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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: What the 10 strangest questions put to local councils teach us about government communication

    It's no secret that citizens ask a lot of their government -- but some questions are trickier to answer than others. "Do you know where I could get an old bath that I could fill with custard?" Most people would have no idea what to say to that -- but the London Borough of Sutton had to give it...
  • Blog Post: Tube Lines empowers staff with mobile computing, improves service

    First responder teams at Tube Lines work all day, every day, to ensure safe and timely travel on the London Underground. Tube Lines is re-architecting an iPad app to run as a touch-enabled app on Windows 8 tablets. With emergency data at their fingertips, responders work faster to protect passengers...
  • Blog Post: Digital by design – users, users, users are the top three priorities

    Previous blog postings on the ‘Government Reimagined – The Evidence’ panel session at Civil Service Live last week have focused on examples of transformation in local authorities and a government agency. In this post, we shall share some of the observations from the ‘agent of...
  • Blog Post: Digital by Default: The curious incident of the dog in the night time

    At Civil Service Live in London last week, Microsoft ran a panel session on ‘Government Reimagined – The Evidence’. One of the memorable anecdotes from the panel discussion relates to the curious incident of the dog in the night… Geoff Connell, CIO of the London Boroughs of...
  • Blog Post: Discover the future of a digital Civil Service at Civil Service Live 2013

    On Tuesday and Wednesday the Microsoft Public Sector team will be at Civil Service Live 2013 in London with a whole host of partners and solutions to demonstrate the real life benefits of IT innovation. This year’s theme is ‘Be Exceptional’ with the intent of cross-government collaboration...
  • Blog Post: Civil Service Live 2013. Government Reimagined – the evidence

    Civil Service Live 2013 - Wednesday July 3 rd , 11:00AM Conference Room 3 – Olympia Conference Centre, London Microsoft is hosting a lively panel discussion at Civil Service Live next week that will feature leaders from across local and central Government that have successfully delivered...
  • Blog Post: Bringing to life new technology in the working environment

    As you may have read on our blog last week, Microsoft will have a significant presence at this year’s Civil Service Live event in London – 2-3 rd July. We will be there alongside Esri , Government departments and SME partners on our ‘Understanding our World’ hub. Here is a...
  • Blog Post: See Government Data Brought to Life at Civil Service Live

    Are you coming to Civil Service Live (CSL) this year? We’re really looking forward to being there alongside some Government departments and SME partners – and here are a few snippets to entice you along! Registration is free for civil servants (obviously!) and the wider public sector, and...
  • Blog Post: 'Digital by Default' - Microsoft Dynamics CRM event for Central Government - 3rd May

    Please join us at our Digital by Default' Central Government event taking place on 3 May at our London Victoria offices. Rural Payments Agency will talk about their experience and benefits of using Dynamics CRM. Two of our SME partners will be presenting their tailored solutions built on the Dynamics...
  • Blog Post: City of London improves customer satisfaction while sharing best practise with the SLG

    The City of London is an ancient organisation using modern technology to deliver services to a large and complex range of constituents that includes local residents, visitors, small businesses, international corporations, embassies, and over 300,000 daily commuters. Previously, the city had no unified...
  • Blog Post: Inspire your IT pros at our new, free creative space!

    During this current period of huge change and added financial pressures, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Government organisations are in a growth lock down. But, as many of us know, this adversity has seemed to fuel a fresh wave of IT innovation - fuelled by elements such as the cloud and social...
  • Blog Post: CIO Summit - here we come!

    CIO Summit 2012 will be taking place tomorrow and we will be keeping an eye on what is taking place across our Twitter feed and our blog. Now in its third year, the CIO Summit tackles the business, technology and leadership issues facing senior IT leaders today, providing expert advice from industry...
  • Blog Post: The Shared Learning Group is now in the Clouds

    The SLG (Shared Learning Group) consists of 3 London Boroughs, 3 city councils, 2 county councils, 2 Metropolitan Councils and an independent state government all working in collaboration with Microsoft to share best practice and knowledge. Members seek to improve citizen experiences of councils through...
  • Blog Post: Just in time for Olympics, London’s Tube Lines improves efficiency

    As many government organisations around the world face daunting budget restrictions, some are finding creative ways to cut their existing costs, while continuing to provide excellent service to the public. These tactics include everything from migrating applications to a cloud environment to engaging...
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