Microsoft CityNext: Discover the future of efficient local government with London Borough of Newham

Faced with a tight budget, London Borough of Newham needed to transform the way it delivered local services to become more efficient and responsive. Using a people-first, digital-by-default approach to citizen services, the council was able to improve housing quality and help more people find work, all while saving money.  Now Newham is saving £10 million per…

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Microsoft CityNext: How technology is transforming Cambridgeshire Police

When people talk about the pressures facing government offices, they often focus on a tiny piece of the puzzle: trimming this year’s budget, adopting this year’s new technology or meeting the citizen needs in the near term. The trouble with that approach is it ignores all those factors are intertwined and ongoing. New technologies, new…

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Free event: Learn to get more from your existing workflow investments

Pop quiz: When you get frustrated with a work project’s slow progress, do you blame: Your co-workers. Yourself. Your software. Your boss Your workflow. It’s tempting to blame a holdup on a lazy co-worker or even your boss. But often the trouble isn’t the people or even the tools they’re using – it’s the workflow…

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Event: Taking Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Project Server to the next level

Microsoft SharePoint can play a vital role in many areas of a business. Whether your organisation needs to improve business intelligence, business automation, project management or maintaining websites or intranet portals, SharePoint can make it easier to manage and share information. But how can you be sure your team is getting the most out of…

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Wiltshire Council cuts costs and boosts productivity by migrating 4,500 staff to cloud computing

Wiltshire Council wanted to continue its IT transformation strategy by embracing cloud-based computing. The council is the first in the UK to complete an enterprise-wide implementation of Microsoft Office 365 for all employees. Since 2009, it has cut IT spending from around £20 million to just £15 million a year. Investment in the Microsoft platform,…

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services launches PSN360

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services (FCOS) has just announced a set of secure services delivered over the Government Secure Internet (GSI) or Public Services Network (PSN), based on Microsoft’s technology – Microsoft Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Dynamics CRM and Lync – available through the G-Cloud Framework and Cloudstore. Here is the press release for more details……

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Energized! - A blog from our Worldwide team...

Here’s a great blog from our colleague Laura Ipsen (Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector) that we thought we’d share with you, enjoy!… As we transform into a devices and services company and look to the year ahead leading the Worldwide Public Sector business, I am energized by our opportunity to have a Real Impact…

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Council boosts collaboration and customer service with business management software

Plymouth City Council is facing a big social challenge – a 16-year life expectancy gap between the east and west of the city. Addressing this issue requires all services – including social and health care, policing, and housing – to work closely together. To achieve this, the council needs to update its disparate systems and…

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Microsoft cited as leader in cloud collaboration by independent research firm

Forrester Research, Inc., has named Microsoft as a leader in the cloud collaboration market in its August 2012 report entitled “The Forrester WaveTM: Cloud Strategies of Online Collaboration Software Vendors, Q3 2012.” Among eight vendors, Microsoft’s Office 365, which includes SharePoint Online, earned the highest score for “Current Offering.” Recent Microsoft acquisition Yammer landed the top score…

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The Shared Learning Group is now in the Clouds

The SLG (Shared Learning Group) consists of 3 London Boroughs, 3 city councils, 2 county councils, 2 Metropolitan Councils and an independent state government all working in collaboration with Microsoft to share best practice and knowledge. Members seek to improve citizen experiences of councils through jointly delivering business-driven innovative solutions with ICT as the key…

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