New is not always better

Over time I have written less and less software; the last development team removed my access rights to the source code long before I had even left the project.  But I have always had a passion for delivering software that does what the user wants, and does it well.  Much has been written about how…

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Are citizens finally customers?

I was in Japan last month (fascinating county, would love to go back and spend more time there) where I spent a week with the local Microsoft team and with Bill Edwards from CSTransform (formerly Gov3). Bill was the UK e-Communications Director under Tony Blair’s government and was responsible for the original UK Online portal…

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SharePoint 2010 for Governments

I have to admit, I am hugely impressed with the new functionality on offer in SharePoint 2010, it is a huge leap forward.  It really is an immensely powerful platform offering a huge range of services.  The official one sentence description is “The Business Collaboration Platform for the Enterprise and the Web” For a good…

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SharePoint 2010 accessibility with WCAG 2.0 support

UPDATE – Since this blog post more information has been released about accessibility in SharePoint 2010 on the official SharePoint blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2010/03/09/accessibility-and-sharepoint-2010.aspx   After a long wait we can now announce that SharePoint 2010 has greatly improved accessibility with WCAG 2.0 support.  I am out in Las Vegas at the SharePoint 2010 Conference and Steve…

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Government Cloud Computing – Public or Private

One of the hottest topics in government at the moment is usage of the cloud, and this was one of the topics up for discussion while I was in Japan recently.  The Japanese Government announced earlier in the year the plans to build a private cloud for Government, the Kasumigaseki Cloud. Likewise in the UK…

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Twitter usage guidelines

Well I have been away on the road for the last couple of weeks at the annual internal Microsoft Sales conference in Atlanta and then in Seattle for TechReady – an internal tech conference.  So I have been too busy to post, but had a great time catching up with many contacts from around the…

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Microsoft Public Sector Government Partner of the year – Spenta Consulting

  Congratulations and well done to everyone at Spenta, you really deserved to win the Microsoft Public Sector Government partner of the year.  Glad to see you are highlighting it on your rather nice SharePoint based website 🙂 http://www.spenta.es Also congratulations to Daniel Sabater who has been become a Dynamics CRM Most Valuable Professional, well…

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All looks great, but why do we need Gov2.0?

I was working with one of our teams in the Middle East to help them prepare for a presentation to a group of Government CIO’s around Gov2.0.  I put together some slides for them, got some background reading, example sites etc and sent it over.  Then came the question – ‘Thanks James, all looks great,…

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Windows Azure

At the Worldwide Partner Conference more details have just been announced around Windows Azure, the Microsoft Cloud Platform.  This short video is a really good and very clear view of what Windows Azure is, and how it works; well worth a quick watch. Video: What is Windows Azure? Windows Azure and other related bits (SQL…

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Governments engaging using Social Media

There are three interesting posts this week from various sources around Social Media.  First one really underlines why it cannot be ignored.  After reading the post ‘Social media now more popular than personal email – Neilsen’ and looking at the statistics of internet usage I have to admit this is the way that I communicate…

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