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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

scientists, user, science, data, analytics

ONS launches Data Science Campus

27 March 2017

The Office for National Statistics has today launched its Data Science Campus in Newport, Wales, to make better use of data and develop the statistical information it provides.

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Interview: Conservative peer Chris Holmes calls for a considered but can-do attitude from government on blockchain

27 March 2017

Two sides to the BitCoin? Conservative peer Chris Holmes talks to Rebecca Hill about being positive about blockchain’s potential for public services without seeing it as a ‘wonder drug’.

Cabinet Office Whitehall

Departments unwilling to accept Cabinet Office authority to centralise purchasing, suggest MPs

24 March 2017

The creation of the Crown Commercial Service was poorly executed and slow take up of centralised purchasing by departments means it only manages one-fifth of the spending it was expected to, a review by MPs has found.

Fraud, Risk and Governance

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Interview: Conservative peer Chris Holmes calls for a considered but can-do attitude from government on blockchain

27 March 2017

Two sides to the BitCoin? Conservative peer Chris Holmes talks to Rebecca Hill about being positive about blockchain’s potential for public services without seeing it as a ‘wonder drug’.

Scottish flag

Scottish digital strategy set out plans for assurance, training and common platforms

22 March 2017

The Scottish government will implement a “tough” assurance process for digital projects, mandate the use of common technologies and offer training to make sure civil servants “get digital”.

Person hacking computer

ICO: Councils need to sharpen up on data protection ahead of GDPR

22 March 2017

Survey shows lack of preparedness as data protection watchdog slaps £60,000 fine on Norfolk County Council

Cloud

Truro, Cornwall

A digital front door: Cornwall council’s plan to make up for underinvestment and a failed supplier partnership

23 March 2017

At the start of the year, Cornwall Council’s cabinet approved an £18m digital improvement plan that aims to fix years of IT underinvestment. Gill Hitchcock reports.

Scottish flag

Scottish digital strategy set out plans for assurance, training and common platforms

22 March 2017

The Scottish government will implement a “tough” assurance process for digital projects, mandate the use of common technologies and offer training to make sure civil servants “get digital”.

Technology

Councils told to embrace ‘radical outcomes’ of smart technology

21 March 2017

Councils should be in the “driving seat” of technological change, but need to rethink the role they play in their locality and invest in long-term planning, a report has said.

Contracts

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Interview: Conservative peer Chris Holmes calls for a considered but can-do attitude from government on blockchain

27 March 2017

Two sides to the BitCoin? Conservative peer Chris Holmes talks to Rebecca Hill about being positive about blockchain’s potential for public services without seeing it as a ‘wonder drug’.

Truro, Cornwall

A digital front door: Cornwall council’s plan to make up for underinvestment and a failed supplier partnership

23 March 2017

At the start of the year, Cornwall Council’s cabinet approved an £18m digital improvement plan that aims to fix years of IT underinvestment. Gill Hitchcock reports.

Government Digital Service' new headquarters

GDS to retire four ‘mainstream’ formats

23 March 2017

The Government Digital Service has said it will retire four formats, including video and programmes, as part of work to migrate its disparate publishing applications to its new single publishing platform.

Cybersecurity

Scottish flag

Scottish digital strategy set out plans for assurance, training and common platforms

22 March 2017

The Scottish government will implement a “tough” assurance process for digital projects, mandate the use of common technologies and offer training to make sure civil servants “get digital”.

Person hacking computer

ICO: Councils need to sharpen up on data protection ahead of GDPR

22 March 2017

Survey shows lack of preparedness as data protection watchdog slaps £60,000 fine on Norfolk County Council

Technology

Councils told to embrace ‘radical outcomes’ of smart technology

21 March 2017

Councils should be in the “driving seat” of technological change, but need to rethink the role they play in their locality and invest in long-term planning, a report has said.

Data

scientists, user, science, data, analytics

ONS launches Data Science Campus

27 March 2017

The Office for National Statistics has today launched its Data Science Campus in Newport, Wales, to make better use of data and develop the statistical information it provides.

whitehall numbers, statistics, data

Bridging digital skills gap could cost government £244m a year, says NAO

27 March 2017

The UK’s spending watchdog has said that there is a need for “greater urgency” in the government’s plans to tackle skills shortages in the civil service.

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Interview: Conservative peer Chris Holmes calls for a considered but can-do attitude from government on blockchain

27 March 2017

Two sides to the BitCoin? Conservative peer Chris Holmes talks to Rebecca Hill about being positive about blockchain’s potential for public services without seeing it as a ‘wonder drug’.

Leadership

scientists, user, science, data, analytics

ONS launches Data Science Campus

27 March 2017

The Office for National Statistics has today launched its Data Science Campus in Newport, Wales, to make better use of data and develop the statistical information it provides.

whitehall numbers, statistics, data

Bridging digital skills gap could cost government £244m a year, says NAO

27 March 2017

The UK’s spending watchdog has said that there is a need for “greater urgency” in the government’s plans to tackle skills shortages in the civil service.

