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2016 Socitm spring conference

Mel Ross SOCITM Spring Conference Adapt2Digital.com

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.

Mel Ross SOCITM Spring Conference Adapt2Digital.com

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.

Big Data 800 x 450

Socitm conference: GLA outlines work on ‘private’ datastore for councils

22 April 2016

The Greater London Authority is working on a secure, private version of its London Datastore that will allow boroughs to share sensitive information to help improve services.

Collaboration

Folders on shelves

Whitehall’s digital record legacy poses ‘real and immediate risks’ to operations and compliance

19 January 2017

Much of the digital information that government has amassed over the past two decades is poorly organised and “almost impossible” to search, a Cabinet Office report has said.

Shelves with patient files

NHS England moots regional-level data collection to support national analytics

19 January 2017

Regional NHS bodies could soon be asked to collect patient information to create a ‘data-lake’ for use at a national level, according to an NHS England consultation document.

Treasury committee chair Andrew Tyrie

MPs call for delay to implementation of ‘over-ambitious’ digital tax plans

16 January 2017

The government’s timeline for implementing plans to digitise record keeping and reporting of tax is “wholly unrealistic” and should be delayed until at least 2019-20, the House of Commons Treasury Committee has said.

Fraud, Risk and Governance

Teenager using mobile

NCSC launches hunt for schoolgirl tech talent

20 January 2017

The new National Cyber Security Centre is attempting to improve gender equality in the IT sector by launching a competition for budding female techies.

HM Revenue & Customs HMRC sign

IT failures 'contributed to HMRC contract termination'

20 January 2017

IT failures and an inability to cope with the volume of calls led to the early termination of an Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs contract with supplier Concentrix, according to a spending watchdog.

Folders on shelves

Whitehall’s digital record legacy poses ‘real and immediate risks’ to operations and compliance

19 January 2017

Much of the digital information that government has amassed over the past two decades is poorly organised and “almost impossible” to search, a Cabinet Office report has said.

Cloud

Cloud light

G-Cloud 9 applications set to open in March

23 January 2017

Suppliers of cloud-based technology to government will be able to apply for the ninth iteration of the G-Cloud framework from March, the government has announced.

Folders on shelves

Whitehall’s digital record legacy poses ‘real and immediate risks’ to operations and compliance

19 January 2017

Much of the digital information that government has amassed over the past two decades is poorly organised and “almost impossible” to search, a Cabinet Office report has said.

image of Paul Shetler, chief digital officer at the Ministry of Justice, giving a speech

Former Australian CDO Paul Shetler: ‘Governments need to radically upskill their people’

13 January 2017

Governments need to stop relying on outsourcing and make sure they have competent public servants who can deal with technology, the former leader of the Australia’s Digital Transformation Office has said.

Contracts

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

DWP launches £80m document management tender

23 January 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched the hunt for a supplier to handle its document management services.

Cloud light

G-Cloud 9 applications set to open in March

23 January 2017

Suppliers of cloud-based technology to government will be able to apply for the ninth iteration of the G-Cloud framework from March, the government has announced.

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Government side-steps questions over Digital Strategy delay

23 January 2017

The government is to examine how it plans to maintain the UK’s digital economy after Brexit, it has announced.

Cybersecurity

Folders on shelves

Whitehall’s digital record legacy poses ‘real and immediate risks’ to operations and compliance

19 January 2017

Much of the digital information that government has amassed over the past two decades is poorly organised and “almost impossible” to search, a Cabinet Office report has said.

AI_Robotics

Government admits ‘more can be done’ to support AI

17 January 2017

The government has acknowledged that it could do more to support the development of robotics and autonomous systems and artificial intelligence - but has stopped short of establishing a robotics leadership council.

A map of the world with city lights

Mapping out transformative public services with a geospatial data hub

17 January 2017

Idriss Mekrez, chief technology officer for the public sector at MarkLogic, sets out the potential geospatial mapping has for the public sector.

Data

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

DWP launches £80m document management tender

23 January 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched the hunt for a supplier to handle its document management services.

Folders on shelves

Whitehall’s digital record legacy poses ‘real and immediate risks’ to operations and compliance

19 January 2017

Much of the digital information that government has amassed over the past two decades is poorly organised and “almost impossible” to search, a Cabinet Office report has said.

