Who will be the UK Digital City of the Year? Finalists announced!

This year Microsoft and the Municipal Journal are teaming up to present the first ever UK Digital City of the Year award, honouring the city or city region best deploying a people-first initiative that transforms services, engages citizens and accelerates growth.  The judges have spent the past two months combing through the submissions and now,…

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Transform the Datacentre: Discover how cloud tools are shaping the future of IT

Ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Borough of Newham Council needed to accomplish two seemingly opposing goals. It needed to improve staff productivity by giving them remote access to data – but it also needed to find a way to reduce IT costs. By moving to a private cloud solution the council…

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Microsoft CityNext: Is your city the UK Digital City of the Year?

Guest Blogger: Neil Carter, Head of Local and Regional Government, Microsoft UK Growing faster than ever before, cities are economic and cultural hubs that drive economies and environmental change. But today’s cities also face unprecedented challenges. Microsoft believes the answers to these challenges lie in people — in government or local businesses, and even everyday…

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Week in government tech: What are the leading causes of IT failure in the public sector?

The government put forward a set of consultation proposals for a  “consistent, single set of SME-friendly principles” for public sector procurement, as part of a continued effort to make it easier for the U.K. small businesses to compete for government contracts. Some of the proposals include standardising requirements for high-value contracts and doing away with…

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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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Civil Service Live 2013. Government Reimagined – the evidence

Civil Service Live 2013 – Wednesday July 3rd, 11:00AM Conference Room 3 – Olympia Conference Centre, London Microsoft is hosting a lively panel discussion at Civil Service Live next week that will feature leaders from across local and central Government that have successfully delivered transformational change. You will hear Public Sector leaders talk about the…

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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 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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