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  • Blog Post: Everything fit for purpose: A new approach to device standardisation

    Microsoft’s Richard Shipton knows a thing or two about Government IT, having spent time working as a CTO in the UK government. At the recent Government Mobility conference, he told attendees that during his time in service, he began to notice a pattern. When a new employee started, they were...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: Reimagining the future of business with Kent County Council

    “The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.” -- William Gibson, author We know the next few years will bring great changes to the workplace. Technology is poised to change what work looks like – and how we’ll relate to our jobs. We also know that local...
  • 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: Have USB stick, will travel!

    One of the Windows 8 innovations which maybe hasn’t received as much attention as it should is Windows To Go – although that is quickly changing as customers start to explore the possibilities. Windows To Go allows enterprise customers to create a secure portable workspace on a USB device...
  • 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: 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: What can Windows Server 2012 do for my government organisation?

    The recent launch of Windows Server 2012 has created new ways for government organisations to manage the very heart of their IT – the programs and data in their datacentres. Wayne Meyer, Server and Tools Product Manager at Microsoft outlines its benefits. Our customers tell us that they’re...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces Surface: New Family of PCs for Windows

    In an age when flexibility, good communication and mobility is key when considering ICT provision for the government, some organisations are beginning to turn towards the regular use of tablet PCs for their daily work needs. With this in mind, the future of flexible ways of working within government...
  • 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: Cloud computing - Software as a service

    In the previous post we looked at Infrastructure (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), in this post we will look at Software As A Service or SaaS. The service provider manages everything up to and including the application itself. As a customer you get to configure the application for your use. A...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government - Flexible Workstyles (Consumerisation of IT)

    We’ve recently blogged on two topics currently close to UK Government’s heart: firstly, Annemarie Duffy wrote about how internal IT within Microsoft is embracing opportunities presented by cloud, and by the Consumerisation of IT (CoIT). Then Nick Umney posted the first in his “ Why...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Web Seminar on Secure Remote Working on July 14

    As well as improving individual productivity and reducing carbon footprint, providing the technology to enable remote working also supports government agencies and local authorities in reducing the requirement for office real estate and can deliver cashable savings. One of the concerns of many organisations...
  • Blog Post: The Micawber Principle of Public Sector Budgeting

    Wilkins Micawber is a fictional character from Charles Dickens’ 1850 novel David Copperfield. His name has become synonymous with someone who lives in hopeful expectation. This has formed the basis for the Micawber Principle, based upon his observation " Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure...
  • Blog Post: The Hybrid Organisation – the Public Sector in the New Economy

    “The biggest barrier to change is management attitude. Organisational challenges in the 21st Century will be easier to meet if leaders in the public and private sector understand the barrier that attitudes can become to progress.” A challenging assertion from some new idea-stimulating and...
  • Blog Post: Winter colds and flu – another business reason to encourage flexible and mobile working

    My thanks to my colleague, Ray Fleming, in the Microsoft Education team for keeping us posted on the latest news from the Microsoft IT Forum in Barcelona this week. While Ray has been working hard in the Spanish sunshine, the reality of winter has begun to set in this week in the UK. Short days, long...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Flexible & Mobile Working Benefits Guide

    There's a big interest within Government around the potential to have many more of their employees working in a more flexible and mobile way. This can offer a number of benefits including reducing unnecessary trips into the office just to pick up paperwork, improving staff safety through automated alerts...
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