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Due to the increased demand for remote meetings and collaboration across the public sector, the Digital Office for Scottish Local Government published a Microsoft Office 365 Federation and Guest Access Initiative document, seeking to clarify the definitions of the various collaboration options in Office 365, describe their purposes, and provide links to administrator guides describing how to securely configure each service.


The document also contained a Memorandum of Understanding for a Scottish Local Authority O365 Federation Initiative, which was asked to be considered by IT Managers if their organisation was/is intending to federate with other Local Authorities in Scotland.


As of Monday 7 December, 13 Local Government organisations are Federating, meaning colleagues from these organisations can directly dial or text chat with each other without switching Microsoft Teams environment.


These organisations include; Aberdeen City Council, Angus Council, Argyll and Bute Council, COSLA, Digital Office for Scottish Local Government, Fife Council, Improvement Service, Midlothian Council, North Ayrshire Council, Perth and Kinross Council, Renfrewshire Council, East Renfrewshire Council, and South Ayrshire Council.


By leveraging Microsoft Teams as an existing asset for no additional cost, there are huge benefits to this initiative including saving time on project delivery, increased productivity and faster execution through collaboration. It also allows organisations who are lacking resources to research and implement such initiatives, to tap into a shared resources and progress with their digital transformation quicker and more effectively.


The MOU has been shared with IT Managers across Scottish Local Government and should any organisation wish to join the Federation Initiative, the completed MOU should be sent to