It turns out mobile working isn’t just convenient – it’s a cost-saver too

It’s easy to fall into the trap of treating the IT department like the A&E at the local Hospital – you only pay it any mind when something’s gone wrong. That’s the position West Sussex County Council found itself in for years, as aging infrastructure hampered staff capabilities. Something had to change. “Until 2009, IT…

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Why the Scottish Government is turning to tablets to get more done

Mobile working in a flexible, collaborative environment is the future of public sector productivity – and the Scottish Government is looking to lead the way. Like all public sector organisations, the Scottish Government needed to find ways to reduce costs while improving services – mobile working offers a way to accomplish goals at once. The…

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The call that’s going to save the Scottish Borders Council £1 million

Cutting a £1 million from an organisation’s budget over the course of three years is no mean feat. Those kinds of savings usually come with a hefty cost – fewer staff, shuttered programs, lost resources, etc. But sometimes it can come from replacing an old, inefficient system – like a traditional telephone system – with…

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How much money is outdated software costing your organisation?

It’s natural to consider costs when mulling a technology upgrade – but it’s important to look at the whole picture. Older software is harder to support, since it’s less secure (being designed for the security threats of 12 years ago) and isn’t optimized for today’s workloads. As this mini-infographic shows, over time that “bargain” piece…

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Free webinar: Welsh Government shares its digital delivery and cost-cutting secret

Public sector organisations are all under pressure to deliver more services ‘digital by default’ for less. Impossible? Not at all. The Welsh Assembly found a way to do both for 200 services, consolidating 8 inefficient systems into a single workflow that met the needs of 29 different government offices. Want to know how they did…

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Week in Gov. Tech: G-Cloud sales figures hold steady -- but is procurement getting any easier?

Top Story: Cost-cutting, not performance, is still the primary driver in local government technology decisions, a survey of public sector technology executives finds.  The market for local government solutions is complex and fragmented, and IT decision-makers say deploying shared-services solutions have proved difficult because of organisational silos, according to the report by RPC Consulting. “The problem is…

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Working faster or working better: Which saves public sector orgs more money in the long run?

It’s no secret that government organisations are under pressure to cut costs. But in the rush to save money, it’s important not to lose sight of the difference t between efficiency and effectiveness. Customer service in the public sector is a marathon, not a sprint. Most businesses enjoy relatively short relationships with their customers, no…

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London Council Uses Private Cloud to Cut Costs and Support Flexible Working

Driving down costs and increasing efficiencies are challenges shared by all local authorities in the UK.Newham Council is transforming its work style and making efficiency savings through the Microsoft private cloud, using the new features in the Windows Server 2012 operating system and Microsoft System Center 2012. The London Olympic and Paralympic Games, which took…

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Social Tools in the Workplace

Microsoft research released on 27th May reports that almost half of employees believe that social tools used in the workplace aid their productivity but interestingly, more than 30 percent of companies underestimate the value of these tools and therefore place restrictions upon their use by employees. For the public sector, this also affects how government…

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Smart buildings save energy and money

In my January blog post, I first discussed the results of Microsoft’s groundbreaking Energy Smart Buildings project. Since then, the program was named a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate, an honour given to visionary IT applications that promote positive social and economic change. The program’s success – based on the vision of Darrell Smith, our Director…

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