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  • 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: The Rise of the Humans: How to outsmart the digital deluge

    We all have these moments, when the digital deluge appears to sweep us away: the email inbox is running riot, vital work documents play hide and seek on the server, the Twitter firehose is dialled to 11, the Facebook feed is rammed with stuff that may be relevant, but just not today, and all the time...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: How technology can help cities focus on citizens

    Discussions about the future of cities tend to focus on huge systems –infrastructure, bureaucracy, the economy. Those things are important – but doesn’t it make more sense to focus on people first? That could mean empowering workers to do their jobs a bit better. It could mean empowering...
  • Blog Post: Get access to free live flood warning data with the FloodAlerts API

    Floods have exercised the attention of many people recently. Since December, the “FloodAlerts” warning map created by Microsoft partner Shoothill launched in 2014, has been used by the equivalent of more than 20% of the adult population of England and Wales – helping them stay up-to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: Green light for a mobile Manchester

    This post is by Raluca Anghel. Commuting in a city of 2.69 million residents can be tedious, but Manchester found a way to ease this task for all its citizens. Transport for Greater Manchester is the body responsible for overseeing Greater Manchester’s complex transport system, including...
  • 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: 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: 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: The sky’s the limit as opendata weather transactions hit 555,000 per month

    The Coalition Government has made data and transparency defining themes of its agenda for this Parliament. The untapped potential in the economic value of data is a new opportunity. George Osborne announced a number of Open Data commitments in his 2011 Autumn Statement to help drive growth –...
  • Blog Post: Texas moves to the cloud with Microsoft

    We have come across some great news from our colleagues in the US which we simply had to mention on our UK Government blog! OK, it's a story from Texas but the solution and result will appeal hugely with those working in UK Government. A massive 100,000 employees have been switched to the cloud-based...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Environmental Regulation Review meeting – 19th Sept 2012, Cardinal Place, London

    Before joining Microsoft I have experienced life working for a local authority and also the Environment Agency so environmental regulations are no stranger to me. There are hundreds, nay thousands of them (including 1000 pieces of legislation, 2000 guidance documents, and 250 reporting requirements)...
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