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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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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5 free events for IT Pros looking to master the cloud

Cloud tools are rewriting the rules faster than most IT departments can keep up. Whether you’re a cloud novice or an IT Pro on the cutting edge, continuing education is a must, as new benefits and best practices constantly emerge. Need a hand getting up to speed? Join Microsoft for one of our free cloud…

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See Satya Nadella make his first UK appearance at Future Decoded

Have you heard the news? On 10 November, Satya Nadella will be giving his first-ever UK speech as CEO of Microsoft. Satya is coming to share his vision of a mobile-first, cloud-first world – and to explore how those changes align with Microsoft’s goal of helping people everywhere achieve more. There’s no question that the…

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Everything fit for purpose: A new approach to device standardisation

Microsoft’s Richard Shipton knows a thing or two about Government IT, having spent time working as a CTO in the UK government. At the recent Government Mobility conference, he told attendees that during his time in service, he began to notice a pattern. When a new employee started, they were presented with a standard-issue work…

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The how of the cloud: Some FAQs on tackling cloud projects

Do you have some questions about your organisation’s cloud journey? These answers might help. If I’m thinking of driving my public sector organisation towards using the cloud, where do I start?  Select some small projects, identify low hanging fruit and do some trialling, generate proof of concepts. Start with a group of users who need…

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FAQ: What Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 OFFICIAL accreditation means for your organisation

Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 now hold the UK Government’s recently launched “OFFICIAL” accreditation. What does that mean? It means that Microsoft Azure, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service cloud computing platform, and Office 365, Microsoft’s public cloud productivity suite for e-mail, collaboration and unified communications, are now accredited to hold or transact public sector data for…

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Poll: “Bored” by the cloud? Here’s what you might be missing

Government Computing’s “How of the Cloud” site recently asked visitors an important question about public sector technology: In 2012, 49% of ICT Decision Makers were excited about the public cloud. How do you feel today? The results are intriguing: That’s right – 31.9% of the 142 people responding to the poll say they’re bored by…

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Free event: Learn to find the insights hiding in your organisations’ data

You’ve always known there were insights hiding in your organisations’ data. There are patterns in how your organisation consumes resources, how it delivers services and even how it manages employees. Those patterns were always there, but they’re easy to miss in the rush of new files your office creates each day. Getting access to those…

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