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  • Blog Post: North Wales Police deploy Lync to save lives

    Through the use of Unified Communications and Microsoft Lync, North Wales Police has been able to dramatically improve their ability to respond to critical incidents and support their local communities. It's also led to a minor revolution in their ways of communicating with other the emergency services...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing - Delivering the right services to the right users

    In previous posts we have covered how cloud enables organisations to segment users, roles and workloads and to place these in the most appropriate place. Highlight secure workloads can be run on a customers own datacentre, shared services can be consumed from service providers (from a private cloud)...
  • 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: Public Sector Live Meetings – Cloud Computing, Performance Management and Unified Communications in October

    We are re-starting the Microsoft series of Live Meetings (web seminars) for our Public Sector customers in October. Initially, we are planning three on alternate Fridays from October 1st, starting at 11:00 for approximately one hour. These are the topics that we shall cover in the October series,...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence – Norfolk Constabulary Reduces Crime with Performance Management Solution

    Norfolk Constabulary serves a population of 840,700 with 1,640 police officers. In keeping with a national trend, senior officers are eager to improve public perception by applying performance management and customer service to policing. In the public sector, higher customer expectation linked with...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence or Performance Intelligence in Public Sector?

    ‘Business’ can be construed as a term that is redolent with connotations of sales and profit & loss. It sometimes means that the the concept of ‘business intelligence’ can be perceived as more relevant in the commercial sector than in the public sector. ‘Performance...
  • 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: Lies, damned lies and (interesting) Government statistics

    Excuse my paraphrase of the Benjamin Disraeli assertion that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics . In fact, I want to use today’s blog entry to point you towards some of the very useful information that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) tracks. ONS is now the independent...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Digital Town Hall Forum - Friday March 7th, London

    The next Microsoft Digital Town Hall Forum will be held at Microsoft’s London office on Friday March 7th The Digital Town Hall event is your chance to find out about the latest developments across a range of Microsoft technologies and to hear about relevant customer projects. Mobility and collaboration...
  • Blog Post: What does PerformancePoint Server 2007 have to offer you?

    Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 is an integrated performance management application that enables you to monitor, analyse, and plan your business operations. PerformancePoint Server 2007 incorporates easy-to-use tools for building dashboards to monitor performance and the analytical tools...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Digital Town Hall – Wakefield – Tuesday December 4th

    With the kind support of Wakefield Council , we are holding a Microsoft Digital Town Hall Forum at Woolley Hall in Wakefield on Tuesday December 4 th . The Microsoft Digital Town Hall gives you an opportunity to find out about the latest developments across a range of Microsoft technologies and...
  • Blog Post: Performance Management Live Meeting 23rd October

    The next Microsoft Live Meeting for the Public Sector, on the topic of Performance Managemen t , takes place on Tuesday October 23rd from 10:00 – 11:00 . This Live Meeting introduces the new business intelligence solution from Microsoft – Office PerformancePoint Server (MOPPS) 2007 – which provides all...
  • Blog Post: Balanced Scorecards for the 21st Century

    Back in 1992, Robert Kaplan and David Norton introduced the balanced scorecard methodology for organisations to link current actions to their long-term goals. Balanced scorecards are significantly more than a method of reviewing past performance - they are increasingly a tool in helping organisations...
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