Shelves with patient files

NHS England moots regional-level data collection to support national analytics

19 January 2017

Regional NHS bodies could soon be asked to collect patient information to create a ‘data-lake’ for use at a national level, according to an NHS England consultation document.

Leadership

Colin Cook, Scottish Government

Interview: Colin Cook, Scottish Government acting director of digital

23 January 2017

Colin Cook, the Scottish Government's acting director of digital, says that the devolution of powers from Westminster presents opportunities to build digital-first services.

Teenager using mobile

NCSC launches hunt for schoolgirl tech talent

20 January 2017

The new National Cyber Security Centre is attempting to improve gender equality in the IT sector by launching a competition for budding female techies.

Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images

TechUK creates Brexit advisory panel

20 January 2017

Digital industry body techUK has launched an independent advisory panel to provide advice on how to make Brexit work for the sector.

Mobile

Shelves with patient files

NHS England moots regional-level data collection to support national analytics

19 January 2017

Regional NHS bodies could soon be asked to collect patient information to create a ‘data-lake’ for use at a national level, according to an NHS England consultation document.

Pen idea

Civica CEO Wayne Story says company remains in ‘middle tier’ of suppliers as it launches new digital division

13 January 2017

Civica is large enough to take on big transformation government projects but small enough to be seen as “part of the team”, chief executive Wayne Story has said at the launch of its dedicated digital division.

Scottish Flags

Scottish government seeks director for CivTech programme as scheme attracts global attention

12 January 2017

The Scottish government is recruiting for a director to expand its digital public services accelerator scheme CivTech, at a salary of around £68,000.

Open Source

Man with many hands

GDS creates single site for service design resources

18 January 2017

The Government Digital Service has launched a service toolkit that aims to be a one stop shop for service design resources.

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

MPs slam continued digital strategy delay

13 January 2017

Members of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee have called on the government to explain why the digital strategy “continues to be a work-in-progress” almost a year after it was first due.

A picture bribery prevention

NHS informatics director and ICT supplier jailed for fraud

10 January 2017

A former NHS IT director at a Surrey NHS trust who accepted bribes in exchange for the award of IT contracts has been jailed for three and a half years.

Policy

Colin Cook, Scottish Government

Interview: Colin Cook, Scottish Government acting director of digital

23 January 2017

Colin Cook, the Scottish Government's acting director of digital, says that the devolution of powers from Westminster presents opportunities to build digital-first services.

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Government side-steps questions over Digital Strategy delay

23 January 2017

The government is to examine how it plans to maintain the UK’s digital economy after Brexit, it has announced.

Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images

TechUK creates Brexit advisory panel

20 January 2017

Digital industry body techUK has launched an independent advisory panel to provide advice on how to make Brexit work for the sector.

PSN

post it on wall

Socitm to focus on leadership, smart places, cyber and infrastructure

4 January 2017

The association of IT and digital professionals in local government has announced its plans for 2017 research and policy projects.

Crystal ball, Lego

Political upheaval, Blockchain and data protection: What does 2017 have in store for tech?

23 December 2016

As the New Year approaches, PublicTechnology takes a look at what we might expect in the world of digital government in 2017. 

Councils’ building control pages written for ‘professionals’ and risk ‘alienating’ residents

16 December 2016

Less than half of UK local authorities’ websites have good or very good information for people planning to carry out a building project – and some are using web pages as a “hard sell” for council services, a survey has said.

Digital Transformation

Colin Cook, Scottish Government

Interview: Colin Cook, Scottish Government acting director of digital

23 January 2017

Colin Cook, the Scottish Government's acting director of digital, says that the devolution of powers from Westminster presents opportunities to build digital-first services.

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

DWP launches £80m document management tender

23 January 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched the hunt for a supplier to handle its document management services.

Folders on shelves

Whitehall’s digital record legacy poses ‘real and immediate risks’ to operations and compliance

19 January 2017

Much of the digital information that government has amassed over the past two decades is poorly organised and “almost impossible” to search, a Cabinet Office report has said.

Tech

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

DWP launches £80m document management tender

23 January 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched the hunt for a supplier to handle its document management services.

Cloud light

G-Cloud 9 applications set to open in March

23 January 2017

Suppliers of cloud-based technology to government will be able to apply for the ninth iteration of the G-Cloud framework from March, the government has announced.

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Government side-steps questions over Digital Strategy delay

23 January 2017

The government is to examine how it plans to maintain the UK’s digital economy after Brexit, it has announced.