FAQ: What does CPA certification of Microsoft's VPN mean for your office?

Earlier this year, Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure were granted OFFICIAL accreditation by CESG. Ever since then, customers have been asking when Microsoft’s private cloud solutions would get the same treatment. Good news! Microsoft’s VPN stack, including Direct Access, is certified for use by UK Government offices for all OFFICIAL business. What certifications were…

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Infographic: Telling the final chapter of the Windows XP story

It’s almost time to say goodbye to Windows XP – the longest-supported operating system in Microsoft history. It’s never easy to say goodbye to an old friend — and XP now more than 12 years old. But the world has changed since 2001 and today’s IT environment is filled with challenges that no one could…

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The MOD has an ace up its sleeve in the battle against lost productivity

Is there anything more frustrating than an unexpected technology failure at work? You were flying along, being as productive as  you have ever been and then there is a system failure. Suddenly, you don’t have access to the one tool you need to do your job. Typical, really. You might as well go and get…

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Protecting citizens from cybercrime amid growing technology access

As UK citizens increasingly carry out their lives online — from maintaining social networks to making purchases to running businesses — unfortunately, many are also falling victim to cybercrime. And, it comes at a great cost. In fact, one recent report estimated that the total cost of cybercrime globally reaches more than $114 billion (USD) annually. It…

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Latest agenda for the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum, London (24th-25th April)

It’s less than a month to go now until the huge Worldwide Government Solutions Forum in London (24th-25th April). We thought we’d share the latest agenda with you – it’s packed full fantastic speakers and chances to do some great networking. Just see for yourself below…More soon – don’t forget, you can register here! Day…

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Why attend the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum in April?

Worldwide Government Solutions Forum, 24th-25th April 2012, Cardinal Place (Microsoft), London. It’s just under two months until the Worldwide Government Solutions Forum (GSF) rolls in to London. It’s theme this year is ‘efficiency and opportunity: how cloud and technology innovations are powering digital public services’. But how can the GSF be of benefit to here…

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Operational Efficiency - fall in love with your browser this Valentine's Day!

Love it or hate it, it’s that time of year again when the world goes all lovey-dubby. Valentine’s Day is upon us and it’s a time for reminding that special someone in your life how much you love them. Some would say a love for tech (or in this case software), can almost rival love for…

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Day two at ukgovcamp 2012

We’ve been attending UK GovCamp, an ‘unconference’ that aims to bring together public sector professionals to discuss best practice use of technology. The event lasts 2 days, read our day one wrap-up post to see what happened yesterday.   As with yesterday and in the true ‘unconferencing’ style, the tracks were decided by the attendees. First…

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Government Gateway: A model for e-government service (plus events for your diary)

​Whilst the concept of online transactions is now a mainstream activity for most consumer organisations, designing and building this type of online service in government presents unique challenges. Unlike online banks, or eBay or Amazon, an online government transaction platform has to be designed with inter-agency operation in mind from the very beginning – which…

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