Cloud collaboration: Why your CCG needs to be in the cloud

Posted by John Glover on 10-Jun-2015 13:08:00

The general election may have come and gone, but the recently reformed structure of the health service remains under heavy scrutiny. Around the country, many CCGs face the twin challenge of navigating difficult financial conditions while redesigning clinical service delivery to better suit patients.

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Topics: cloud collaboration

3 simple ways to transform productivity with cloud collaboration

Posted by John Glover on 27-May-2015 11:33:29

In one way at least, the puzzle of Britain's slowing productivity is a good thing - because it means agile and other collaborative ways of working remain high on the agenda. The more we hear alarming soundbites like "the French could take Friday off and still produce more than Britons do in a week" (the Economist), the more interest grows in transforming our organisations to suit the demands of work in the 21st century.

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Topics: cloud collaboration, online collaboration

How cloud collaboration can solve the UK productivity crisis

Posted by John Glover on 20-May-2015 10:00:00

Unsurprisingly, the economy was one of the most hotly debated issues of this year's election campaign and party leaders were forced to address some particularly difficult questions about productivity. Recent GDP figures from the Office for National Statistics have been disappointing, giving rise to talk of a productivity crisis in the UK.

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Topics: collaboration tools, cloud collaboration

How to use the cloud to enable agile working

Posted by John Glover on 18-May-2015 10:00:00

"Immediately responsive,  constantly improving and ready to address technological developments, unexpected customer feedback or any another unforeseen event at the drop of a hat." 

This is how we defined the agile organisation in our last post about agile working. From this, it's possible to deduce that two of the most important qualities shared by all agile organisations are speed and flexibilityA growing number of businesses, enterprises and public sector organisations are using the cloud to achieve both.

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Topics: collaboration tools, cloud collaboration, agile working,

How the cloud can improve stakeholder engagement for CCGs

Posted by John Glover on 07-May-2015 13:54:00

In a post on this blog back in September 2012, I described effective stakeholder engagement as "the holy grail that every public sector organisation is in search of". Much has changed in the public sector since then, but it seems to me this statement is still accurate - many organisations are still struggling to identify, engage and communicate with different stakeholder groups in a meaningful way.

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Topics: stakeholder engagement, cloud collaboration, healthcare

After UC Expo 2015: What is agile working?

Posted by John Glover on 30-Apr-2015 20:11:00

Last month, Kahootz attended UC Expo 2015 at London's Olympia. We knew it would be a great event, but there was one thing we found particularly inspiring about the many exhibitors and attendees. Everyone seemed to have really embraced the idea that achieving innovation in the workplace requires more than just technology - it requires the heightened level of teamwork and collaboration that technology makes possible.

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Topics: cloud collaboration, agile project management,, agile working,

How to cut the cost of NHS stakeholder engagement with cloud tools

Posted by John Glover on 28-Apr-2015 14:55:49

Stakeholder engagement remains a key challenge for the NHS, even if getting people to engage with the health service isn’t a problem for many of the organisations that come under its umbrella. After all, nearly everyone in the UK holds an opinion about the NHS and has direct experience of its services. It employs some 1.7 million people across the UK and many of us are deeply invested in its future, with the election campaign now bringing the issues facing the NHS into even sharper focus.

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Topics: stakeholder engagement, cloud collaboration, healthcare

Once upon a time, online collaboration meant business file sharing

Posted by John Glover on 23-Apr-2015 17:35:38

Not too long ago, the terms 'file sharing' and 'collaboration' were used more or less interchangeably in the context of cloud services. The idea was that people's ability to work together depended on their ability to access the same files and documents - and the cloud became the most accessible (and cost-effective) repository for that information.

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Topics: collaboration tools, business file sharing, cloud collaboration

4 essential qualities of a secure cloud collaboration service

Posted by John Glover on 17-Apr-2015 11:12:05

Cloud security remains high on the agenda for collaboration providers. It seems we're never far away from another reminder about the vulnerability of IT services, even those maintained by major corporations - take last year's high-profile email hacking of the Sony Pictures network, for example.

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Topics: collaboration tools, security in the cloud, cloud collaboration

3 ways cloud collaboration can help CCGs improve patient care

Posted by John Glover on 14-Apr-2015 17:30:00

England's 211 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are entering a highly crucial phase of their development. This month, many of the GP-centered leadership bodies will start to jointly commission GP services alongside NHS England for the first time.

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Topics: procurement, cloud collaboration, healthcare