Windows for Submarines Part 2

My original blog posting on Windows for Submarines seems to have caused a bit of a stramash in the blogsphere.  The comments vary from Victor Meldrew ‘I don’t believe it’ incredulity about the potential for the blue screen of death (that’s the way the commentators put it, not me) to the recognition that it makes…

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The Fat Lady sings

“Ed the Fed” has written to me again. For those who are new to the blog, Ed’s a legend around here as the Microsoft UK Chief Cyber-Security Advisor. We call him “Ed the Fed”, because of his career history at the FBI and other places – which obviously makes him an ideal person to ask…

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Windows for Submarines

I acknowledge that the title for this blog posting is an intriguing concept but I thought it would get your attention better than the official project name – Submarine Command System Next Generation (SMCS NG). Windows for Submarines is the programme undertaken by the Royal Navy and BAE Systems to equip the nuclear-propelled and nuclear-armed…

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Digital Inclusion – Milton Keynes leads the way in Europe

On Monday, Milton Keynes Council won a European Union e-inclusion award in the Cultural Diversity Category. A UK ministerial delegation attended the e-inclusion award ceremony including the Deputy Digital Inclusion Minister Wayne David MP.  The council was selected for their innovative use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to help digitally and socially-disadvantaged citizens.  The programme they have put in…

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Transformational Government – Accelerate Your Programme

For the challenge of Transformational Government, four of our public sector partners are working in partnership and have developed an innovative solution to help local authorities accelerate their delivery of transformational government through more effective citizen services.   The Transformational Government strategy involves changing the way technology is used, moving away from standalone point solutions that address…

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The information leak tsunami – personal details of 280 million people lost

According to KPMG’s first Data Loss Barometer 280m people worldwide have lost personal details over the last three years, with almost a fifth (19%) of data loss incidents linked to government organisations. The fact is everyone who shares personal information online must expect to be a victim of data loss or theft at some point. …

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Live Meetings: Get more from your investment in Microsoft

We all know the ‘credit crunch’ is biting in all sectors of the economy, including the public sector. So, to give you the opportunity to keep informed on how and where Microsoft technology can help to reduce costs, lower carbon emissions and improve efficiency I am going to ask you to sit tight. Instead of…

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Virtualisation reduces new server provisioning to 3 minutes for Slough

Like many local authorities, Slough Borough Council needs to get the most from its investment in IT and do what can be done to reduce the cost of running their IT operations.  Faced with the complex challenge of providing more compute-power for users and applications whilst rapidly running out of datacentre space and facing environmental…

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Ed The Fed says "Stay safe out there"

I have a colleague, Ed, who’s a legend around here. He’s the Microsoft UK Chief Security Advisor. That’s a bit of a mouthful, which is why we call him “Ed the Fed”, because of his career history – which obviously makes him an ideal person to ask about security. (I was going to share a…

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Innovate08 – Local Authority Challenge

Microsoft and Local Government Chronicle have been running a competition, Innovate08, over the last couple of months to identify projects that have the potential to make a difference to local communities and can be enabled by technology. The four finalists will be coming along to the Innovate08 Day in London on Monday September 8th to…

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