Blackberry tastes even better with Office 365

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could use your BlackBerry to access Office 365? Well, now you can! Yesterday RIM officially announced that BlackBerry Business Cloud Services was available for Office 365 customers. Key features: Wireless synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Online email, calendar and organizer data from a BlackBerry smartphone BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, which presents a…


Day two at ukgovcamp 2012

We’ve been attending UK GovCamp, an ‘unconference’ that aims to bring together public sector professionals to discuss best practice use of technology. The event lasts 2 days, read our day one wrap-up post to see what happened yesterday.   As with yesterday and in the true ‘unconferencing’ style, the tracks were decided by the attendees. First…


Day one at ukgovcamp 2012

Microsoft plays host again today to ukgovcamp, an ‘unconference’ that aims to bring together public sector professionals to discuss best practice use of technology. The event was sold out long ago, and with over 330 delegates registered to attend across the two days, it promised to be an unparalleled gathering of those looking to make…


Government Gateway: A model for e-government service (plus events for your diary)

​Whilst the concept of online transactions is now a mainstream activity for most consumer organisations, designing and building this type of online service in government presents unique challenges. Unlike online banks, or eBay or Amazon, an online government transaction platform has to be designed with inter-agency operation in mind from the very beginning – which…


Govcamp 2012 preview

With just over a week to go until Govcamp2012, we’re taking a quick look at what we can look forward to on 20th and 21st January! UKGovcamp is all about people making the time to talk, listen and think about how digital changes the way the UK government works. Conversations around this digital change have…

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Get Online @ Home – benefits for local government

In the UK there are still 8.4 million people who have yet to use the Internet and 5% of schoolchildren do not have access to a PC at home to assist with their education and learning. As initiatives go, ones which provide computers for as little as £99, are winners. That is exactly what the…

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Cloud powered forms reap benefits for councils

When it comes to interacting with government agencies, I am sure many of us think of stacks of complex, multi-page forms asking for information on all sorts of aspects of our lives. IEG 4, an innovative company based in the UK, is making this a thing of the past for local authorities. Through the use…


What’s next for wireless broadband?

Recently, at the ITU Telecom World 2011 in Geneva, Microsoft, along with several partners including Neul, the University of Strathclyde, Steepest Ascent, and Inveneo, demonstrated innovative new wireless technology. Described as “Super Wi-Fi” by some, it shows how unused TV and other spectrum could be used to connect some of the more than two billion people in…