Microsoft CityNext: How Merseytravel lowered costs and improved service by digitising their training programs

Merseyside Passenger Transport Authority, known as Merseytravel, manages 3,000 transit employees across Liverpool and the Merseyside area. It has to comply with reams of health and safety laws and regulations, which means employee training is a vital and ongoing need. But Merseytravel’s training process relied heavily on hard copies of documents that were hard to…


How digital democracy – and the digital divide – could shape the future of UK politics

Technology has the potential to transform parliamentary democracy in the UK. But what will that transformation look like? To find out, Microsoft partnered with Model Westminster and the Parliamentary Outreach Service on an event introducing young people to the policy making process. It was an amazing opportunity to hear first-hand what our digital natives are…

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See Satya Nadella make his first UK appearance at Future Decoded

Have you heard the news? On 10 November, Satya Nadella will be giving his first-ever UK speech as CEO of Microsoft. Satya is coming to share his vision of a mobile-first, cloud-first world – and to explore how those changes align with Microsoft’s goal of helping people everywhere achieve more. There’s no question that the…


Why your meetings are broken – and what you can do to fix them

Meetings can be the best part of your day — or the absolute worst. They can be great tools for sharing information, sparking innovation and assigning tasks. Or they can be a complete waste of time. Whether good or bad, meetings can have profound effects on an organisation. So what separates the positive from the…

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Get Online @ Home offers free PCs with 12-month broadband signup to combat the digital divide

It’s not hard to see how the digital divide is hampering the UK’s economic growth and making it harder for local governments to provide services at a lower cost online. Did you know? 6.4 million Brits do not use the internet. 9.5 million Brits lack basic online skills. 500,000 disadvantaged schoolchildren are without home internet…

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Could you work from a bus all day? This guy makes it look easy!

Conversations about flexible working too often fall into the trap of using “anywhere working” as a synonym for “working from home.” Why is that?  Flexible working is about so much more than ability to work from home in your pyjamas. It’s about being able to work wherever you’re most productive — and being able to…


Civil Service Live 2014: 5 principles for the future of government from Francis Maude

Civil Service Live 2014 was full of memorable moments, but the presence of some of the UK’s most important and influential civil servants was a definite highlight. The event gives civil servants rare access to talks from some of the biggest names in their field, such as Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude, sharing…