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  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – Microsoft Tech Days Online – October 27th

    As both time and travel budgets are tight for everyone, I thought you would be interested in this programme of Microsoft Tech Days Online that we are running on Thursday October 27th. There are three tracks available on the following topics in the morning of October 27th (09:00-12:00): Collaborate...
  • Blog Post: Open Government – New Accessibility Features for Office 2010

    Another theme articulated in the Government’s recently published ICT strategy is the acknowledgement that “Government ICT is vital for the delivery of efficient, cost-effective public services which are responsive to the needs of citizens and businesses. We want government ICT to be open...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Work Smarter with Office Communications Online (Live Meeting)

    Office Communications Online is a core offering of Microsoft Online services , providing presence, instant messaging and person-to-person (1:1) audio and video. Online services help simplify IT management by removing the need to deploy, configure, monitor and update/upgrade on-premise communications...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft TechNet Springboard Tour - free event in Reading on November 1st

    The Microsoft Springboard team, based at our headquarters in Seattle, create really good content on TechNet to help you to understand and deploy our latest technologies. In a way, they are a IT manager's best friend, because they provide useful web guides that provide step-by-step processes for things...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting: Performance Management in the Public Sector

    All Public Sector organisations are currently facing the challenge of cutting their budget, improving their efficiency and maintaining frontline service quality. There is no simple answer to this challenge but a good start point is the ability to transform data into insights that make it easier to identify...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 - (Almost) One Year Old

    According to the Guinness Book of Records , Happy Birthday To You is the most recognised song in the English language and has been translated into 18 different languages. The melody comes from a song called Good Morning to All. In the US the copyright is owned by the Time Warner Group and it is alleged...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence - NHS Nottinghamshire PCT gains insights and decision-making power.

    "Business Intelligence is quite simply taking the hand cuffs off right across the organisation — even a limitless budget couldn’t have liberated us in this way." These are the words of Andy Hall, Associate Director of Performance at Nottinghamshire County Primary Care Trust (PCT) Business...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Combining on-premise software with hosted services

    You can invariably rely on the customer to cut through the hyperbole that surrounds new technology paradigms to work out what is the right solution to their business needs. Cloud computing is the latest example where customers are increasingly realising that a hybrid approach combining on-premise software...
  • 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: Citizen Services – London Fire Brigade Boosts Productivity with Office 2010

    Formed in 1710, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) has evolved into the largest fire and rescue service in the United Kingdom. It has 7,000 staff, including 5,800 firefighters and officers. Leaders at the London Fire Brigade are currently implementing a pilot programme to upgrade to Microsoft Office 2010...
  • Blog Post: Work is what you do, not where you go

    The announcement this week of the availability of Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows Live Hotmail reminds me of the notion that ‘work is what you do, not where you go’. This expression was originally used at the start of the mobility wave when 3G and wireless communications introduced the...
  • Blog Post: Independent Study on Total Economic Impact of Office 2010

    Following on from my earlier blog posting announcing Microsoft Office 2010 , I thought you would be interested in this commissioned research conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Microsoft on the Total Economic Impact of Office 2010 . It contains very impressive figures on the potential savings...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010

    It has been a busy day. The UK has its first coalition Government in 70 years and Microsoft has launched significant new versions of major software platforms. I’ll leave you to decide which is the most momentous event. You know which news sites to visit for more information on the coalition Government...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 – Virtual Launch Event on May 12th

    A date for your diary – join Microsoft online on Wednesday May 12 th to hear about the upcoming launch of our most innovative Office and SharePoint offerings to date. Find out how you can get the best return on your technology investments. And learn how your people can be more efficient, innovative...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 - Most secure, manageable Office yet!

    Office 2010, expected H1 2010, will be a major release of the Office suite with a lot to enhance the end user computing experience of your users and allow them to be innovative and productive . Add to this one of the real benefits for IT teams: that Office 2010 is an increasingly manageable application...
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