Microsoft CityNext: What does Big Data mean for the future of cities?

Transformation is a major theme of Microsoft CityNext. To meet the unique challenges faced by urban areas, local governments must find new and better ways of doing business, instead of trying to simply do the same old thing a little bit better. But it’s one thing to say cities will need to transform. It’s another…

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4 common misconceptions about the cloud – and how they’re holding back your organisation

Cloud services may be big business – but the benefits of the cloud are not always well understood. Many non-technical leaders harbour misconceptions about the cloud that make it difficult to take full advantage of everything a cloud services platform can offer. At the recent EHI Live show, Richard Conway, Director of Microsoft Partner Elastacloud,…

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How the Scottish Government learned to love flexible working

This post is by Pamela Mundt from Microsoft’s Edinburgh office. Earlier this year, we invited our Government and Health customers to Microsoft in Edinburgh for an information and networking event. The goal of the day was to create an open and informal conversation that was dynamic, interesting and insightful. Looking at what is important to…

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Microsoft City Next: How UK local governments are turning to citizens to help clean up their streets

Local governments across the UK are being told they need to do more with less. But to get the kind of results they’re after, local authorities can’t just go on squeezing additional efficiency out of business-as-usual – they need to do new with less instead. They have to truly transform their approach to service delivery…

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Watch how Windows 8 mobile devices are making repairs to the London Underground easier than ever

Maintaining the 150-year-old infrastructure in London’s Underground network is no easy task. The workers at Tube Lines have to move people, equipment and materials into the tunnels each night to perform the necessary work on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines. They’ve only got about 4 hours to do their repairs, however, so speed is…

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How did West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue increase productivity by 35% after five minutes of training?

Check your pocket. You’ve got a smartphone, right? It handles e-mail and texts and photos and instant messages — and it just happens to also send and receive phone calls. Now look at your desk. You’ve got a phone there, right? Does it handle instant messages? Does it handle video chats? Does share documents? No….

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How an app no one uses could be endangering your IT security

In just under five months, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP – and running XP after 8 April carries significant security risks. Yet many UK government offices are still relying on the 12-year-old operating system, which means that the race is on to migrate government machines to a modern operating system like Windows 7…

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Migrating from Windows XP SP3 & Office 2003? Learn how support can make the shift easier

Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 will end in April 2014. As organisations move to newer, supported Windows and Office versions, they are faced with many challenges. These challenges include not only completing the technical implementation quickly and within budget, but also supporting employees post-migration. Both the business and employees expect a smooth transition;…

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Microsoft CityNext: Learn the 5 stages of healthy cities

Cities have the potential to become economic engines, accelerating growth and creating opportunity throughout the UK. But their productivity and their sustainability is tied to the health of their citizens. Local governments and health organisations must work closely together, as they have a unique opportunity to affect sweeping changes in citizen health. Of course, they…

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Microsoft CityNext: “Innovation needs investment, even in challenging times”

By Derrick McCourt, head of Public Sector, Microsoft UK This year’s iNetwork Winter Conference in Manchester was filled with great stories. On the one hand, it was the start of our discussion of the Microsoft CityNext story here in the UK. But it was also filled with compelling real-life success stories from a variety of…

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