Did you know Microsoft has open government initiatives worldwide?

Open government initiatives are currently going on all over the world. As I look around to see all the data that is publicly available, it amazes me of how far our governments have come along to promote transparency, connect and engage with citizens, and to realise the full potential of mobile, social media, crowdsourcing and…

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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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Moving to the cloud on your terms – 17 May 2012

Local Authorities and Police Forces are increasingly looking at Cloud services to increase efficiency and collaboration, whilst reducing the cost and burden of delivering integrated and collaborative applications to their users. However, there are understandable questions about Cloud services over potential security, data residency and integration implications. Why not find out more at this executive…

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Worldwide Government Solutions Forum 2012 - Government Digital Services

The demands that governments are facing from their citizens and workers are changing and it has become crucial for governments to look for new technologies as a catalyst to help them overcome these hurdles with fewer resources. Turning to Cloud computing services can make it dramatically easier and cheaper for governments to deploy new applications,…

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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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Microsoft appointed to Government’s ‘G-Cloud’ Framework

Microsoft has today been appointed to the Government Procurement Services’ ‘G-Cloud’ Framework following the completion of the formal bid process. The business has been successfully appointed on all four Lots: IaaS, PaaS, SaaS as well as cloud consulting services. In addition, a number of Microsoft’s UK SME partners have also won a place as part…

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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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Smarter Government - See you at SOCITM 2011

We are looking forward to meeting many of you at the SOCITM 2011 conference next week. It runs from November 29 to December 1 at Birmingham’s NEC. Microsoft is attending SOCITM 2011 as a sponsor and exhibitor together with a selection of our public sector solution partners. We hope to see many of you at the ‘Designing…

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Smarter Government – Windows Azure drives innovative use of open data

Open data is driving both innovative applications and the practical use of cloud computing. A colleague has just brought me up to speed on how a variety of public sector organisations are using Windows Azure to enable citizen connection, the provisioning of open data and Government-as-a-Service applications. The momentum is definitely building for Windows Azure…

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