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2016 Socitm spring conference

Mobile responsive council websites on the increase, finds survey – but quality declines

12 June 2017

Web and digital managers must engage service managers to create ‘properly digital’ services, not just put a service online, says Socitm review team

Why we should be more afraid of the cultural chasm than the digital skills gap

24 August 2016

The public sector might know what core digital skills it is short of, but its across-the-board capacity to embrace change is the key problem, according to​ Mel Ross of transformation consultancy Adapt2Digital.

Digital transformation needs a little more talk and much more action

13 July 2016

A straw poll session at this year’s Socitm Spring Conference revealed some uncomfortable insights on the state of digital transformation across the UK public sector. Mel Ross looks at what’s to be done.

Collaboration

Why the public sector should work more closely with charities

6 December 2017

Vodafone's Mick Wayman opines that better co-operation with the non-profit sector could help save money and improve service levels

GDS readies new centralised design platform for GOV.UK services

31 October 2017

New offering, which is entering beta testing, will combine elements of current platforms such as the Service Manual and GOV.UK Elements

GDPR

The ten key questions – and nine answers – facing the public sector on GDPR

11 December 2017

With less than six months until new data-protection law is introduced, PublicTechnology hears from regulators and data professionals across central and local government about what they see as the major challenges facing them between now and 25 May

Public sector ‘cannot rely on consent as a legal basis’ for GDPR compliance, warns ICO

29 November 2017

Government entities urged to explore one of the four other options available for establishing the lawfulness of data processing

Cloud

‘This does not feel like a good thing’ - G-Cloud suppliers see opportunity and alarm in framework’s extension

5 December 2017

Providers ambivalent as CCS and GDS head into a crucial period - one that will bring a potential £1.5bn opportunity, but lots of uncertainty too

 

NHS looks to move data-analytics platform into the cloud

20 November 2017

NHS Business Services Authority issues RFI seeking feedback on potential benefits and challenges of moving Oracle-based system off premises

Contracts

HMRC transformation programme a ‘precarious high-wire act, battered by the winds of Brexit’ – PAC

15 January 2018

MPs claim department faces ‘difficult decisions’ to deliver on schemes including Making Tax Digital rollout and office relocations 

 

EU unveils €1bn supercomputing scheme

13 January 2018

European Commission and member states to invest in programme to buy and maintain four of the ultra-powerful machines

Cybersecurity

Home Office to bring together police and immigration biometrics schemes ahead of potential move to public cloud

10 January 2018

Department seeks supplier to bring IDENT 1 and IABS programmes under single service-management structure in project worth a possible £300m

Reform digital head on the potential AI backlash and why service design is ‘not just about the citizen’

10 January 2018

PublicTechnology talks to the think tank’s digital and data specialist Eleonora Harwich about how AI could help eradicate disparity in the quality of healthcare and why GDS needs to focus more on the needs of its colleagues in Whitehall

 

Data

Home Office to bring together police and immigration biometrics schemes ahead of potential move to public cloud

10 January 2018

Department seeks supplier to bring IDENT 1 and IABS programmes under single service-management structure in project worth a possible £300m

Reform digital head on the potential AI backlash and why service design is ‘not just about the citizen’

10 January 2018

PublicTechnology talks to the think tank’s digital and data specialist Eleonora Harwich about how AI could help eradicate disparity in the quality of healthcare and why GDS needs to focus more on the needs of its colleagues in Whitehall

 

Leadership

Oliver Dowden given ministerial responsibility for GDS

15 January 2018

Hertsmere MP’s brief as minister for implementation also includes IPA, CCS, and cybersecurity initiatives

DWP in-house IT company BPDTS appoints Loveday Ryder as CEO

12 January 2018

First set of annual accounts for BPDTS Ltd reveal that company delivered more than £12m of IT services to department in first four months of existence

MoD picks former BP exec Charles Forte as new CIO

10 January 2018

Ministry concludes search for Mike Stone’s replacement with appointment of external candidate

Open Source

Nonsense or necessity? Doctors divided on NHS e-Referrals

17 November 2017

With the deadline for going paperless less than a year away, Gill Hitchcock finds that front-line workers have differing views on health service’s tech systems

Digital chief lifts lid on how HMRC pulled off the biggest tax change in 70 years without anyone noticing

15 September 2017

Interim CDIO Mike Potter also discusses how the department is leading the way on mobile apps and blockchain, and why he wants a tax service built around life events

Policy

National Archives to digitise 1921 census records

11 January 2018

Agency seeks supplier to facilitate online publication of information gathered through national survey as it nears 100-year cut-off

Wanted: IT supplier for one of the world’s most remote islands

11 January 2018

British Overseas Territory Saint Helena publicises three-year contract to be awarded for provision of hardware, software, and services

PSN

What the doctor ordered

1 June 2017

An NHS-wide cloud for sharing diagnostic images and intelligence across the health service could mean huge economies of scale, stronger collaboration, and rapid digitisation, according to Jane Rendall and Fredrik Gustavsson.

Digital Transformation

Oliver Dowden given ministerial responsibility for GDS

15 January 2018

Hertsmere MP’s brief as minister for implementation also includes IPA, CCS, and cybersecurity initiatives

HMRC transformation programme a ‘precarious high-wire act, battered by the winds of Brexit’ – PAC

15 January 2018

MPs claim department faces ‘difficult decisions’ to deliver on schemes including Making Tax Digital rollout and office relocations 

 

EU unveils €1bn supercomputing scheme

13 January 2018

European Commission and member states to invest in programme to buy and maintain four of the ultra-powerful machines