Unified Communications: Why ET no longer phones home

Sometimes it takes decades for an established technology to become obsolete, at other times the realisation sinks in all at once. Take the telephone switchboard; relied on the world over for the best part of century but now, like the landline itself, being replaced by a smarter, more environmentally-friendly solution.  Unified or Universal Communications (‘UC’…

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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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Public Sector case studies for Budget day

Well, the 2013 budget has finished and while the dust is settling on the key points from the Chancellor’s speech, We’ve compiled some great case studies from the UK public sector to share with you which demonstrate excellent examples of cost saving… How to save money and… …reduce carbon footprint Leicester City CouncilCity Council Makes Significant Savings…

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Tablets that mean business – Windows 8 helping cut the total cost of ownership

There is no doubt that Windows 8 is the new kid on the block as far as operating systems are concerned. It’s still in its infancy and, as a result, people are just beginning to realise its vast potential. Dell are one of those companies who are currently producing a selection of great devices to…

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The Anywhere Working Parliamentary reception – the future looks flexible!

Visiting the Houses of Parliament is always a pleasure… actually, now I think of it, I’ve never been before… so my first ever visit was very exciting! The reason for attending? A parliamentary reception for the Anywhere Working Campaign. And, if you want to get symbolic about it, the very fact that the growing topic…

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Anywhere Working – how to work where and how you want

Off the back of the Parliamentary reception for the Anywhere Working campaign and as Office 365 for business is launching today, we thought we’d share this lovely video with you… Do you have a flexible working policy in your organisation? If not, check out this fab video out: Posted by HowardContent and Communities Manager, Microsoft Public Sector

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Africa reaps the reward of new innovative high-speed broadband

Every now and then a story comes along which warms your heart (and lets face it, it’s cold out there at the moment) – and the 4Afrika initiative by Microsoft is one of them. It’s something we simply had to share with our Government audience. Besides, it’s a great example of how tech innovation can help change lives…

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North Wales Police deploy Lync to save lives

Through the use of Unified Communications and Microsoft Lync, North Wales Police has been able to dramatically improve their ability to respond to critical incidents and support their local communities. It’s also led to a minor revolution in their ways of communicating with other the emergency services. Here is their experience in their own words…

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