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  • Blog Post: 5 free events for IT Pros looking to master the cloud

    Cloud tools are rewriting the rules faster than most IT departments can keep up. Whether you’re a cloud novice or an IT Pro on the cutting edge, continuing education is a must, as new benefits and best practices constantly emerge. Need a hand getting up to speed? Join Microsoft for one of our free...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: Watch how the Internet of Things is transforming the London Underground

    Anyone who’s ever travelled on the London Underground and struggled to find a stop on the station map has an inkling of how complex the Tube really is. Now imagine how difficult it is to monitor conditions across all those lines and all those stops and perform essential maintenance before it affects...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CityNext: How technology can help cities focus on citizens

    Discussions about the future of cities tend to focus on huge systems –infrastructure, bureaucracy, the economy. Those things are important – but doesn’t it make more sense to focus on people first? That could mean empowering workers to do their jobs a bit better. It could mean empowering...
  • Blog Post: Transform the Datacentre: Discover how cloud tools are shaping the future of IT

    Ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Borough of Newham Council needed to accomplish two seemingly opposing goals. It needed to improve staff productivity by giving them remote access to data – but it also needed to find a way to reduce IT costs. By moving to a private cloud...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Receives G-Cloud Impact Level 2 Accreditation from Cabinet Office for Use across the UK Public Sector

    Microsoft’s cloud computing platform is now accredited to store and communicate data securely up to the UK Government’s Impact Level 2 classification. Reading, UK. — 04/04/13 — Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, has been awarded Impact Level 2 (IL2)...
  • Blog Post: The sky’s the limit as opendata weather transactions hit 555,000 per month

    The Coalition Government has made data and transparency defining themes of its agenda for this Parliament. The untapped potential in the economic value of data is a new opportunity. George Osborne announced a number of Open Data commitments in his 2011 Autumn Statement to help drive growth –...
  • Blog Post: Did you know Microsoft has open government initiatives worldwide?

    Open government initiatives are currently going on all over the world. As I look around to see all the data that is publicly available, it amazes me of how far our governments have come along to promote transparency, connect and engage with citizens, and to realise the full potential of mobile, social...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Day for Developers – June 22nd 2012, London

    Windows Azure, Windows 8, Devices and Open Source - The Microsoft Cloud Day on June 22 nd at the Vue Cinema in Fulham, London is a free conference for public sector developers where you can find out more about the latest innovations in Microsoft technology for the cloud and open source. If you are...
  • Blog Post: More info about Microsoft and the Government's G-Cloud Framework

    CloudStore | Office 365 | Windows Azure | Dynamics CRM Online | Microsoft Consulting Services Microsoft is starting to get lots of enquiries about our cloud services on the G-Cloud CloudStore, and so are our cloud SME partners too! As you may have heard Microsoft has been successfully appointed...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing - Delivering IT as a service

    The role of any IT department in an organisation is to deliver business value through information technology. This distils down to delivering a set of applications to the business users to enable them to do their roles more efficiently. Anything outside of the application is inherently overhead, whether...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing - Why Cloud?

    Over the coming weeks, we have invited our colleague and cloud expert Nick Umney from Microsoft's UK National Technology Office, to post a series of blogs on all things cloud. These weekly blog posts will also touch upon the following topics as the series continues: delivering IT as a service ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft appointed to Government’s ‘G-Cloud’ Framework

    Microsoft has today been appointed to the Government Procurement Services’ ‘G-Cloud’ Framework following the completion of the formal bid process. The business has been successfully appointed on all four Lots: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS as well as cloud consulting services. In addition, a number...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure’s contribution to UK government Open Data

    The forecast for Open Data content is looking extremely bright following a decision by the government to release Met Office UK weather information to the public. We at Microsoft are supporting the initiative with our Windows Azure platform via Marketplace. This effectively unlocks daily and hourly...
  • Blog Post: Cloud powered forms reap benefits for councils

    When it comes to interacting with government agencies, I am sure many of us think of stacks of complex, multi-page forms asking for information on all sorts of aspects of our lives. IEG 4 , an innovative company based in the UK, is making this a thing of the past for local authorities. Through the use...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Free Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit

    ‘Heterogeneous’ is one of those over-used IT buzzwords that, stated more simply, recognises that most real-world IT environments are a combination of different applications, systems and devices from a multiplicity of vendors. Understanding the complexities of any heterogeneous IT environment...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – Microsoft System Center 2012 Launch Roadshows Update

    I first brought your attention to the series of Microsoft System Center 2012 regional launch roadshow events in an earlier blog posting . Demand is proving to be very high for these events and we have just added a new date to the series for Edinburgh on Tuesday February 28th 2012. Microsoft provides...
  • Blog Post: Smarter Government – Windows Azure drives innovative use of open data

    Open data is driving both innovative applications and the practical use of cloud computing. A colleague has just brought me up to speed on how a variety of public sector organisations are using Windows Azure to enable citizen connection, the provisioning of open data and Government-as-a-Service applications...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Free learning resources from Microsoft Virtual Academy

    Last week, I brought to your attention a free white paper on Cloud learning – What IT Professionals Need to Know . Now, I would like to point you towards a selection of free education resources on cloud computing available from the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The Microsoft Virtual Academy...
  • Blog Post: Open Government – London Data Store on Windows Azure Improves Information Transparency

    “ Open Government and Open Data have the power to transform absolutely the way government and society work for the better .” These are the words of Francis Maude, Minister for Cabinet Office, in his foreword to the recently-published public consultation on Making Open Data Real . As well...
  • 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: Cloud Computing – Housing Benefits forms processed 80% faster at lower cost with cloud solution

    IEG4 is a Microsoft solution partner that provides solutions for online processing of Housing Benefit claims that enable local authorities to eliminate the cost of printing claim forms and, in the case of Trafford Council for example, reduce the time it takes to process a housing benefits claim from...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing - Local Authorities process citizens’ forms 80 percent faster with cloud solution

    Microsoft partner IEG4 have been working with a number of public sector organisations in the UK to reduce cost and improve response times using cloud solutions based on Windows Azure . An in-depth case study that can be found here . Highlights include Trafford Council reduced the time it takes...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Transport for London manages 2.3 million website hits a day with Windows Azure

    Transport for London (TfL), the integrated transport organisation responsible for the United Kingdom’s capital city, wanted to give its customers more real-time data about journey options. By encouraging developers to use TfL data to create new applications for commuters, the transport operator...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing – Free eBooks on Cloud Computing Basics

    Our colleagues in the Microsoft Corporate Government team have been busy producing a series of eBooks on Cloud Computing in Government that I thought were well worth bringing to your attention. They do carry the minor ‘health warning’ that they are written with USA State and Federal Government...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence – FREE Application Platform Workshops in June

    Applications are the bridge between your business processes and the IT department. An Application Platform provides a set of capabilities that help you get better value from your application portfolio. Application Platforms typically comprise three layers: Infrastructure: The Infrastructure layer...
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