Winter 2013


Editor: Amber Stokes
Publication manager: Andy Clayton-Smith

The Winter 2013 issue of Touch is out now, focusing on Microsoft technology in government, healthcare, education and public safety and national security. In this issue we talk to Intel’s Gordon Graylish to find out how the company is working closely with Microsoft to deliver innovative mobile solutions to governments worldwide that are helping to meet the needs of the new, empowered citizen.

Elsewhere in the magazine, we also take a look at how momentum is growing for Microsoft’s CityNext initiative, as more cities across the globe embrace the people-centric solutions currently on offer that are helping to transform the way public sector organisations operate and deliver services. In our features, we talk to Microsoft’s Neil Jordan and Anthony Salcito to explore how Microsoft and its partners are delivering such solutions in healthcare and education.

Magazine highlights


Providing better access to care

Providing better access to care

New technology solutions are not only helping clinicians to deliver better care directly to wherever the patient is, but they are also empowering patients to take more responsibility of their health. Amber Stokes reports

Intelligent education

Intelligent education

Cherie Rowlands finds out how the effective use of analytics can improve student performance and enable efficiencies, in and outside of the classroom

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Three ways to reimagine healthcare

At EHI Live 2013, Microsoft’s chief envisioning officer Dave Coplin explained how technology can help improve the way healthcare providers work. Jesse Stanchak reports

Cover story

Redefining government mobility

Redefining government mobility

In order to provide citizens with the services they need, governments need mobile solutions that combine performance with freedom. Amber Stokes finds out how Intel is working closely with Microsoft to deliver this

In practice
Playing for Success Netherlands

We highlight the impact innovative Microsoft and partner technology is having on public sector organisations across EMEA, including children's learning scheme Playing for Success Netherlands, independent UK energy deal comparison service Lumina, Spain's Ministry of Labour and Social Security, UK transportation company Tube Lines and Infanta Leonor Hospital in Spain.


Reducing crime with big data solutions

Microsoft’s Andrew Hawkins explains how law enforcement agencies can improve the way they collect and analyse large volumes of data to make well-informed decisions

The best of both worlds

Nicholas Banks at IronKey Solutions discusses how the demand for mobile working is growing in the health sector and how Windows To Go can improve both security and productivity for health workers

Redefining IT for healthcare

Ruud Koster explains how Dell PowerEdge VRTX, a new mini data centre powered by Microsoft technology, can help healthcare organisations process more data, cut costs and subsequently deliver improved care

Big Data View Point

A roundup of the latest public sector technology announcements, including the developments in Microsoft’s CityNext initiative that were announced at this year’s Smart City Expo World Congress, how the use of Esri technology is helping Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines, and how UK healthcare providers are using Microsoft and partner technology to improve care

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Touch is the latest addition to our suite of Microsoft industry publications and the new authority on public sector activity within the EMEA region. With news, case studies, thought leadership and features, the title offers insight into the technology advances being made by Microsoft and its partner ecosystem to offer solutions and services that make a difference.