Smarter Government – Microsoft on Government Worldwide Blog

There is a new blog in the Microsoft portfolio of Public Sector blogs that I’d like to bring to your attention.  It is a worldwide blog called Microsoft on Government that contains fascinating examples from across the globe on how public sector organisations are using ICT to innovate and improve the cost-efficient delivery of public…

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Cloud Computing – FREE White Paper on ‘What IT Professionals Need to Know’

Amidst all the noise and fervour associated with the ‘journey to the cloud’ one question I have not, till now, seen properly addressed is what does the cloud mean for the skills and responsibilities of IT professionals?  The new white paper from Microsoft Learning on Cloud Computing: What IT Professionals Need to Know provides very…

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Operational Efficiency – West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue sees 35% productivity gain with unified communications

Work is an activity, not a location.  This is the vision that West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service applied to consolidate multiple communications platforms and provide employees with a Microsoft Lync 2010 solution which contributes directly to a reduction in mobile phone and travel costs and helps make their employees more productive and connected. West…

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Smarter Government – Cut costs and improve service – Local Government workshop on December 5th

At times, the pressure on local authorities to cut costs and maintain front-line service capability can seem to be a nigh-on impossible circle to square. It would be too simplistic to say that better use of ICT is the answer but it can be a significant contributor to eliminating back-office cost duplication and safeguarding front-line…

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Operational Efficiency – Microsoft Licensing for Public Sector Briefing – November 14, London

We are providing an opportunity for customers of Microsoft working in local and central government and health to learn more about how Microsoft product and programme licensing works. You can join Microsoft’s Licensing expert trainers and learn all you need to know in one-day on November 14th at the Microsoft Customer Centre in London about…

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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 as helping to reduce the number of Freedom of…

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Cloud Computing – Should the government develop a strategy to ensure the UK economy benefits from the cloud?

Microsoft believes that regulatory issues are preventing the UK from capitalising on the opportunities offered by cloud computing. Whilst industry can address some of these, the government also needs to play a part. Germany has already started such an initiative – do we risk getting left behind? Microsoft is launching a Cloud Manifesto, which calls…

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Smarter Government – Identity Management with Forefront Identity Manager (Webinar)

Public sector organisations are seeking new ways to reduce the complexity of managing and securing users, devices, and corporate assets. The need to give the right people the right access to the right information is a challenge that public sector organisations need to address. The increased proliferation of end-user personal devices and the requirement to…

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