Archive for January, 2013

UK Schools to save £10m in Microsoft licensing costs

January 25th, 2013

Schools across the UK could save an estimated £10m on licensing costs over the next three years, under an agreement between Microsoft and the UK’s Department for Education (DfE).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement, which began on 1 January 2013, will give UK schools the opportunity to buy Microsoft academic software at improved discounts and under better licensing terms. Part of the agreement will involve Microsoft factoring freeware into the arrangement. According to the DfE, the MoU will enable schools to use more of their budget on teaching instead of back office administration, although a complete breakdown of how schools will reach the £10m in savings has not yet been revealed.

The negotiations between Microsoft and the DfE, led by Government Procurement Service (GPS), build on an existing arrangement that has operated with the supplier since 2004.

Tesco rolls out Microsoft Office 365

January 13th, 2013

Tesco has signed a deal to roll-out Microsoft Office 365 across its Europe and Asian operations. Mike McNamara, Tesco CIO, said the deal would encourage a culture shift to more flexible working. “We want to put technology in the hands of all our colleagues, whether in the store, distribution centre or office, so they can create value for our customers,” he said.

He added:  “This will allow our colleagues to engage with each other and deliver a great shopping experience on any channel, as well as encouraging colleagues to share, reuse, and reward ideas and expertise.”

Happy New Year

January 1st, 2013

It’s 2013.

Can you believe it? Where did 2012 go? The World’s economy is still in a fragile state. Some governments still have their heads in the sand when it comes to getting a grip on reality, and printing money on the scale we’ve seen it recently will just make matters worse.

OK. Enough of a rant. Let’s look forward to a better year, to sanity prevailing in all markets and to having some fun even if there remains gloomy economic clouds overhead.