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  • 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: 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: Well on the way to Cloud

    Half of respondents to the latest research into public sector and the Cloud feel positive towards using public cloud services for their organisation. Indeed, a majority of respondents to UKAuthority’s ‘G-Cloud, CloudStore & the future of public sector ICT’, identified Cloud benefits...
  • Blog Post: U.K. District Councils cut costs by creating a new company

    Like many public sector entities in the UK, East Lindsey and South Holland District Councils are under a mandate to generate cost reductions. In some cases, these reductions have ranged up to 35 per cent of operating costs. To address this challenge, the councils created a company called Compass Point...
  • Blog Post: Digital by Default - Councils don't have websites, they ARE websites

    " Your council used to have a website - now your council is a website " was the thought-provoking assertion by social entrepreneur and founder of mySociety Tom Steinberg at the recent SOCITM Building Perfect Council Websites 2012 event in Birmingham. Many local authorities already make extensive use...
  • 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: Smarter Government – Microsoft in Public Sector Live Meetings (Webinars)

    We are running a series of ‘Microsoft in Public Sector’ Live Meetings (webinars) that will relate the application of Microsoft technology to key ICT drivers in the public sector – saving money, innovating with ICT-enabled public services and enabling more effective and secure collaboration...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 ERP for Public Sector (Free White Paper)

    According to one recent highly-respected analyst report*, 18% of the Public Sector ICT budget of £11.5 billion is invested in software and a further 51% in related business-process and application services. Doing more with less now requires that public sector organisations modernise their workplaces...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government - London Councils share technology to achieve £11m in cashable savings

    As a leader in public sector IT, London Borough of Newham wants to improve its service delivery and digital engagement with citizens, while reducing costs. By sharing services with the neighbouring local authority of Havering , Newham is pioneering a transformation in both councils with an online portal...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Is Cloud-Computing Ready for Mission-Critical Apps?

    This is one of many thought-provoking, informative articles on a new Microsoft website on the mission-critical enterprise . It includes perspectives from a range of CIOs on the importance of business intelligence , collaboration and business applications to their operations. This site gives...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – How Medway Council uses technology to deliver self-directed social care

    In the area of social care, Medway Council is helping to lead the implementation of a national programme called Putting People First , a new model of self-directed support delivery using a technology solution, CareDirector , from Microsoft partner CareWorks . Medway Council provides social care for...
  • Blog Post: Live Meetings (Webinars) for the Public Sector (Updated Programme)

    Isn’t it ironic? One of the delights of Live Meetings is that you do not have to gather everyone in the same room and risk spreading coughs and sneezes. So far, our current series Public Sector Live Meetings (webinars) has been disrupted by presenters falling foul of bugs and viruses at the last minute...
  • Blog Post: Government Department Helps Ensure Safety of Vulnerable Groups with Case Load System

    The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) is responsible for protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults through vetting and barring those working with them. The vetting and barring takes place under three separate schemes so DCSF were running three separate IT systems, which...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Public Sector Launch Event

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 was launched in January this year and on Friday, March 7th 2008 we are holding a Public Sector-specific launch event at our offices in Reading from 10am until 2pm. The latest features, such as simplified workflow and real-time reporting, and the difference they can make...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Dynamics CRM 4.0 launch

    I've noticed how the use of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems have been growing rapidly in the public sector. Sophisticated customer management techniques are vital to support the continuing development of your service delivery. There are quite a few case studies of customers within Government...
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