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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Well on the way to Cloud

Half of respondents to the latest research into public sector and the Cloud feel positive towards using public cloud services for their organisation. Indeed, a majority of respondents to UKAuthority’s ‘G-Cloud, CloudStore & the future of public sector ICT’, identified Cloud benefits such as rapid piloting (65.1%) and flexible roll out of agile, innovative solutions…

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U.K. District Councils cut costs by creating a new company

Like many public sector entities in the UK, East Lindsey and South Holland District Councils are under a mandate to generate cost reductions. In some cases, these reductions have ranged up to 35 per cent of operating costs. To address this challenge, the councils created a company called Compass Point Business Services (CPBS) to provide…

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Digital by Default – Councils don’t have websites, they ARE websites

“Your council used to have a website – now your council is a website” was the thought-provoking assertion by social  entrepreneur and founder of mySociety Tom Steinberg at the recent SOCITM Building Perfect Council Websites 2012 event in Birmingham. Many local authorities already make extensive use of their website to deliver public services online to…

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Unlock the business value of information – Free webinar with the Register

Information is one of the most important assets of public sector organisations. Unlocking the value of information and making it available for citizens, regulators and management whilst avoiding any data privacy issues is a constant challenge. Microsoft and The Register have recently commissioned an independent study conducted by Freeform Dynamics on the challenges relating to Business…

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Smarter Government – Microsoft in Public Sector Live Meetings (Webinars)

We are running a series of ‘Microsoft in Public Sector’ Live Meetings (webinars) that will relate the application of Microsoft technology to key ICT drivers in the public sector – saving money, innovating with ICT-enabled public services and enabling more effective and secure collaboration with shared services. Find out more and register to participate in…

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Smarter Government – Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 ERP for Public Sector (Free White Paper)

According to one recent highly-respected analyst report*, 18% of the Public Sector ICT budget of £11.5 billion is invested in software and a further 51% in related business-process and application services.  Doing more with less now requires that public sector organisations modernise their workplaces and automate their business processes. This involves getting the right information…

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Smarter Government – London Councils share technology to achieve £11m in cashable savings

As a leader in public sector IT, London Borough of Newham wants to improve its service delivery and digital engagement with citizens, while reducing costs. By sharing services with the neighbouring local authority of Havering, Newham is pioneering a transformation in both councils with an online portal service, which is available to every resident, to encourage…

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Cloud Computing – Is Cloud-Computing Ready for Mission-Critical Apps?

This is one of many thought-provoking, informative articles on a new Microsoft website on the mission-critical enterprise.  It includes perspectives from a range of CIOs on the importance of business intelligence, collaboration and business applications to their operations.   This site gives IT and business leaders in commercial and public sector organisations insights into how Microsoft works with…

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