Operational Efficiency – SQLBits X: Technical Launch Event for SQL Server 2012

SQLBits is the UK SQL Server technical community and their 10th conference (SQLBits X) will take place in London from March 29-31, 2012.  SQLBits X will also be the main technical launch conference for SQL Server 2012 in the UK.  Over nine previous conferences since 2007, SQLBits has gained a reputation as the event for SQL…

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Cloud Computing – Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud

The recent flurry of activity associated with the Government Procurement Service tender for G-Cloud Services affirms that cloud computing is very much a priority within the Government’s ICT strategy. Cloud computing can accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and increase business agility. We would like to invite you to a Microsoft  interactive virtual event on private cloud…

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Windows Azure receives ISO 27001 certification

We’re delighted to announce that Windows Azure’s core services have now been granted it’s ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certificate from BSI Group. The core services currently covered include: Compute, Storage, Virtual Network, and Virtual Machine. ISO 27001 is a broad international information security standard. The certificate validates that Microsoft has implemented the internationally recognised information security controls…

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Weathering the storm with social media

Despite not feeling much like it recently, Winter is upon us and, if the weather reports are to be believed, we are in for a bit of a battering over the next 48 hours. Every council around the UK will be battening down the hatches and preparing themselves for whatever the weather can throw at…

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Cloud Computing – Free Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit

‘Heterogeneous’ is one of those over-used IT buzzwords that, stated more simply, recognises that most real-world IT environments are a combination of different applications, systems and devices from a multiplicity of vendors. Understanding the complexities of any heterogeneous IT environment can complicate the process of upgrading and migrating to the latest technology to increase operational…

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Implementing Effective ICT Across the Public Sector

Microsoft Public Sector at the Government ICT Summit Nine months on from the release of the “Implementing Reform” ICT Strategy, Westminster Briefing’s first annual Government ICT Summit, located in the ornate Central Hall at Westminster, hosted a range of government departments, non departmental public bodies and the wider public sector together with the ICT industry,…

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The Commissioning Council – the future of local government?

Here’s a good talking point for all our local government readers out there – what if your local council stripped away its service delivery capability, leaving just a core commissioning body? Instead all its usual council services are contracted out via an arms-length organisation that can use their own resources, private sector companies and social…

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Smarter Government – SOCITM 2011 Further Reflections and What’s Next?

Last week the Microsoft UK Government team travelled to Birmingham’s NEC to take part in SOCITM 2011. Celebrating 25 years service, the conference focused on collaboration, innovation and re-design in government services. We took part in the roundtable discussion on the Channel Shift strategy in public services, which Microsoft’s Jason Burton co-chaired. We also sat…

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Smarter Government – Microsoft at SOCITM 2011 – Day 2 Reflections

The two-day SOCITM conference resumed this morning at the NEC with a schedule of plenary sessions, roundtables and demonstrations in the exhibition hall packed full of council CIOs, CTOs and CFOs. The first speaker on day was Andy Burns from Staffordshire County Council, with a presentation titled: “we can’t afford the future unless we change…

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