Spring 2013


Editor: Amber Stokes
Publication manager: Andy Clayton-Smith

The Spring 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 find out how Microsoft partner KMS is helping healthcare organisations in Germany and beyond with a solution it has built using Microsoft SQL Azure, which pools data and allows healthcare providers to access it in an affordable way. Our special healthcare feature on page 22 builds on this story, detailing even more IT developments taking place, including Esri’s geo-medicine solutions.

You can also hear from Microsoft’s Stephen McGibbon on page 36, where he highlights the potential economic benefits of cloud computing for European businesses and consumers.

Magazine highlights

Cover story

Smart and sustainable

Smart and sustainable

Spanish ecocity Valdespartera takes advantage of real-time operations management solution from Invensys Wonderware Spain.

In practice

We take a look at successful Microsoft IT implementations across EMEA, including the rollout of Dell’s PowerEdge servers at BeteiligungsHolding Hanau, a SharePoint 2012 implementation at Nieuwegein and Saab’s security solution at Swedavia.


Thought leadership from Barcelona City Council’s Josep Ramon Ferrer and Unisys Portugal’s Fernando Reino da Costa


Education is a right, not a privilege

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Enterprise quality management systems

Microsoft’s Andrew Hawkins explains how governments can take advantage of the latest technologies to ensure their cities, towns and communities are safe.

Solution profile

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2

Rebecca Lambert finds out how the new release of Dynamics AX can benefit public sector organisations today.


Cities of the future

Karen McCandless takes a look at the technology and initiatives that are driving the development of cities of the future.

Empowering armed forces

Empowering armed forces

Amber Stokes finds out more about the technology that is helpingrevolutionise military engagement today.


A roundup of the latest public sector technology announcements, including a look at some of the Microsoft and partner defence solutions that were showcased at this year’s IDEX, the new major update for Office 365 and Microsoft’s new initiative that aims to support African business

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About Touch

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.