2012 CIO Summit report by Mark Chillingworth

Today, we hand our blog over to Editor in Chief at CIO UK at IDG, Mark Chillingworth for his thoughts on the recent CIO Summit in October… The third annual CIO Summit continued the growth pattern the event has exhibited since its launch and feedback from CIOs present was that the quality of speak and…

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Building Society increases business agility with private cloud solution

Skipton Building Society needed a self-service portal for development environments for its mortgage services division HML. Its IT Shared Service Centre was tasked with finding a solution that would allow HML to provision virtual machines to keep pace with its agile development requirement. By deploying Hyper-V virtualisation technology, along with the Microsoft System Center 2012…

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The Cloud is a journey, not an ultimatum

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 own private clouds.  Microsoft is uniquely positioned in this regard;  we have been helping customers and…

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Mapping Endangered Species

What do the California condor, the snow leopard, and the Wollemi pine have in common? They’ve all made the least desirable position on one of the nature’s most important lists: the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Now, what do Microsoft and the Zoological Society of London have in common? They’re both Red List partners,…

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Microsoft in leading pack for self-service BI vendors

Hello, just a quick post today to bring you some recent news from the world of business intelligence (BI). Research company Forrester published a report earlier this summer which has placed Microsoft amongst the leading pack for self-service BI vendors. This is due to the ‘breadth of our self-service BI functionality offerings’. Excellent news indeed!…

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Council expands shared services and makes significant savings through virtualisation

Staffordshire County Council is the eighth-largest council in England and a leader in shared IT services. It wanted to benefit from management and virtualisation to save money and ensure continuity of critical applications, while creating a private cloud environment to extend shared services. Working with Risual, the authority carried out a proof of concept and…

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Things get juicy for Windows Server 2012

Canary Wharf professionals get the drinks in. Since launching in early September, Windows Server 2012 has been very fruitful for customers – providing a largely restructured version of the OS and a sea-change in features, more aligned to industry trends. The cloud being the most obvious trend in its sights. Today, it was all about fruit again for the Windows…

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