Week in government tech: SMEs take more than 50% of G-Cloud sales; experts predict cybersecurity crisis

Top story: The Cabinet Office says it is making progress toward its initial goal of having small-and-medium-sized enterprises command one-fourth of all central government contracts by 2015, leading to it increase that goal to 50%. The report finds 83% of G-Cloud iii suppliers are SMEs, and that the sector accounts for more than 60% of all G-Cloud sales…

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City of London improves customer satisfaction while sharing best practise with the SLG

The City of London is an ancient organisation using modern technology to deliver services to a large and complex range of constituents that includes local residents, visitors, small businesses, international corporations, embassies, and over 300,000 daily commuters. Previously, the city had no unified CRM system, with each department employing its own methods to store data,…

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Windows Azure Receives G-Cloud Impact Level 2 Accreditation from Cabinet Office for Use across the UK Public Sector

Microsoft’s cloud computing platform is now accredited to store and communicate data securely up to the UK Government’s Impact Level 2 classification. Reading, UK. — 04/04/13 —Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, has been awarded Impact Level 2 (IL2) accreditation, further enhancing Microsoft’s offerings on the current G-Cloud Framework and CloudStore. The IL2 rating will benefit…

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Public Sector Windows 8 Apps eBook

Over the past few weeks we have been compiling eight great public sector apps which can be found in the Windows 8/Windows Phone app store. The result is this handy guide which features details about each app, screenshots and information about our involved Partners. Featured in the Windows 8 app eBook are the following apps: Love…

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The sky’s the limit as opendata weather transactions hit 555,000 per month

The Coalition Government has made data and transparency defining themes of its agenda for this Parliament. The untapped potential in the economic value of data is a new opportunity. George Osborne announced a number of Open Data commitments in his 2011 Autumn Statement to help drive growth – including the publication of data from all…

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Metropolitan Police turn to Office 365 for Olympic support

The Metropolitan Police Service in London required easily accessible email for extra police officers during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To avoid costly capital expenditure on its existing infrastructure, the Met wanted to quickly provision these users and then remove the service when no longer required. Microsoft recommended the Office 365 platform with Microsoft…

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The big advantages of flexible working - radio interview with Microsoft's Dave Coplin

The very successful Anywhere Working Week (see #AWweek on Twitter) has come to an end. But it seems that government organisations are still divided about what flexible working brings to their workplace and, most importantly their productivity. Today’s Anywhere Working event at the London Transport Museum has been an excellent demonstration of how well flexible working (aka mobility/aka anywhere…

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Office 365 allows flexible working for all, slashes IT costs and enables a ‘paperless office’ for Wiltshire Council

The organisation has reduced IT budgets by more than 25 per cent with new deployments. London, UK. — Mar. 20, 2013 — Wiltshire Council has cemented its transformation from  5 local authorities in Wiltshire to a single Unitary Authority by moving a  significant IT service to the Cloud with Microsoft Office 365. The move, coupled…

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Microsoft on G-Cloud Webcast - Friday 8th March

Microsoft and our public sector partners offer a selection of services and solutions on the G-Cloud framework that can be purchased via the CloudStore. Our webcast – Microsoft on G-Cloud: what we offer, how to buy – on Friday March 8th, 2-3pm, will provide you with practical information and advice on what Microsoft offers from…

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Four cool R&D projects that are going to change your world

At a recent event at Microsoft Research Cambridge, a number of demos stood out. They address big problems and use new technology to solve them. Their relevance to public sector and business IT problems is obvious but they also have the potential to help change the world. Big data to big decisions. This unnamed prototype…

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