Too many public sector entities have become dependent on consultants who have outstayed their welcome, according to Romy Hughes of Brightman
Mike Thomas, managing director at public services network trade body PSNGB, welcomes the principles behind new security proposals for the G-Cloud framework, but warns they could change buyer behaviour.
The government’s decision to reduce pan-government accreditation requirements sends the wrong message, according to James Walker, president of the CloudEthernet Forum.
Peter Groucutt welcomes changes to search functionality within the new Digital Marketplace, saying the previous system had been abused by suppliers.
Jon Cook discusses how local authorities can keep employees mobile while still completing the accreditation process.
The government’s new online security approach may boost sales through the G-Cloud Framework – but it also has the potential to confuse, says John Godwin
Andy Grant explores how local authorities can overcome skills shortages to get the most from their Big Data resources.
Ed Bradley and Tim Ingham believe the recent furore over council G-Cloud spending could help open up more contracts for small and medium enterprises.
Damien Venkatasamy says technological challenges are not the only ones which councils need to overcome to transform services.
Channel shift can help councils deal with new pressures caused by welfare reform including the bedroom tax, according to Kurt Goldman.
Paolo Vecchi takes issue with a recent report which claimed that open source solutions are failing to catch on with local authorities.
Mark Keepax says that councils have an opportunity to lead cloud innovation in the UK.
Graeme Stewart says that councils can play a key role in protecting small and medium enterprises from ICT security threats.
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.