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  • Blog Post: FAQ: What Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 OFFICIAL accreditation means for your organisation

    Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 now hold the UK Government’s recently launched “OFFICIAL” accreditation . What does that mean? It means that Microsoft Azure, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service cloud computing platform, and Office 365, Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: Turning data into best practices at a local level

    If you wanted to find out how bad weather was affecting instances of respiratory disease in your area, how would you go about answering that question? Let’s make the problem a little easier and say you work at an NHS foundation trust and have access to reams of raw clinical data. How would you...
  • Blog Post: What makes an organisation “brilliant”? Find out with Microsoft and IMGROUP

    The cloud is more than just a great way to lower your organisations’ IT costs. Cloud tools have the power to transform your entire organisation –increasing productivity, making workers more collaborative and turning raw data into actionable insights. Cloud technology is all about enabling...
  • Blog Post: 7 steps to bringing your organisation into the cloud

    This post is an excerpt from the free e-book “Bringing the UK Government into the Cloud.” Download the full e-book today or e-mail us at ukps@microsoft.com for more information. Having worked with many public sector organisations of different sizes – either directly or through our...
  • Blog Post: Social collaboration is now easier than ever for Government workers – here’s why

    A recent survey of UK workers found that 39% say their organisation needs to rethink how it operates. One of their top complaints was around the amount of e-mail they have to cope with daily. E-mail overload kills productivity, stifles collaboration and makes organisations less responsive. Luckily, rethinking...
  • Blog Post: Event: Get ready to Get It Done on 7 Nov.

    Work isn’t a place anymore; it’s a thing we do. And increasingly,it’s a thing we outside the office. There was a time when working from home was just a perk or a concession made for certain types of jobs. But in the last few years, there’s been a shift at organisations of all...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces free Office 365 access for U.K. non-profits

    Qualifying U.K. non-profits of all sizes can now get free or reduced-cost access to a full suite of Microsoft Office 365 productivity tools, as part of Microsoft's software donation program . Non-profit organisations can even sign up for a free trial to help them get started during the application process...
  • Blog Post: Wiltshire Council cuts costs and boosts productivity by migrating 4,500 staff to cloud computing

    Wiltshire Council wanted to continue its IT transformation strategy by embracing cloud-based computing. The council is the first in the UK to complete an enterprise-wide implementation of Microsoft Office 365 for all employees. Since 2009, it has cut IT spending from around £20 million to just...
  • 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: Social Tools in the Workplace

    Microsoft research released on 27th May reports that almost half of employees believe that social tools used in the workplace aid their productivity but interestingly, more than 30 percent of companies underestimate the value of these tools and therefore place restrictions upon their use by employees...
  • Blog Post: Real Impact for Lean and Modern Government

    In the face of declining budgets , we are all challenged to do more and new with less – wanting to be more agile, streamlined, cost-effective and, in public sector, more citizen-friendly. In this post we have put together some case studies and tools to help you think about how your organisation...
  • Blog Post: City Council makes significant savings replacing existing system with unified communications

    Faced with the challenge of funding cuts, rising customer expectations, and having to move premises, Leicester City Council embarked on a business transformation strategy. It needed to take control of its data, enhance customer experience, and modernise its infrastructure to support flexible, collaborative...
  • Blog Post: G-Cloud Webcast: What Microsoft Offers and How to Buy

    We recently ran a webcast with representatives from the Cabinet Office G-Cloud Team, Microsoft and a business partner to provide our public sector customers with practical information and advice on how to use the CloudStore to select and purchase Microsoft solutions such as Office 365 . On the webcast...
  • Blog Post: Metropolitan Police turn to Office 365 for Olympic support

    The Metropolitan Police Service in London required easily accessible email for extra police officers during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To avoid costly capital expenditure on its existing infrastructure, the Met wanted to quickly provision these users and then remove the service when no longer...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 allows flexible working for all, slashes IT costs and enables a ‘paperless office’ for Wiltshire Council

    The organisation has reduced IT budgets by more than 25 per cent with new deployments. London, UK. — Mar. 20, 2013 — Wiltshire Council has cemented its transformation from 5 local authorities in Wiltshire to a single Unitary Authority by moving a significant IT service to the Cloud with...
  • Blog Post: Anywhere Working - how to work where and how you want

    Off the back of the Parliamentary reception for the Anywhere Working campaign and as Office 365 for business is launching today, we thought we'd share this lovely video with you... Do you have a flexible working policy in your organisation? If not, check out this fab video out: Posted by Howard...
  • Blog Post: Leading Global Humanitarian Society Selects Cloud, Enhances Capacity and Response

    Some great news which we thought you might be interested in from our worldwide colleagues... The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has selected Microsoft Office 365 to be the standard communications and collaboration platform for its National Societies worldwide...
  • Blog Post: Texas moves to the cloud with Microsoft

    We have come across some great news from our colleagues in the US which we simply had to mention on our UK Government blog! OK, it's a story from Texas but the solution and result will appeal hugely with those working in UK Government. A massive 100,000 employees have been switched to the cloud-based...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 365 Receives G-Cloud IL2 Accreditation from Cabinet Office for Use Across the UK Public Sector

    Microsoft’s public cloud productivity suite for email, collaboration and unified communications, including web conferencing, is now accredited to store and communicate data securely up to the UK Government’s Impact Level 2 classification Reading, UK. — Feb. 04, 2013 — Microsoft’s...
  • 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: Private Cloud Nine - CIO roundtable news

    Cliff Evans, Private Cloud Lead at Microsoft UK, attended a recent CIO roundtable to discuss the role that private cloud can play in large organisations and the opportunities and challenges it presents for IT leaders. Everyone talks about the cloud but, really, there are several types of cloud. Most...
  • Blog Post: Energized! - A blog from our Worldwide team...

    Here's a great blog from our colleague Laura Ipsen (Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector) that we thought we'd share with you, enjoy!... As we transform into a devices and services company and look to the year ahead leading the Worldwide Public Sector business, I am energized by our opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft cited as leader in cloud collaboration by independent research firm

    Forrester Research, Inc., has named Microsoft as a leader in the cloud collaboration market in its August 2012 report entitled " The Forrester Wave TM : Cloud Strategies of Online Collaboration Software Vendors, Q3 2012 ." Among eight vendors, Microsoft's Office 365 , which includes SharePoint Online...
  • 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: What happens at the end of the Office 365 for education trial?

    Originally posted on the UK Education Cloud Blog. We thought this post might be of interest to a wider public sector audience... It’s less than 48 hours since Office 365 for education launched around the world but already I’m building up a nice list of frequently asked questions, first...
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