Budget constraints and practicalities might prevent councils from making large-scale changes to their IT systems. But, says Richard Whomes, even the smallest steps to modernisation can make a big impact.
The costs of UK public sector procurement processes are among the highest in Europe – Pedro Paulo asks whether new EU reforms will make life easier.
Marcus Tackley says that councils don’t have to take an all-or-nothing approach to the Cloud.
Councils need to appoint chief information officers to align digital departments with the wider local government transformation agenda, according to Mike Blackburn.
Cognitive computing has the promise to become a major asset in helping councils to work smarter, says Mark Say.
Pedro Paulo says a suite of recommendations by MPs could help improve procurement by local authorities, but only if properly managed.
Labour front-bencher Chi Onwurah wants to hear local government's views on where digital government is working - and has failed - she says.
Graeme Stewart says the move to the Public Services Network presents some big security challenges for local authorities, and that they need time to develop solutions.
The launch of an expanded G-Cloud supplier framework earlier this year also marked the formal introduction of a ‘Cloud First’ policy, intended to drive wider adoption of cloud computing in the public sector, which would boost business and offer further savings and efficiencies.
Part of the PSN outlook for 2014 involves well known milestones for the programme.
Despite the rising tide of economic optimism, local government organisations are set to continue to see budget reductions throughout the year.
G-Cloud 4 promises even greater access to commodity, cloud-based services with 1,183 suppliers and over 13,000 services. But is the latest incarnation of G-Cloud meeting its remit?
Des Ward shares some valuable tips on giving your local authority the best chance of getting PSN accreditation.