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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

Kent Police seeks multimillion pound overhaul of crime scene info systems

19 June 2017

South East police force is looking for a supplier to build a new digital asset management system that could be rolled out right across the UK

DCMS on the hunt for digital policy advisors as Brexit looms

13 June 2017

The culture department wants staff who will be “proactively working” with the key Brexit departments

GDPR

Data issues 'hampering council transformation'

26 June 2017

Nearly a third (28%) of local IT leaders do not think they their organisation is completely ready for impending compliance regulations.

Cybersecurity

Scottish Parliament repels 'brute-force cyberattack' as MSPs urged to toughen up passwords

17 August 2017

Holyrood reports that systems remain operational and no accounts are known to have been breached following assault by 'external forces'

Interview: Lifting the lid on how outsourcing giants offer government a ‘diseconomy of scale’

9 August 2017

Littlefish boss Steve Robinson has worked in Whitehall as part of both an SME and a multinational. Here, he shares his insights from both sides of the fence

Mobile

Interview: Inside one further education college’s virtual desktop revolution

30 June 2017

As it moves to a new £53m flagship campus, Ayrshire College has removed the distinction between IT and general-purpose classrooms. Sam Trendall meets ICT manager Brad Johnstone to hear more

Open Source

General election 2017: online voting would boost turnout, study suggests

8 June 2017

As voters head to the polls, new research suggests online option could help increase participation among non-voters

General election 2017: Politicians have been silent on data – and unwilling to let councils take the lead

7 June 2017

While some councils boast impressive advocates for data analysis, there are strict limits on what they can accomplish without the backing of Westminster – as the election campaign row over social care shows

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.

‘Tragedy in waiting’: Government slammed over potential six-month gap in emergency service communications

21 April 2017

Plan to update emergency services communications network dealt another blow as scathing Public Accounts Committee report warns of “potentially catastrophic” impact on public safety

Government bodies still need to be PSN compliant, says GDS

17 March 2017

Public sector organisations have been told they still have to meet the common Public Sector Network assurance standards while work is carried out to move away from the network.