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  • Blog Post: What are the essential steps to deploying new technology in the public sector?

    I was on Twitter the other day and saw this slide from a Public Sector ICT conference outlining what one presenter said were the 10 steps to successful ICT deployment. It’s an important concept, as there’s real value in having a checklist to work from when deploying new technology. My list...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft exhibiting at Security & Policing – March 10th-12th, Farnborough

    The Home Office Security & Policing event comes to Farnborough between March 10th-12th, providing a platform for professionals from the UK and across the world to engage with the very highest level of security expertise and personnel. With an attendee list drawn from police, law enforcement, security...
  • Blog Post: UK public sector working as a network: How to transform with enterprise social

    Join us for morning inspiration with an afternoon Unconference. Meet and learn from a network of like minded public sector colleagues from across Local and Central Government. Together we'll explore how Enterprise Social is helping transform the Civil Service and the delivery of public services. As...
  • Blog Post: Responsive government: Changing the flow of information to transform your organisation

    Everyone at your office is working unpaid overtime. You’ve stretched your budget as thin as a sheet. And you’re still looking around for ways to do more with a shrinking pool of resources. Sound familiar? Government offices all over the UK face the same pressures. The offices that are succeeding...
  • Blog Post: Event: Learn to deliver great customer experience for public sector in a ‘digital by default’ world

    Embracing a ‘digital by default’ approach to citizen services can help public sector organisations cut costs – but it comes with a catch. To realise those savings, you have to convince citizens to opt for digital services by offering them a great customer experience that trumps anything...
  • Blog Post: Is your organisation’s IT “people-centric”?

    Sometimes it feels like IT departments went from being the most impersonal part of a business to the most personal in a blink of an eye. The IT of yesteryear was all about standardization, control and managing expensive corporate assets. And so IT departments evolved to deliver those things. But now...
  • 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: Cloud Computing – Free Seminars on Private Cloud for Local Government

    Together with the Microsoft partner, Risual , we are holding two events for our local government customers on the practicalities and benefits of private cloud solutions on July 4th at Staffordshire County Council and July 5th at the Microsoft Customer Centre in London. At the July 4th event in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Day for Developers – June 22nd 2012, London

    Windows Azure, Windows 8, Devices and Open Source - The Microsoft Cloud Day on June 22 nd at the Vue Cinema in Fulham, London is a free conference for public sector developers where you can find out more about the latest innovations in Microsoft technology for the cloud and open source. If you are...
  • Blog Post: Highlights from #bluelightcamp

    This weekend in Manchester, the Blue Light Camp unconference took place and was reported to have been very a unique and refreshing day. The emergency services event was the brain child of Sasha Taylor , Paul Coxon and David White and provided a fantastic networking opportunity for those interested in...
  • Blog Post: Join us at an App Compat Session near you!

    We are thrilled to extend the invitation to you to attend our series of App Compat Sessions! Microsoft have teamed up with Camwood , Citrix Systems and Quest Software , all application compatibility experts, to help show you the range of solutions available to help you overcome App Compat road blocks...
  • 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: Unlock the value of business information – FREE research report and webcast

    Whether you call it business intelligence or performance management, the challenge remains the same – how can public sector organisations more effectively unlock the business value of the information they have on their systems? Microsoft recently conducted research across a number of Public...
  • 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: Unlock the business value of information – Free webinar with the Register

    Information is one of the most important assets of public sector organisations. Unlocking the value of information and making it available for citizens, regulators and management whilst avoiding any data privacy issues is a constant challenge. Microsoft and The Register have recently commissioned...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency - fall in love with your browser this Valentine's Day!

    Love it or hate it, it's that time of year again when the world goes all lovey-dubby. Valentine's Day is upon us and it's a time for reminding that special someone in your life how much you love them. Some would say a love for tech (or in this case software), can almost rival love for another human being...
  • 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: Cloud Computing – Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud

    The recent flurry of activity associated with the Government Procurement Service tender for G-Cloud Services affirms that cloud computing is very much a priority within the Government’s ICT strategy . Cloud computing can accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and increase business agility. We...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government - SOCITM 2011 Further Reflections and What's Next?

    Last week the Microsoft UK Government team travelled to Birmingham’s NEC to take part in SOCITM 2011 . Celebrating 25 years service, the conference focused on collaboration, innovation and re-design in government services. We took part in the roundtable discussion on the Channel Shift strategy...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government - Microsoft at SOCITM 2011 - Day 2 Reflections

    The two-day SOCITM conference resumed this morning at the NEC with a schedule of plenary sessions, roundtables and demonstrations in the exhibition hall packed full of council CIOs, CTOs and CFOs. The first speaker on day was Andy Burns from Staffordshire County Council, with a presentation titled...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – Microsoft System Center 2012 Launch Roadshows Update

    I first brought your attention to the series of Microsoft System Center 2012 regional launch roadshow events in an earlier blog posting . Demand is proving to be very high for these events and we have just added a new date to the series for Edinburgh on Tuesday February 28th 2012. Microsoft provides...
  • 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: Cloud Computing – SQL Server 2012 Cloud Ready Information Platform – Free Licensing Webinars

    SQL Server 2012 is a significant product release, providing Mission Critical Confidence with greater uptime, fast performance and enhanced security features for mission critical workloads; Breakthrough Insight with managed self-service data exploration and interactive data visualisation capabilities;...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Summit – November 30th

    The Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Summit is your opportunity to find out about all the latest developments in Microsoft’s systems management suite of technologies. It is taking place on November 30th and, as it is an online event, you can attend from the comfort of your own office. ...
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