Using Yammer to deliver informal learning

This post by the Department of Health’s Dave Briggs originally appeared on Gov.UK’s Digital Health blog.  As part of my role on digital capability, I’m experimenting with different ways of delivering learning activity to people within the department. The traditional course is fine as far as it goes, but with increasing limits on both budgets…

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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 SME partners – we’ve developed seven key steps to start…

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How to switch your office to modern devices for a fraction of the usual cost

How old is the smartphone you’ve got in your pocket? 6 months? A year?  Most people go a maximum of two years between upgrades, changing phones every time they sign a new mobile plan. What about the computer or tablet you use at home? Is it built from obsolete hardware or loaded with ancient programs?…

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Microsoft services reappointed to G-Cloud Framework v4

The Government Procurement Services reappointed Microsoft to the G-Cloud Framework v4, following the completion of the Official Journal European Union bid process. Microsoft’s appointment to the framework covers all four lots: Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, Software as a Service and cloud consulting services. In addition, a number of Microsoft partners have…

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How Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust managed to promote remote work -- without spending a lot of money

Have you ever noticed that your home computer is nicer than the machine you use at work? You’re not alone. Bring-your-own-device IT policies are becoming more common, since they can help employees do their best work from anywhere, while still saving the organisation serious money. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust wanted to empower mobile working for…

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The Consumer at Work: Creating the next generation of healthcare applications

The first 60 years of business software has been focused on making operations more effective and efficient. However, outside work we now possess beautifully designed devices, which are easy to use and run a new generation of user centred software built on internet technologies. These devices and services are permeating every aspect of our lives…

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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) accreditation, further enhancing Microsoft’s offerings on the current G-Cloud Framework and CloudStore. The IL2 rating will benefit…

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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 Leicester City CouncilCity Council Makes Significant Savings…

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Council revolutionises collaboration with services using new business management software

Plymouth City Council is facing a big social challenge – a 16-year life expectancy gap between the east and west of the city. Addressing this issue requires all services – including social and health care, policing, and housing – to work closely together. To achieve this, the council needs to update its disparate systems and…

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