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  • Blog Post: Microsoft City Next: How UK local governments are turning to citizens to help clean up their streets

    Local governments across the UK are being told they need to do more with less. But to get the kind of results they’re after, local authorities can’t just go on squeezing additional efficiency out of business-as-usual – they need to do new with less instead. They have to truly transform...
  • 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: Worldwide Government Solutions Forum 2012 - Government Digital Services

    The demands that governments are facing from their citizens and workers are changing and it has become crucial for governments to look for new technologies as a catalyst to help them overcome these hurdles with fewer resources. Turning to Cloud computing services can make it dramatically easier and...
  • 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: Smarter Government – Windows Azure drives innovative use of open data

    Open data is driving both innovative applications and the practical use of cloud computing. A colleague has just brought me up to speed on how a variety of public sector organisations are using Windows Azure to enable citizen connection, the provisioning of open data and Government-as-a-Service applications...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Microsoft on Government Worldwide Blog

    There is a new blog in the Microsoft portfolio of Public Sector blogs that I’d like to bring to your attention. It is a worldwide blog called Microsoft on Government that contains fascinating examples from across the globe on how public sector organisations are using ICT to innovate and improve...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Keeping the streets clean with Windows Phone 7

    LoveCleanStreets is an award winning free online portal that helps people who live or work in London to upload photographs of community problems that require action by the local authority. The system—pioneered by the London Borough of Lewisham with Microsoft partner bbits —gives citizens...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing in Government – Happening Now in Norway, Spain and UK

    Cloud computing offers a number of ways for public sector organisations to reduce costs, improve efficiency and communicate better. Citizens want more involvement in how public information is used and the cloud can give them that. The innovative use of cloud computing to connect providers of public services...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency: Only 13% of citizen contact is currently online

    “In an age when 96% of all 25-34 years olds are internet users, just 13% of our contact with citizens is currently carried out online. We have to start looking at ways we can improve the way we communicate with citizens. But, we also need to do it in a more cost-effective way than has been tried...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government - Technology increases councils' productivity by £230m a year

    As a software company you could argue that Microsoft would say that technology saves money. On this occasion it is the Local Government Association saying it in their report on the value of geospatial information in the delivery of public services. Putting it more simply, the report clearly demonstrates...
  • Blog Post: Love Clean Streets – Tackling Environmental Crimes in 33 London Boroughs

    Live in London*? Got a Windows Phone or an iPhone? Want to report an environmental problem in your borough for prompt action? You need to download the app for Love Clean Streets . LoveCleanStreets is an award winning free online portal that helps people who live or work in any of London’s 33...
  • Blog Post: Innovate08 - Local Authority Challenge

    Microsoft and Local Government Chronicle have been running a competition, Innovate08, over the last couple of months to identify projects that have the potential to make a difference to local communities and can be enabled by technology. The four finalists will be coming along to the Innovate08 Day...
  • 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...
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