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Isle of Man Government welcomes Microsoft Shared Learning Group 14 May 2007

The Isle of Man Government is proud to host the Microsoft Shared Learning Group (SLG) quarterly meeting on the 16th and 17th May 2007. The group is made up of 10 UK local and regional authorities and the Isle of Man Government, with the aim to share best practice in ICT project delivery, jointly deliver Microsoft based solutions and contribute to the development of innovative solutions to improve public services.

The Shared Learning Group is a working collaboration between Microsoft’s Public Sector Division and 11 authorities consisting of Newham, London Borough of Bromley, Derby City Council, Kent County Council, London Borough of Lewisham, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sunderland City Council, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, Hampshire County Council, Warwick District Council and the Isle of Man.

Members meet regularly to share best practice and information, and collaborate on innovative new solutions to help achieve the aims set out in the UK Transformational Government initiative. Members work together frequently on areas such as collaborative working, performance management, flexible and collaborative working, business integration, information sharing solutions and identity management.

In welcoming the delegates, Allan Paterson, Director of Treasury Information Systems Division said:

“Across the UK Governments and Local Authorities are faced with the drive to improve business performance, encourage resource efficiencies and deliver more effective Government services. Participation in the Microsoft Shared Learning Group offers the Isle of Man the opportunity to gain valuable insights through sharing and learning, and deliver improvements and innovations through Microsoft technologies.”

The visit comes at a time when Online Services for Isle of Man Government are being extended to provide local businesses with improved services. Based on Microsoft technology, Isle of Man Government is building services that “share” the solutions infrastructure and allow enquiries, transactions and payments to be made safely and securely between government and business, or government and citizen.

For further information please contact:
Andy Williams on telephone number 686226 or via email andy.Williams@.gov.im

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