent event at Microsoft Research Cambridge, a number of demos stood out. They address big problems and use new technology to solve them. Their relevance to public sector and business IT problems is obvious but they also have the potential to help change the world. Big data to big decisions...
  • Blog Post: All change – Steve Ballmer discusses innovation, Microsoft and enterprise IT

    Tim Cozze-Young was at the Microsoft Executive Briefing in London to hear what our CEO, Steve Ballmer, had to say about the future of IT and how Microsoft is evolving to meet the needs of enterprise customers. In 2020, three-quarters of the Fortune 500 will be companies we haven’t heard of yet...
  • Blog Post: Inspire your IT pros at our new, free creative space!

    During this current period of huge change and added financial pressures, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Government organisations are in a growth lock down. But, as many of us know, this adversity has seemed to fuel a fresh wave of IT innovation - fuelled by elements such as the cloud and social...
  • 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...
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