Enjoy a Merry ‘Green’ Christmas

The Microsoft UK Government blog is now going on a short break until January 3, 2008. All contributors to this blog wish you a Merry Christms and a Happy New Year. Before we ‘sign off’ for the year, I thought we would return to one of the topics we have featured regularly in the blog…

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Government and Data Security – Groundhog Day

25 million personal records lost by HMRC; 7600 driver records lost by the DVA of Northern Ireland; 3 million UK learner driver records go missing in Iowa. In certain areas of government it probably feels like Groundhog Day, where you keep reliving the same day over and over again. Much has been written on the…

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Windows Vista SP1 is coming…

One for IT Managers: We’ve announced that Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista will be released in the first quarter 2008, which is good news for those who are waiting for this before doing widescale deployments of the new operating system across your departments. In advance of that, the beta is available now on MSDN…

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How Can Data Centres Go Green?

During the recent Microsoft IT Forum in Barcelona I attended a panel discussion on the green data centre. The panel featured many of the key industry influencers (AMD, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and Citigroup), whose research and product development has implications for the implementations of data centres worldwide.   The first discussion focused on the actual…

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Identity Management – now for some good news

Recent high profile news about identity theft and the problems of keeping identity information secure has mostly been bad. The media coverage on the HMRC lost data discs story has almost certainly shaken public confidence in the security of their personal information online. Now for some good news: Government Gateway is working with vendors such…

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Virtually Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

A few years ago, Nicholas Carr (a former editor of Harvard Business Review) set the cat amongst the pigeons with his thought-provoking book – Does IT Matter. With this book, Nicholas Carr forced us to re-examine some of our most basic assumptions about IT and business value and now he’s at it again with the…

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The PABX is dead

Now that I have your attention with that rather sensationalist headline, let me explain: Tayside Fire & Rescue is one of eight fire authorities in Scotland, providing emergency services to over 400,000 people in an area covering 7000 square kilometres, whose PBX telephony system was proving costly to maintain and adapt to their changing communication…

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IT Forum: SQL Server 2008

Yes, I know you might still think of SQL 2005 as a new product, but SQL 2008 is nearly with us and there are many reasons why people are looking to upgrade.  There was a useful session at IT Forum which looked at the release of SQL 2008, and explored the new facilities that it…

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