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  • 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: 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: 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: Windows Azure’s contribution to UK government Open Data

    The forecast for Open Data content is looking extremely bright following a decision by the government to release Met Office UK weather information to the public. We at Microsoft are supporting the initiative with our Windows Azure platform via Marketplace. This effectively unlocks daily and hourly...
  • 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: 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: Data Management – 9th SQLBits Conference in Liverpool in September

    SQLBits is a very active user community for users of Microsoft SQL Server . It is an independent organisation that aims to assist all SQL Servers users to get the most out of their investment in SQL Server as a data management and business intelligence platform. The 9th SQLBits user conference is now...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence – 7th SQLBits Conference at University of York in September

    SQLBits is a very active user community for users of Microsoft SQL Server . It is an independent organisation that aims to assist all SQL Servers users to get the most out of their investment in SQL Server as a data management and business intelligence platform. The 7th SQLBits user conference is now...
  • Blog Post: Ed The Fed says "Stay safe out there"

    I have a colleague, Ed, who’s a legend around here. He’s the Microsoft UK Chief Security Advisor. That’s a bit of a mouthful, which is why we call him “Ed the Fed”, because of his career history – which obviously makes him an ideal person to ask about security. ( I was going to share a picture of the...
  • Blog Post: IT Forum: SQL Server 2008

    Yes, I know you might still think of SQL 2005 as a new product, but SQL 2008 is nearly with us and there are many reasons why people are looking to upgrade.  There was a useful session at IT Forum which looked at the release of SQL 2008, and explored the new facilities that it will provide. In a...
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