There’s probably never been a more challenging time to be in government, at any level. Doing more with less doesn’t really cover it. Not only have budgets been cut,  but there are more and more core activities that government  IT organisations have to support and which need to be accessed at ever more places at even more times.

Global Knowledge are specialists in delivering tailored courses & certified vendor programmes in areas of IT and business skills to both public and private sector companies across the UK.

Our aim is to enable our customers to be successful by maximising the potential of existing data and applications. This provides rapid return on investment, reduced costs, improved productivity and efficiency, and the ability to manage operational risk.

Phoenix Datacom continues to grow as the leading independent specialist supplier in the UK and Ireland of products and services related to monitoring, testing and analysis of network performance and security.

As well as delivering efficiency savings, flexible working has the potential to deliver a better work life balance for local government workers. GT magazine talks to Neil Prior, head of Local Government Futures Forum at O2, about sharing its own flexible working experiences, and about its recent research, which examined the wider role of IT as an enabler for change.

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Set3 Solutions specialise in the complete suite of tools from ManageEngine, the leading provider of cost-effective enterprise IT management software. The ManageEngine suite offers solutions including Network Management, ITIL HelpDesk, Bandwidth Monitoring, Application Management, Desktop Management, Security Management, Password Management and Active Directory reporting.

Web 2.0, social media, mobility and cloud computing have dramatically changed the IT landscape and introduced new security threats into government networks. Now traditional firewalls are coming up short as protocol and port number classifications have been rendered ineffective in blocking threats. Many applications are now delivered over the Web sharing common ports and HTTP or HTTPS protocols. This effectively leaves traditional firewalls blind to these applications and unable to prioritize productive and secure versus unproductive and potentially insecure traffic.

IA in context: why professionalism in IA is part of the UK Government’s Cyber Security Strategy
By Richard Pharro, CEO, The APM Group
The UK Cyber Security Strategy, published in November 2011 by The Cabinet Office, states that one of the Government’s key objectives is to encourage, support and develop education for Information Assurance professionals.

In 2011, License Dashboard presented the Cabinet Office with a proposal to save £50 million across UK Government through better software management.  It’s an impressive figure, but what’s behind it and how can organisations in the public sector really make substantial savings on their software expenditure?

set3 Solutions specialise in the complete suite of tools from ManageEngine, the leading provider of cost-effective enterprise IT management software.

Diskeeper Corporation’s family of innovative enterprise-class software products for VMware® and Windows® are relied upon by more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies and more than 67% of The Forbes Global 100, as well as thousands of enterprises, government agencies, independent software vendors (ISVs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and home offices worldwide. Their Flagship products include Diskeeper® performance software, V-locity® virtual platform optimizer and Undelete®

iCore is the largest independent IT Service Management Consultancy in the UK.  iCore has a long and impressive track record for providing pragmatic consulting solutions that deliver and embed effective IT service delivery and reduce the cost of provisioning the operational services without compromising the experience of the end user.

Efficiency, cost reduction and rapid deployment are all key drivers behind the UK Government’s G-Cloud strategy. The 2011 ICT strategy also identifies the role cloud technologies can play in improving collaborative working and ensuring policy formation and service design are developed in consultation with the public.

Market research shows that 70% of the UK’s job seekers are using the internet to source their next role.  Online job boards are a popular source for organisations requiring good quality candidates.

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