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  • Blog Post: 2014 – The year Microsoft achieved carbon neutrality

    The concept of carbon neutrality as a realistic business objective was only dreamed up in the late 90’s. Hardly surprising then that so few global businesses have so far reached this ambitious target. Nevertheless, in 2014, less than two years after committing to the principle, Microsoft is now...
  • Blog Post: Bringing to life new technology in the working environment

    As you may have read on our blog last week, Microsoft will have a significant presence at this year’s Civil Service Live event in London – 2-3 rd July. We will be there alongside Esri , Government departments and SME partners on our ‘Understanding our World’ hub. Here is a...
  • 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)...
  • Blog Post: Going carbon neutral and putting an internal price on carbon

    Microsoft believes in the importance of environmental sustainability and in organizations doing their part to reduce their carbon footprints around the world. In fact, we recently participated in Rio+20 , the United Nations’ conference on sustainable development that brings together world leaders...
  • Blog Post: New FloodAlerts website goes live!

    We bring you quite a short blog posting today but one that is none the less important - a new FloodAlerts website . With all the very heavy rain expected over the coming hours and days (while the summer goes AWOL), a brand new FloodAlerts website has been launched by Microsoft partner Shoothill. Based...
  • Blog Post: Free online meeting and demo of Office 365 for UK charities

    If you work in one of the many marvellous charities spread throughout the UK, you might be looking into ways of communicating effectively. Great communication to the public is something so essential for charities but how is your communication within your organisation? Is there room for improvement...
  • 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: 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: Making cities energy smart

    Today cities are home to more than half of the world’s population, and will be home to nearly 70 percent by 2050. This shift is putting tremendous pressure on cities across the globe as they prepare to support skyrocketing populations. Making cities more energy smart is a critical step in meeting...
  • 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: What’s next for wireless broadband?

    Recently, at the ITU Telecom World 2011 in Geneva, Microsoft, along with several partners including Neul , the University of Strathclyde , Steepest Ascent , and Inveneo , demonstrated innovative new wireless technology. Described as “Super Wi-Fi” by some, it shows how unused TV and other...
  • 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 – 200 services and 1 billion users in 70 countries

    Cloud computing requires a significant investment in secure, environmentally friendly datacentre facilities. Precisely how much of an investment becomes clear when you watch a video such as this explanation of Microsoft’s cloud datacentre infrastructure from Global Foundation Services : Global...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Saves Money and Improves Efficiency with Hyper-V

    Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service is the largest in Scotland, protecting more than half the population. It has nine area headquarters managing a total of 111 community fire stations. The service needed to reduce operating costs and reinforce its green credentials by virtualising servers. Bandwidth...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing - Economics of the Cloud for the Public Sector (FREE White Paper)

    Computing is undergoing a seismic shift from client/server-based systems to the cloud, a shift similar in importance and impact to the transition from the mainframe to client/server. At the same time, global economic conditions and public sector fiscal constraints require more cost-efficient use of resources...
  • Blog Post: Environmental Sustainability – Windows 7 uses 30% less energy than XP

    “ IT accounts for somewhere between three and five per cent of global carbon emissions and when you consider that there are a billion Windows PCs around the world, we have the ability to deliver substantial carbon savings ." Not my words but those of Darren Strange, Head of Sustainability at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Environmental Sustainability – Cheshire Fire & Rescue cuts ICT carbon emissions by 36 tonnes

    Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service responds to emergency incidents in the county of Cheshire. It also provides community safety advice, which reduces risks at home, in the workplace, and out of doors. The Service has implemented a new disaster recovery strategy to help the organisation comply with the...
  • Blog Post: Environmental Sustainability - Saving money by effective power management

    One of the hidden costs of ICT in the public sector is the power usage of the equipment you’ve got distributed around your whole organisation. I call it hidden because it is often not visible to the IT team, and the full energy costs of all of your servers and computers are simply part of your...
  • Blog Post: Cows, computers and carbon

    I admit that we are as guilty as any commentator on ‘green issues’ of quoting statistics such as how IT contributes 2% of the world’s carbon emissions ( but can contribute to saving 10x the emissions it generates by driving greater operational efficiencies and reducing unnecessary travel through flexible...
  • Blog Post: Greening Government ICT – Efficient, Sustainable, Responsible

    “No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little”. I am sure that the Irish philosopher and politician Edmund Burke (1729-1797) did not have the UK Government’s Green IT Agenda in mind when he articulated this thought. However I think the ethos of his observation...
  • Blog Post: The new Microsoft Environment site

    With sustainability and improved environmental performance being two of the hottest topics around today, I recently posted a blog about how Wakefield Council are changing their working practices in order to reduce their carbon footprint . In keeping with the 'green' theme, I thought you might be interested...
  • Blog Post: Public Sector Mobile and Flexible Working Award Winners 2007

    I've just got back from a very splendid lunch at Wembley Stadium where we held our first 'do' to hand out the People Moving Business Awards. Our UK MD Gordon Frazer and Stephen Timms, Minister for Competitiveness in DBERR were also in attendance and did the official speeches for the occasion. I'm...
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