Microsoft CityNext: “Innovation needs investment, even in challenging times”

By Derrick McCourt, head of Public Sector, Microsoft UK This year’s iNetwork Winter Conference in Manchester was filled with great stories. On the one hand, it was the start of our discussion of the Microsoft CityNext story here in the UK. But it was also filled with compelling real-life success stories from a variety of…

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Public sector CIOs say innovation matters even more to government orgs

Public sector organisations across the UK are challenged by the current austerity environment, but leaders in those organisations need to see these challenges as opportunity to be more innovative, said two of the UK’s leading public sector IT figures at a recent event. Hampshire County Council CIO Jos Creese and UCLH director of ICT James…

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Week in government tech: Wireless Internet access comes to the A14 via ‘white space’ pilot

Remember how people used to talk about the Internet as an ‘information superhighway’ back in the early 1990s? Well that metaphor is coming to life on the A14 between Felixstowe and Cambridge, where wireless Internet access is being deployed. The service isn’t just meant to a perk for commuters or a tool for sharing traffic information. It’s a…

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Week in government tech: G-Cloud 4 open for signups; researchers show how speed can help control IT costs

Top Story: Suppliers can now sign up for G-Cloud 4, according to the Government Digital Service. The latest version features a number of improvements to the Invitation to Tender process, making it easier for new suppliers to apply and including additional options for uploading documents for the submission process. Suppliers have until 23 September to…

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Tube Lines empowers staff with mobile computing, improves service

First responder teams at Tube Lines work all day, every day, to ensure safe and timely travel on the London Underground. Tube Lines is re-architecting an iPad app to run as a touch-enabled app on Windows 8 tablets. With emergency data at their fingertips, responders work faster to protect passengers. Engineers also carry the tablets…

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The Consumer at Work: Creating the next generation of business applications

The first 60 years of business software has been focused on making operations more effective and efficient. However, outside work we now possess beautifully designed devices, which are easy to use and run a new generation of user centred software built on internet technologies. These devices and services are permeating every aspect of our lives…

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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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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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