Day two at SOCITM 2012

It was the second and final day of SOCITM 2012 yesterday and we were once again spoilt for choice on sessions to visit. We ended up setting up camp in track one, the Library sessions, and we weren’t disappointed. Here are some of the highlights from today (and click here for our day one wrap…

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Day one at SOCITM 2012

Yesterday we were in Birmingham for the first day of SOCITM 2012. There were plenty of sessions to visit and new ideas, great case studies and practical examples on show. Here are some of the highlights from the day one’s talks: It’s not a myth Jos Creese, CIO of Hampshire County Council and Chair of Local CIO Council, was…

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What G-Cloud and the CloudStore means for the public sector

Why does the public sector need cloud? What is the CloudStore and is the cloud one way to overcome the age of austerity? Two of our Microsoft cloud experts help answer those questions and more in our double cloud whammy with Daniel Batts, head of business development for the public sector and Mark Ferrar, national…

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What can Windows Server 2012 do for my government organisation?

The recent launch of Windows Server 2012 has created new ways for government organisations to manage the very heart of their IT – the programs and data in their datacentres. Wayne Meyer, Server and Tools Product Manager at Microsoft outlines its benefits. Our customers tell us that they’re facing huge pressure to transform the datacentres. Driven…

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Microsoft launches three-year programme to help tackle youth unemployment

Microsoft has launched ‘Get On’, a new programme offering young people in the UK the skills and inspiration they need to succeed in getting that all important first job. With youth unemployment currently at 1.02 million1, Get On aims to help 300,000 16-24 year olds take meaningful steps toward work and the start of a career over…

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All change – Steve Ballmer discusses innovation, Microsoft and enterprise IT

Tim Cozze-Young was at the Microsoft Executive Briefing in London to hear what our CEO, Steve Ballmer, had to say about the future of IT and how Microsoft is evolving to meet the needs of enterprise customers. In 2020, three-quarters of the Fortune 500 will be companies we haven’t heard of yet, according to Yale’s…

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easyJet transforms business model with cloud and Azure – what about in government?

Luton-based easyJet are differentiating themselves from other low cost airlines by bringing in a new seat booking system. Traditionally synonymous with airport scrums due to the free seating arrangements on their planes, this move signifies a new era for the carrier. Is it time for government organisations to take a leaf from easyJet’s book (or should…

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Six great Windows 8 apps for the public sector

Since the launch of Windows 8, users have been able to delve into a huge range of new apps to play with. Developers in public sector organisations around the country are discovering the new opportunity that the Windows Store offers them to design, build, and make available their apps to customers in over 200 markets. To help…

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Cloud Computing for Fire & Rescue Services

If you’re of the fire & rescue persuasion and work in IT, we have a treat for you coming up – here are some details of a great event taking place in London in December which will underline the importance of using the ‘cloud’ more in the emergency services (which could even help you make huge savings…

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Council boosts collaboration and customer service with 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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