GETTING SYSTEMS TO TALK TO EACH OTHER CUTS COSTS

Features: October 12th, 2012

The development of technology in the public sector to perform specific tasks has brought better services at a lower cost. It is now recognised that piecemeal development has drawbacks and that for greater efficiencies, systems must be brought together. This feature describes what happens when systems talk to systems.

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THE DAWN OF A NEW SUPER COMPUTING ERA

Features: October 5th, 2012

Super computing was formerly the preserve of organisations with a need for complex modelling or complicated simulations. The advent of the Cloud has changed the situation radically with the emergence of the high computing market (HPC). Andrew Bull explains what this means for public sector organisations and how they can benefit from this new ‘on demand’ facility to tackle such problems as work load peaks.

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OVERCOMING FEARS ABOUT OPEN SOURCE – A SUCCESS STORY

Features: September 28th, 2012

With a large proportion of government ICT spending moving to public cloud services by 2015, open source (OS) software must be implemented in the public sector. OS is a lower cost and more flexible solution compared to proprietary systems but there is still a reluctance to procure OS due to its short track record in this sector.

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IMPROVING IT EFFICIENCY AND SECURITY WITH REMOTE ACCESS

Features: September 14th, 2012

When staff are based in different locations, the costs of maintaining dispersed networks are always greater. From an operational point of view, the delay in fixing problems can be an additional and unwelcome overhead. In this article Peter Holmelin explains how remote access can provide rapid support that not only cuts costs, but also gives a more reliable service.

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THE PERFECT DATA STORM

Features: August 3rd, 2012

Public bodies hold vast amounts of data, but the value of this asset is unknown. What is certain is that the time of citizens and the money of taxpayers can be saved if the asset can be expoloited. Mikko Soirola explores the opportunities.

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THE VIDEO LEARNING REVOLUTION

Features: July 27th, 2012

Online video is changing the way that the world learns – bringing about a new cost-effective, on-demand era of learning and knowledge sharing. Stuart Bowness, CEO of MediaCore, explains how a new secure video learning platform allows organisations to harness the power of the video learning revolution.

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HMRC SAVES £126 MILLION & IMPROVES THE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Features: July 12th, 2012

The growth of online business across public sector organisations has been substantial in recent years, but perhaps the most rapid expansion has been in HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). This growth also created the need to move from legacy systems with all the problems this brings. This article explains how this was achieved.

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GREATER SAFETY FOR LONE WORKER IN THE FIELD

Features: July 6th, 2012

Jamie Ellwood of Bubble Tracker looks at the pros and cons of using apps and tracking as a way of monitoring staff movement and safety.

Unfortunately, the safety and well being of local authority staff has become an increasing cause for concern as many of these personnel work in isolation within the community, making them vulnerable to attack or accident. Often known as lone workers, council staff exposed to frequent risk include those working in health and social care as well as the housing and maintenance sectors.

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WHAT CAN PUBLIC SECTOR LEADERS LEARN FROM GREAT ATHELETES?

Features: June 22nd, 2012

There are similarities between sports and public sector organisations. Professor Graham Jones examines the reasons for the similarities and describes how a common approach to being the best can bring success in both spheres.

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HELP FOR FIREFIGHTERS WITH DYSLEXIA

Features: June 15th, 2012

Firefighters need a range of skills beyond firefighting. Many skills require reading and writing and dyslexia can be a severe handicap. This feature describes how technology has come to the rescue of fire and rescue services with text-to-speech software designed for people who struggle with reading and writing.

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