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 government transformation strategy provides a good rationale for the next stage of work, but more it needs vocal backing from senior politicians, experts have said.
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The government has achieved “just about everything” that was in its first digital strategy and now needs a different approach to make bigger savings, the director general of the Government Digital Service has said.
The minister responsible for overseeing the creation of the Universal Credit programme has said that Whitehall's outsourcing of IT is a “fundamental mistake” and that government needs to work to attract more digital talent.
The government’s transformation strategy has set out plans to fix back-end systems, boost the use of data and encourage culture change within Whitehall.
The number of reported data security incidents in the last three months of 2016 fell 21% compared with the previous quarter, according to figures released this month.
The average value of local government IT deals fell 25%, while their length dropped an average of six months, according to figures released today.
The Government Digital Service has placed more emphasis on the need for content designers to discuss GOV.UK content before it is written to cut down lengthy editing processes.
Data privacy and lack of skills preventing public sector from making the most of digital, survey says
Senior managers in the public sector have said that data privacy, security and increasing regulations are all barriers to their organisations benefitting from mobile and digital technologies, according to a survey.
Whitehall must change its hierarchical workforce mentality and embrace technology, says Reform think tank
The public sector needs to use technology to reform its workforce by disrupting hierarchies, adopting new recruitment processes and automating administrative roles, a think tank has said.
The Government Digital Service has said that although ‘cloud first’ remains government policy, its aspiration should be ‘cloud native’.
The government’s Common Technology Services team has set out which shared services civil servants moving to Whitehall’s new government hubs can expect.
Defra claims initial success in switch from IBM and Capgemini as 25 suppliers express interest in UnITy
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said that 25 suppliers are interested in working to deliver its managed print services as part of efforts to replace long-term IBM and Capgemini contracts.
The government has taken too long to consolidate and coordinate the “alphabet soup” of cyber security agencies and faces “a real struggle” to find staff with the right skills to tackle threats, MPs have said.
The government plans to ensure that there is "unhindered" data flow between the UK and the rest of the European Union after Brexit, Matt Hancock, the minister for digital economy has said.
Research has revealed a continued reliance on hand-written records at NHS Trusts, although almost half say they are investing in artificial intelligence technologies.
Whitehall teams designing data infrastructure must make sure it is relevant to the majority of civil servants and that it is easy to adopt - rather than building for an “idealised future” of data use.
HMRC has said it will pilot its digital tax reforms on “hundreds of thousands” of businesses before roll out, but has maintained its initial timeline for implementation – despite MPs branding it “wholly unrealistic”.
Government plans to bring in expand specialist digital recruitment capabilities at the Government Digital Service and “address reward issues” in digital, data and technology have been revealed in a job advert for a new director for the function.
The Government Digital Service has set up a community for people working on cloud adoption across Whitehall – and is seeking more members to drive up productivity.
For a public sector only just beginning to adapt to the demands of digital data, the looming General Data Protection Regulation obligations could be alarming. Jane Roberts of Toplevel asks how the GDPR will differ from existing legislation.
Government performance analysts should create more performance measures than those in the digital service standard and look beyond Google Analytics reports, a performance analyst at the Home Office has said.