Whatever happened to Building 6?

This post is by Mike Anderiesz. Back in 1998, Microsoft opened its first headquarters outside of the US, at Thames Valley Park. Starting with just a single building, the site expanded steadily with a 5th building opening in 2008 and a 6th considered all but inevitable within the next few years. So what exactly became…

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Unified Communications: Why ET no longer phones home

This post is by Mike Anderiesz. Sometimes it takes decades for an established technology to become obsolete, at other times the realisation sinks in all at once. Take the telephone switchboard; relied on the world over for the best part of century but now, like the landline itself, being replaced by a smarter, more environmentally-friendly solution. …

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Intelligent Lighting: How Microsoft UK shed 60,000 Kgs of C02 emissions with a single switch

This post is by Mike Anderiesz. From a plant’s root system to your own blood supply, networking is one of nature’s basic laws that has transferred almost seamlessly into the digital world. These days, just about anything electronic works better when linked to other devices doing a similar job, and Microsoft is now successfully applying that…

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2014 – The year Microsoft achieved carbon neutrality

This post is by Mike Anderiesz. The concept of carbon neutrality as a realistic business objective was only dreamed up in the late 90’s. Hardly surprising then that so few global businesses have so far reached this ambitious target. Nevertheless, in 2014, less than two years after committing to the principle, Microsoft is now achieving it.   …

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Learn the 5 keys to managing a successful public sector IT overhaul

When the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom became operational in 2009, it faced a lot of challenges, including the existing IT provisioned by the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry is a much larger organisation with fundamentally different IT needs.  The new Supreme Court needed an agile, cost-effective solution that could keep up with its…

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Surfing the Tube

As the world’s first and oldest underground railway, the London Underground – affectionately known as the Tube – serves 270 stations, 2 billion annual rides taken and 249 miles of track. It has long been hailed as a model for urban transport as well as a cultural symbol of design and innovation, its slogans and station names…

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How technology helps Cambridgeshire Constabulary adapt to tomorrow’s challenges

The time had come for Cambridgeshire Police to upgrade from its ing Blackberry devices. The office could easily have opted for a new standard device for the entire force. But rather than choose a device, they opted to focus on a platform: Windows Phone 8.1. Now Cambridgeshire is rolling out 8,000 Windows Phone devices across…

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BI tools help Metro Bank create fans, not customers

Superior customer service sets Metro Bank apart, giving them the competitive advantage they need as the first high street bank to open in the UK in more than 100 years. That customer-first attitude shows in everything they do, such as being open seven days a week and staffing their round-the-clock call-centre service with people, not…

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Get ready for The Future of Work

How was work today? Did you get stuck in traffic on your way into the office? Did you spend all morning answering e-mail? Did you sit through a 2-hour meeting you didn’t need to attend? Did you mutter violent profanity at your laptop when you couldn’t find the file you need to finish your big…

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