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  • Blog Post: Understanding how to measure the value of public sector projects

    This post is by Stephen Kell. In the current climate of austerity and cost cutting, the focus of attention in the public sector is on reducing costs not on realising value from investment into initiatives. Often in reducing costs there is an impact on the services delivered to the citizens of the...
  • Blog Post: City of London improves customer satisfaction while sharing best practise with the SLG

    The City of London is an ancient organisation using modern technology to deliver services to a large and complex range of constituents that includes local residents, visitors, small businesses, international corporations, embassies, and over 300,000 daily commuters. Previously, the city had no unified...
  • Blog Post: Public Sector Windows 8 Apps eBook

    Over the past few weeks we have been compiling eight great public sector apps which can be found in the Windows 8/Windows Phone app store . The result is this handy guide which features details about each app, screenshots and information about our involved Partners. Featured in the Windows 8 app eBook...
  • 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: 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: 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: Public Sector case studies for Budget day

    Well, the 2013 budget has finished and while the dust is settling on the key points from the Chancellor's speech, We've compiled some great case studies from the UK public sector to share with you which demonstrate excellent examples of cost saving... How to save money and... ...reduce carbon footprint...
  • Blog Post: Tablets that mean business – Windows 8 helping cut the total cost of ownership

    There is no doubt that Windows 8 is the new kid on the block as far as operating systems are concerned. It’s still in its infancy and, as a result, people are just beginning to realise its vast potential. Dell are one of those companies who are currently producing a selection of great devices...
  • 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: The Electoral Commission improves data accuracy and customer service with CRM

    Here is a great case study for anyone thinking of improving data accuracy, cutting admin and improving customer relations... The Electoral Commission is a body set up by the United Kingdom (U.K.) parliament to regulate party finance and set election standards. To improve decision making through more...
  • Blog Post: All change – Steve Ballmer discusses innovation, Microsoft and enterprise IT

    Tim Cozze-Young was at the Microsoft Executive Briefing in London to hear what our CEO, Steve Ballmer, had to say about the future of IT and how Microsoft is evolving to meet the needs of enterprise customers. In 2020, three-quarters of the Fortune 500 will be companies we haven’t heard of yet...
  • 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: Just in time for Olympics, London’s Tube Lines improves efficiency

    As many government organisations around the world face daunting budget restrictions, some are finding creative ways to cut their existing costs, while continuing to provide excellent service to the public. These tactics include everything from migrating applications to a cloud environment to engaging...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud is a journey, not an ultimatum

    Servers & Services Through previous posts we have discussed ‘what is cloud’ and examined Infrastructure, Platform and Software as a Service, with the relative benefits and comparisons of these approaches to cloud computing. We also discussed the benefits of customers building their...
  • Blog Post: U.K. District Councils cut costs by creating a new company

    Like many public sector entities in the UK, East Lindsey and South Holland District Councils are under a mandate to generate cost reductions. In some cases, these reductions have ranged up to 35 per cent of operating costs. To address this challenge, the councils created a company called Compass Point...
  • Blog Post: Digital by Default - Councils don't have websites, they ARE websites

    " Your council used to have a website - now your council is a website " was the thought-provoking assertion by social entrepreneur and founder of mySociety Tom Steinberg at the recent SOCITM Building Perfect Council Websites 2012 event in Birmingham. Many local authorities already make extensive use...
  • Blog Post: Information Security - Next Steps in Identity for UK Police Forces

    With the recent Police National Database (PND) and Identity and Access Management (IAM) initiatives a number of Police forces chose to deploy local IAM technologies, integrated with the Central Services PKI infrastructure and accredited by the ‘Scheme for Police’ standard, instead of the...
  • Blog Post: Dear Government: Do you have an app for that?

    If you’re like me, the thought of being away from your smartphone, even for a day, creates a sense of anxiety. These days, I’m checking email, paying bills, managing schedules, and navigating on road trips — all from my smart phone. It’s become indispensable. As smartphones become...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Evidence that students do better with a PC at home

    ALL teachers, ALL schools and any parents can use the Get Online @ Home offer so EVERY student can have a PC at home and do better in school and in life! So here’s the evidence that students do better if they have a PC at home: The final evaluation of the Government’s “Home...
  • Blog Post: A flood of praise for the new FloodAlerts Facebook application

    The fight to warn areas of the UK about flooding has stepped up a gear by the introduction of a new Facebook application from the Environment Agency . Powered by the Bing Maps platform and developed by Microsoft partner Shoothill, FloodAlerts is built on official flood warning data. This allows the...
  • Blog Post: Day two of the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum in review

    Day two of the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum got off to a fantastic start, despite attendees battling the horrific weather to arrive at the venue. The morning consensus was very excitable with a full day ahead of us and a fabulous gala dinner to look forward to in the evening. Opening the talks...
  • Blog Post: Review of Worldwide Government Solutions Forum 2012

    The sixth year of the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum saw the turn of London, featuring speakers from 26 different countries. After sampling a few international cuisines we sat down to gain a range of views from around the world on how the Government and Public Sector can incorporate cloud computing...
  • Blog Post: Highlights from #bluelightcamp

    This weekend in Manchester, the Blue Light Camp unconference took place and was reported to have been very a unique and refreshing day. The emergency services event was the brain child of Sasha Taylor , Paul Coxon and David White and provided a fantastic networking opportunity for those interested in...
  • 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...
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