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  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s mobility platform means business

    This post is by John Delaney, Associate Vice President, European Mobility, IDC. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella recently said that the company is to evolve towards a mobile first, cloud first world of business. In this world, mobile and cloud technologies are intrinsically linked – mobile...
  • Blog Post: The missing piece in your office's mobile device strategy

    When most modern organisations think about mobility, they think about devices. Tablets or laptops? Phones or phablets? This brand or that? And it’s easy see why. The hardware is shiny and new – it has a cool factor that most IT purchases will never have. But finding the right device is...
  • Blog Post: 5 things everyone should know about the Surface Pro 2

    Public sector organisations are increasingly looking to the lessons of ICT consumerisation to help deliver new services with fewer resources. And you know that mobile working is essential to achieving that goal. But which device to use? Whenever a new tablet launches, there’s a blizzard of media...
  • Blog Post: Why the Scottish Government is turning to tablets to get more done

    Mobile working in a flexible, collaborative environment is the future of public sector productivity – and the Scottish Government is looking to lead the way. Like all public sector organisations, the Scottish Government needed to find ways to reduce costs while improving services – mobile...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 tablets help Hampshire Police save time and save the day

    In the future, when a police officer heads out on patrol, their equipment checklist might look like this: Badge? Check. Handcuffs? Check. Windows tablet? Check. The Hampshire Police Constabulary traditionally took witness statements by hand. But in April it began sending officers into...
  • Blog Post: Week in government tech: Could BYOD come to the public sector?

    New guidelines from the Government Communications Headquarters' Communications-Electronics Security Group could allow government workers to use their own mobile devices while on the job, as the guidelines consider security requirements for user-owned devices for the first time. The agency stopped short...
  • Blog Post: The big advantages of flexible working - radio interview with Microsoft's Dave Coplin

    The very successful Anywhere Working Week (see #AWweek on Twitter) has come to an end. But it seems that government organisations are still divided about what flexible working brings to their workplace and, most importantly their productivity. Today's Anywhere Working event at the London Transport Museum...
  • Blog Post: All those ways you didn't think Office was going to change your life

    We thought you'd like to know about today's launch of Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium - to help improve productivity in your home office and in your personal life!... To celebrate the launch of Microsoft Office 365 in the UK we are holding a unique event taking place based on and around the specially...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft works anywhere

    Sadly the Olympics are now over, but it's not just the athletes who have had a challenge to deal with - like many office workers in the capital, Microsoft employees have had to be prepared for a packed transport system. Therefore the option of working from home has been a potential problem solver for...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications: Demise of the Desktop Phone

    The acceleration in the use of unified communications in the enterprise hits home when I look round the office here at Microsoft in Reading. There is not a desktop phone in sight. Most people now communicate using Microsoft Lync from their PC for the majority of their telephone, online conferencing,...
  • 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: Smarter Government - a look at consumerisation of IT at Microsoft UK

    Microsoft is perhaps unique, in that it is both consumer and enterprise technology provider, as well as being a major enterprise technology consumer. This unique perspective brings great value to the organisation - not least in its ability to comprehensively test out and use new product developments...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue sees 35% productivity gain with unified communications

    Work is an activity, not a location. This is the vision that West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service applied to consolidate multiple communications platforms and provide employees with a Microsoft Lync 2010 solution which contributes directly to a reduction in mobile phone and travel costs and helps make...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Windows Phone 7 Use in Government

    CESG , the UK Government's National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, has issued guidance on the use of Windows Phone 7 smartphone for use within UK Government. The CESG guidance provides clarification for public sector customers wishing to use Windows Phone 7 for remote and mobile working...
  • Blog Post: The Micawber Principle of Public Sector Budgeting

    Wilkins Micawber is a fictional character from Charles Dickens’ 1850 novel David Copperfield. His name has become synonymous with someone who lives in hopeful expectation. This has formed the basis for the Micawber Principle, based upon his observation " Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure...
  • Blog Post: The Hybrid Organisation – the Public Sector in the New Economy

    “The biggest barrier to change is management attitude. Organisational challenges in the 21st Century will be easier to meet if leaders in the public and private sector understand the barrier that attitudes can become to progress.” A challenging assertion from some new idea-stimulating and...
  • 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 Meetings (Webinars) for the Public Sector

    I thought you would be interested in knowing about our upcoming series of Live Meetings (webinars) on specific aspects of Microsoft technology and how they are being used by our Public Sector customers to drive up efficiency and drive down costs. The Live Meetings start this Friday (October 16 th...
  • Blog Post: Economy, Efficiency, Effectiveness in the Public Sector

    We are running a series of Live Meetings (webcasts) during January – April 2009 to provide an insight into how Public Sector organisations can achieve greater value from their investment in Microsoft technology. The Live Meeting series covers seven areas where Microsoft technology can help Public Sector...
  • Blog Post: How many devices does one user need?

    I came across an interesting observation from Helen Ghosh, DEFRA Permanent Secretary, about the department’s renew IT programme , “ One of the things we are doing through our Renew IT Programme is to reduce the number of pieces of IT equipment which any individual can have. I will feel this very much...
  • Blog Post: How robust does a laptop have to be

    Imagine. You're designing a laptop specifically for use in education . How robust can you make a £490 laptop? Is this robust enough? The engineers at RM took theirs into the car park, and then drove cars over one, to see how much abuse it could survive. Three cars later (and car number 2 definitely...
  • 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: Winter colds and flu – another business reason to encourage flexible and mobile working

    My thanks to my colleague, Ray Fleming, in the Microsoft Education team for keeping us posted on the latest news from the Microsoft IT Forum in Barcelona this week. While Ray has been working hard in the Spanish sunshine, the reality of winter has begun to set in this week in the UK. Short days, long...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Flexible & Mobile Working Benefits Guide

    There's a big interest within Government around the potential to have many more of their employees working in a more flexible and mobile way. This can offer a number of benefits including reducing unnecessary trips into the office just to pick up paperwork, improving staff safety through automated alerts...
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