Is Microsoft Office 365 right for your organisation?

More than ever before, every penny of IT spend needs to be justified. Taking an evidenced based approach to making crucial IT decisions will help remove risk and manage cost while understanding where cloud services can support and develop your existing strategy.  Microsoft Office 365 isn’t a one size fits all offering and there are…

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How the cloud is future-proofing IT at the UK Supreme Court

When the UK Supreme Court began operating in 2009, it inherited an IT infrastructure from the Ministry of Justice that simply didn’t meet the new court’s needs. The Ministry of Justice employs 80,000 people and its IT wasn’t able to deliver the flexibility, reporting capability and cost savings the new court needed.  The court needed…

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Help the UK stay safe on Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is just around the corner. Last year’s Cyber Monday saw UK online sales increase 31.6% compared with the year before – and the average user spent more than £81.17. All of that online shopping is a huge boon to the UK economy, but it relies on a strong foundation of trust. Shoppers need…

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What’s driving the development of Future Intelligent Cities?

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that local governments all across the UK are using the latest technology to transform their services, engage citizens and accelerate economic growth. It’s clear that local government offices need to adapt, making better use of technology to meet the challenges ahead. But how does that…

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Whatever happened to Building 6?

Back in 1998, Microsoft opened its first headquarters outside of the US, at Thames Valley Park. Starting with just a single building, the site expanded steadily with a 5th building opening in 2008 and a 6th considered all but inevitable within the next few years. So what exactly became of it? Working the problem The…

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Unified Communications: Why ET no longer phones home

Sometimes it takes decades for an established technology to become obsolete, at other times the realisation sinks in all at once. Take the telephone switchboard; relied on the world over for the best part of century but now, like the landline itself, being replaced by a smarter, more environmentally-friendly solution.  Unified or Universal Communications (‘UC’…

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Intelligent Lighting: How Microsoft UK shed 60,000 Kgs of C02 emissions with a single switch

From a plant’s root system to your own blood supply, networking is one of nature’s basic laws that has transferred almost seamlessly into the digital world. These days, just about anything electronic works better when linked to other devices doing a similar job, and Microsoft is now successfully applying that principle to lighting.  Trials of…

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2014 – The year Microsoft achieved carbon neutrality

The concept of carbon neutrality as a realistic business objective was only dreamed up in the late 90’s. Hardly surprising then that so few global businesses have so far reached this ambitious target. Nevertheless, in 2014, less than two years after committing to the principle, Microsoft is now achieving it.    What is carbon neutrality? Carbon…

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Why UCAS looks to the cloud on results day

On results day, no website matters more to University-bound youth than UCAS’.  For most of the year, UCAS’ website sees steady traffic, but their page views spike when results day rolls around. Last year it attracted more than 5 million page views. UCAS needs its Web hosting to be: Reliable, even during a surge in…

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Learn the 5 keys to managing a successful public sector IT overhaul

When the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom became operational in 2009, it faced a lot of challenges, including the existing IT provisioned by the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry is a much larger organisation with fundamentally different IT needs.  The new Supreme Court needed an agile, cost-effective solution that could keep up with its…

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