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  • Blog Post: How the cloud is future-proofing IT at the UK Supreme Court

    When the UK Supreme Court began operating in 2009, it inherited an IT infrastructure from the Ministry of Justice that simply didn’t meet the new court’s needs. The Ministry of Justice employs 80,000 people and its IT wasn’t able to deliver the flexibility, reporting capability and...
  • Blog Post: Learn the 5 keys to managing a successful public sector IT overhaul

    When the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom became operational in 2009, it faced a lot of challenges, including the existing IT provisioned by the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry is a much larger organisation with fundamentally different IT needs. The new Supreme Court needed an agile, cost-effective...
  • Blog Post: It turns out mobile working isn’t just convenient – it’s a cost-saver too

    It’s easy to fall into the trap of treating the IT department like the A&E at the local Hospital – you only pay it any mind when something’s gone wrong. That’s the position West Sussex County Council found itself in for years, as aging infrastructure hampered staff capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: What does Big Data mean for the future of cities?

    Transformation is a major theme of Microsoft CityNext . To meet the unique challenges faced by urban areas, local governments must find new and better ways of doing business, instead of trying to simply do the same old thing a little bit better. But it’s one thing to say cities will need to...
  • Blog Post: How 3 Welsh police forces are increasing collaboration and cutting costs at the same time

    The challenges facing police forces in Wales will sound familiar to anyone working in UK government: Find a way to cut costs, but do it in a way that improves service delivery. It’s a challenge that requires some radical thinking, and it inspired some officials in Wales to find ways to work together...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 is live: Here’s why it matters for the public sector

    After weeks of anticipation, Windows 8.1 rolled out around the world this week. The update offers a variety of improvements to the Windows 8 experience. But does the update really matter for users in the public sector? You bet! The list of changes in Windows 8.1 is long, but here are the 3 big changes...
  • 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: 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: 3 keys to successfully embracing ‘digital by default’

    There’s no hotter buzzword in all of government IT than ‘digital by default.’ By this point, everyone knows it is much more efficient for government offices to offer services to citizens online, rather than by phone, by post or in person. Moving government services online is set to...
  • Blog Post: What does the latest CESG devices security guidance mean for you?

    CESG issued its latest End User Devices Security and Configuration Guidance on the 14th of October. The new document is a radical departure from past iterations in some respects. So what do you need to know about the new guidance? Shorter, simpler guidance: In the past, the CESG would release Government...
  • 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: The call that’s going to save the Scottish Borders Council £1 million

    Cutting a £1 million from an organisation’s budget over the course of three years is no mean feat. Those kinds of savings usually come with a hefty cost – fewer staff, shuttered programs, lost resources, etc. But sometimes it can come from replacing an old, inefficient system –...
  • Blog Post: Week in government tech: Wireless Internet access comes to the A14 via 'white space' pilot

    Remember how people used to talk about the Internet as an 'information superhighway' back in the early 1990s? Well that metaphor is coming to life on the A14 between Felixstowe and Cambridge , where wireless Internet access is being deployed. The service isn't just meant to a perk for commuters or a...
  • Blog Post: Week in government tech: Report highlights the hidden costs of legacy IT systems

    The government is increasingly embracing digital to deliver services and interact with citizens -- but it's IT infrastructure may not be able to handle the shift according to the report from the National Audit Office . The NAO found that even government organisations with recently acquired assets may...
  • Blog Post: Week in government tech: SMEs take more than 50% of G-Cloud sales; experts predict cybersecurity crisis

    Top story: The Cabinet Office says it is making progress toward its initial goal of having small-and-medium-sized enterprises command one-fourth of all central government contracts by 2015, leading to it increase that goal to 50% . The report finds 83% of G-Cloud iii suppliers are SMEs, and that the...
  • Blog Post: Wiltshire Council cuts costs and boosts productivity by migrating 4,500 staff to cloud computing

    Wiltshire Council wanted to continue its IT transformation strategy by embracing cloud-based computing. The council is the first in the UK to complete an enterprise-wide implementation of Microsoft Office 365 for all employees. Since 2009, it has cut IT spending from around £20 million to just...
  • Blog Post: Social Tools in the Workplace

    Microsoft research released on 27th May reports that almost half of employees believe that social tools used in the workplace aid their productivity but interestingly, more than 30 percent of companies underestimate the value of these tools and therefore place restrictions upon their use by employees...
  • Blog Post: Re-imagining Work: Shifts in the Digital Revolution

    Dave Coplin , Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, imagines what might be possible if organisations really began to think differently about the power of technological and social change to transform the way we do business.
  • Blog Post: Huge inspiration at NextGenSkills – Birmingham

    Following our fantastic digital skills event in Glasgow, we attended #NextGenSkills Birmingham Re-worked yesterday at Millennium Point, Birmingham. Working with Birmingham City Council and Digital Birmingham , the aim of this event was to invest in Birmingham’s younger generation to create a...
  • Blog Post: Metropolitan Police turn to Office 365 for Olympic support

    The Metropolitan Police Service in London required easily accessible email for extra police officers during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To avoid costly capital expenditure on its existing infrastructure, the Met wanted to quickly provision these users and then remove the service when no longer...
  • 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: Private Cloud Nine - CIO roundtable news

    Cliff Evans, Private Cloud Lead at Microsoft UK, attended a recent CIO roundtable to discuss the role that private cloud can play in large organisations and the opportunities and challenges it presents for IT leaders. Everyone talks about the cloud but, really, there are several types of cloud. Most...
  • Blog Post: A New Year's resolution: smarter cities in 2013

    From our Worldwide Government blog... As 2012 comes to a close and we look toward 2013, many of us will make New Year's resolutions to invite change and improvement into our lives. In the spirit of the New Year, today I'd like to reflect upon ways that governments are working to improve the communities...
  • Blog Post: Replace expensive legacy database platforms - January customer roundtable

    Save money, improve manageability, increase performance Microsoft Customer Roundtable - January 23 rd , London Hear how Transport for London and Hampshire County Council migrated business-critical database platforms from Oracle to SQL Server, find out which services and tools can help you, and talk...
  • Blog Post: What G-Cloud and the CloudStore means for the public sector

    Why does the public sector need cloud? What is the CloudStore and is the cloud one way to overcome the age of austerity? Two of our Microsoft cloud experts help answer those questions and more in our double cloud whammy with Daniel Batts, head of business development for the public sector and Mark Ferrar...
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