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  • Blog Post: Infographic: Telling the final chapter of the Windows XP story

    It’s almost time to say goodbye to Windows XP – the longest-supported operating system in Microsoft history. It’s never easy to say goodbye to an old friend -- and XP now more than 12 years old. But the world has changed since 2001 and today’s IT environment is filled with challenges...
  • Blog Post: The MOD has an ace up its sleeve in the battle against lost productivity

    Is there anything more frustrating than an unexpected technology failure at work? You were flying along, being as productive as you have ever been and then there is a system failure. Suddenly, you don’t have access to the one tool you need to do your job. Typical, really. You might as well go and...
  • 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: Protecting citizens from cybercrime amid growing technology access

    As UK citizens increasingly carry out their lives online — from maintaining social networks to making purchases to running businesses — unfortunately, many are also falling victim to cybercrime. And, it comes at a great cost. In fact, one recent report estimated that the total cost of cybercrime...
  • 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: 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: Operational Efficiency - fall in love with your browser this Valentine's Day!

    Love it or hate it, it's that time of year again when the world goes all lovey-dubby. Valentine's Day is upon us and it's a time for reminding that special someone in your life how much you love them. Some would say a love for tech (or in this case software), can almost rival love for another human being...
  • Blog Post: Day two at ukgovcamp 2012

    We’ve been attending UK GovCamp , an ‘unconference’ that aims to bring together public sector professionals to discuss best practice use of technology. The event lasts 2 days, read our day one wrap-up post to see what happened yesterday. As with yesterday and in the true ‘unconferencing’...
  • Blog Post: Government Gateway: A model for e-government service (plus events for your diary)

    Whilst the concept of online transactions is now a mainstream activity for most consumer organisations, designing and building this type of online service in government presents unique challenges. Unlike online banks, or eBay or Amazon, an online government transaction platform has to be designed with...
  • Blog Post: Cloud powered forms reap benefits for councils

    When it comes to interacting with government agencies, I am sure many of us think of stacks of complex, multi-page forms asking for information on all sorts of aspects of our lives. IEG 4 , an innovative company based in the UK, is making this a thing of the past for local authorities. Through the use...
  • Blog Post: What’s next for wireless broadband?

    Recently, at the ITU Telecom World 2011 in Geneva, Microsoft, along with several partners including Neul , the University of Strathclyde , Steepest Ascent , and Inveneo , demonstrated innovative new wireless technology. Described as “Super Wi-Fi” by some, it shows how unused TV and other...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Transport for London manages 2.3 million website hits a day with Windows Azure

    Transport for London (TfL), the integrated transport organisation responsible for the United Kingdom’s capital city, wanted to give its customers more real-time data about journey options. By encouraging developers to use TfL data to create new applications for commuters, the transport operator...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – Nationwide Building Society improves payment processing from three days to real-time

    One of the basic principles of good business is ‘cash-flow is king’. Nothing is more frustrating than knowing you have funds but cannot gain access to them because the funds are being processed or have not yet cleared for payment. This is as much an issue in the public sector as the commercial...
  • Blog Post: Wakefield Council saves over £4m while cutting carbon emissions

    Saving money and being 'green' are issues at the top of most government department's agendas and Wakefield Metropolitan District Council has achieved both these things while also providing more flexible working and improved working environments, and enabling better collaboration. Wakefield's WorkSmart...
  • Blog Post: Why services are the most important part of any IT investment

    Did you know that 78% of IT spend in the Public Sector goes on services ? We all tend to focus on the hardware (8%) and the software (5%). Important though both these elements are to an overall IT solution, getting the right quality of professional services is vital to the overall success of any IT project...
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