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  • Blog Post: G-Cloud and the future of public sector ICT

    A recent ground-breaking ITU Live virtual round table featured Microsoft's National Technology Officer Mark Ferrar, new G-Cloud Programme Director Denise McDonagh, Hampshire's CIO Jos Creese and IEG4 MD Paul Tomlinson. Sponsored by Microsoft, this lively debate explored how Cloud - specifically the...
  • 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: 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 – Identity Management with Forefront Identity Manager (Webinar)

    Public sector organisations are seeking new ways to reduce the complexity of managing and securing users, devices, and corporate assets. The need to give the right people the right access to the right information is a challenge that public sector organisations need to address. The increased proliferation...
  • Blog Post: Information Security – Free Webinar on Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (September 28th)

    The Information Commissioner (ICO) is increasingly proactive in publicising organisations that are in serious breach of data protection and privacy and can now levy fines of up to £500,000 for each serious breach of data protection. The news section of the ICO website identifies a variety of public...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – When Telecoms and IT Collide (FREE Webcast with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue)

    I posted an entry recently about West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and their innovative use of SharePoint as a digital hub for collaboration. They have also been busy unifying their communications strategy to improve communications and collaboration. Darren Stone from the Fire Service will be on the panel...
  • Blog Post: Live Meetings - No Need to Miss the Unmissable

    Although I can offer neither the sophistication of BBC iPlayer nor the richness of iPlayer's content, I can offer you the opportunity to experience the recent Live Meetings for our public sector customers on Windows 7 and Identity Management delivered by Microsoft subject matter experts and our partners...
  • Blog Post: Secure Identity Management – Live Meeting (Webinar) on June 11th

    All public sector organisations take security seriously. Protecting sensitive information and ensuring access only for authorised users are important safeguards. However, effective security and identity management can create cumbersome overheads for public sector organisations to manage. Our next...
  • Blog Post: Join ChangeBASE and Microsoft for a Live Meeting on Windows 7 Application Compatibility and Migration

    This is to remind you that we are continuing our current series of Live Meetings (webinars) together with Microsoft business partners that will demonstrate how new technology can deliver genuine cost-savings and improve the efficiency of public service delivery. Our next Live Meeting in this series...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting (Webinar): Mapping Solutions with Bing Maps on February 26th

    The next Live Meeting in our regular series for our public sector customers is on Friday February 26 th 2010 from 12:00-13:00 . The topic for this Live Meeting is Mapping Solutions with Microsoft Bing Maps. In this Live Meeting Microsoft and partner ( CADline ) experts will examine GIS and mapping...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting (Webinar): Microsoft Exchange 2010 on Friday February 5th

    The recent ‘snow events’ have demonstrated the value of using Unified Communications to keep organisations running and people productive while there is mayhem on all forms of transport. I am not forecasting any more significant disruption imminently with more snow falls. I’ll leave weather forecasting...
  • Blog Post: Weather, work and webinars

    The nation continues to be in the grip of a big freeze and the imminent threat of more heavy snowfalls. As this makes journeys hazardous and much longer than normal, it seems now is the perfect opportunity to talk about webinars (or Live Meetings as we call the technology in Microsoft). We do run...
  • 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: Integrated Case Management for Local Authorities - Tuesday July 1st

    Here’s a date for your calendar on a new case management solution for local authorities. We are running a Live Meeting (webcast) on Tuesday July 1st from 10-11am on Integrated Case Management for Local Authorities. Our partner, Tubedale , will be demonstrating their solution for responding more efficiently...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting - Secure collaboration in the Public Sector - 10am Tuesday 11th March

    The next Microsoft Live Meeting for the Public Sector will be Secure Collaboration with Microsoft Office Groove and it will take place on Tuesday March 11 th from 10-11AM. You can find out more about: The new world of work and the evolution of organisations to being less centralised and more...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting - Virtualisation in the Public Sector - Tuesday February 12th

    If you attended last month’s Live Meeting, I hope you enjoyed it and I'm sure you join me in extending many thanks to Bill Orme for his informative presentation. This month's session will be on Virtualisation - currently a hot topic here at Microsoft that we're looking forward to sharing with you - and...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting on Secure Mobile and Remote Working - Tuesday January 15th, 2008 - 10.00 - 11.00

    I hope everybody had an enjoyable break over the festive period. Our regular Live Meetings are continuing this year and the first one, Secure Mobile and Remote Working , is on Tuesday January 15 th from 10.00-11.00. Throughout the Public Sector, organisations are looking to increase their productivity...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting on Building the Dynamic Data Centre – Tuesday November 6th

    The next Microsoft Live Meeting for the Public Sector, on the topic of Building the Dynamic Data Centre, takes place on Tuesday November 6 th from 10:00 – 11:00 . With a large amount of data centre consolidation taking place within local and regional government, and an increased focus on infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: What Was I Looking For (WWILF)?

    WWILFing is a technology phenomenon most of us are familiar with when sitting in front of our computer screens. That dreaded moment when you ask yourself – what was I looking for ? We cannot pretend that Microsoft has invented a cure for WWILFing but we are developing very powerful solutions for searching...
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