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  • Blog Post: The how of the cloud: Some FAQs on tackling cloud projects

    Do you have some questions about your organisation's cloud journey? These answers might help. If I'm thinking of driving my public sector organisation towards using the cloud, where do I start? Select some small projects, identify low hanging fruit and do some trialling, generate proof of concepts...
  • Blog Post: The compelling case for Windows 8

    In this section of our three-part series on Microsoft’s recent Executive Briefing event, Tim Cozze-Young reports the highlights of a presentation about the benefits of Windows 8 and describes how BT, an early adopter, is using it to empower its engineers. One of the standout themes of the Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Council boosts collaboration and customer service with business management software

    Plymouth City Council is facing a big social challenge - a 16-year life expectancy gap between the east and west of the city. Addressing this issue requires all services - including social and health care, policing, and housing - to work closely together. To achieve this, the council needs to update...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Be on cloud nine with Office 365 trial

    With the G-Cloud framework now in place and many public sector bodies looking seriously at moving email, collaboration and other workloads to the cloud, now is the perfect time to trial Office 365. To make it easier for you to get started, Microsoft has teamed up with a select group of specialist...
  • Blog Post: More info about Microsoft and the Government's G-Cloud Framework

    CloudStore | Office 365 | Windows Azure | Dynamics CRM Online | Microsoft Consulting Services Microsoft is starting to get lots of enquiries about our cloud services on the G-Cloud CloudStore, and so are our cloud SME partners too! As you may have heard Microsoft has been successfully appointed...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing - Infrastructure v platform (as a service)

    In this post we will compare and contrast 'Infrastructure and platform as a service' delivered from public cloud. Infrastructure as a Service delivers raw compute power in the form of virtual machines. Organisations can go to an IaaS provider and request a number of virtual machines, say a hundred...
  • 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: Microsoft appointed to Government’s ‘G-Cloud’ Framework

    Microsoft has today been appointed to the Government Procurement Services’ ‘G-Cloud’ Framework following the completion of the formal bid process. The business has been successfully appointed on all four Lots: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS as well as cloud consulting services. In addition, a number...
  • Blog Post: Don’t miss the 6th Government Solutions Forum

    During the coming weeks, we will be devoting some space on our UK Gov Blog to information about the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum (GSF), taking place at Microsoft in London this April. Today, our colleague Per Bendix Olsen - Worldwide Public Sector EMEA Partner Lead, introduces this year's GSF...
  • Blog Post: Government Gateway: A model for e-government service (plus events for your diary)

    Whilst the concept of online transactions is now a mainstream activity for most consumer organisations, designing and building this type of online service in government presents unique challenges. Unlike online banks, or eBay or Amazon, an online government transaction platform has to be designed with...
  • Blog Post: Citizen Services – How London Borough of Brent Achieved Government Connect Compliance and Saved £459,000

    The current media coverage on budget reductions would suggest that cost-saving and efficiency are new concepts to the public sector. Nothing could be further from the truth as all public sector organisations are constantly striving for cost-efficiencies and innovative ways to improve the delivery of...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting (Webcast): Information Governance in the Public Sector (Friday March 20th)

    The next Live Meeting in our series on how you can optimise the use of Microsoft technology to improve the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of Public Sector ICT will focus on information governance and assurance . This Live Meeting explores the Microsoft technologies that enable Public Sector...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting (Webcast): Microsoft and Government Connect - Friday January 23rd

    The first in our new series of Microsoft Live Meetings for the Public Sector will provide you with information and guidance on how Microsoft can help local authorities and central Government departments prepare for Government Connect (GC). During this Live Meeting we shall provide practical guidance...
  • Blog Post: Economy, Efficiency, Effectiveness in the Public Sector

    We are running a series of Live Meetings (webcasts) during January – April 2009 to provide an insight into how Public Sector organisations can achieve greater value from their investment in Microsoft technology. The Live Meeting series covers seven areas where Microsoft technology can help Public Sector...
  • Blog Post: The information leak tsunami – personal details of 280 million people lost

    According to KPMG’s first Data Loss Barometer 280m people worldwide have lost personal details over the last three years, with almost a fifth (19%) of data loss incidents linked to government organisations. The fact is everyone who shares personal information online must expect to be a victim of data...
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