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Interview: Conservative peer Chris Holmes calls for a considered but can-do attitude from government on blockchain

27 March 2017

Two sides to the BitCoin? Conservative peer Chris Holmes talks to Rebecca Hill about being positive about blockchain’s potential for public services without seeing it as a ‘wonder drug’.

Mobile

Truro, Cornwall

A digital front door: Cornwall council’s plan to make up for underinvestment and a failed supplier partnership

23 March 2017

At the start of the year, Cornwall Council’s cabinet approved an £18m digital improvement plan that aims to fix years of IT underinvestment. Gill Hitchcock reports.

Robot

Half of British citizens think government will use robots in the next decade

22 March 2017

A survey has revealed that the British public can see robots speeding up some public services – but that they doubt robots will be better decision-makers than humans.

A picture of Kevin Cunnington, Director General of the Government Digital Service

Interview: GDS leader Kevin Cunnington on 'self-help groups', spend controls and cold water swimming

16 March 2017

After a tumultuous first six months as director general of the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington has finally got the long-awaited Transformation Strategy off his desk and is looking forward to an office move. He tells Rebecca Hill about Whitehall “self-help groups”, reforms to spend...

Open Source

Scottish flag

Scottish digital strategy set out plans for assurance, training and common platforms

22 March 2017

The Scottish government will implement a “tough” assurance process for digital projects, mandate the use of common technologies and offer training to make sure civil servants “get digital”.

Payslip and money Photo: PA

Public sector IT contractors: Focus on value not cost as IR35 hits

22 March 2017

At the end of March, the government is facing a brain-drain as contractors leave the public sector rather than be caught out by stricter tax rules. But Eduserv’s Max Elliott-Massouras says the focus should be on the value of contractors – not their cost.

A wall of post its

GOV.UK education taxonomy enters beta as work begins on environment content

22 March 2017

The Government Digital Service’s GOV.UK taxonomy has entered beta for education content, with plans to develop branches for environment and transport content next.

Policy

Cabinet Office Whitehall

Departments unwilling to accept Cabinet Office authority to centralise purchasing, suggest MPs

24 March 2017

The creation of the Crown Commercial Service was poorly executed and slow take up of centralised purchasing by departments means it only manages one-fifth of the spending it was expected to, a review by MPs has found.

Truro, Cornwall

A digital front door: Cornwall council’s plan to make up for underinvestment and a failed supplier partnership

23 March 2017

At the start of the year, Cornwall Council’s cabinet approved an £18m digital improvement plan that aims to fix years of IT underinvestment. Gill Hitchcock reports.

Scottish flag

Scottish digital strategy set out plans for assurance, training and common platforms

22 March 2017

The Scottish government will implement a “tough” assurance process for digital projects, mandate the use of common technologies and offer training to make sure civil servants “get digital”.

PSN

Networking image

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.

Government Digital Service' new headquarters

Councils could save £500m a year through common platform components, says GDS

6 March 2017

Individual councils could save up to £80m on IT spend alone over the next decade by adopting common platforms like GOV.UK Verify, according to government estimates. 

Civil service chief executive John Manzoni

John Manzoni: Care.data was a ‘misstep’ that ‘put us back a long way’

21 February 2017

The chief executive of the civil service has said that the now scrapped NHS patient data-sharing programme Care.data was a “misstep” that put efforts to increase government data sharing back.

Digital Transformation

whitehall numbers, statistics, data

Bridging digital skills gap could cost government £244m a year, says NAO

27 March 2017

The UK’s spending watchdog has said that there is a need for “greater urgency” in the government’s plans to tackle skills shortages in the civil service.

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Interview: Conservative peer Chris Holmes calls for a considered but can-do attitude from government on blockchain

27 March 2017

Two sides to the BitCoin? Conservative peer Chris Holmes talks to Rebecca Hill about being positive about blockchain’s potential for public services without seeing it as a ‘wonder drug’.

Truro, Cornwall

A digital front door: Cornwall council’s plan to make up for underinvestment and a failed supplier partnership

23 March 2017

At the start of the year, Cornwall Council’s cabinet approved an £18m digital improvement plan that aims to fix years of IT underinvestment. Gill Hitchcock reports.

Tech

whitehall numbers, statistics, data

Bridging digital skills gap could cost government £244m a year, says NAO

27 March 2017

The UK’s spending watchdog has said that there is a need for “greater urgency” in the government’s plans to tackle skills shortages in the civil service.

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

Interview: Conservative peer Chris Holmes calls for a considered but can-do attitude from government on blockchain

27 March 2017

Two sides to the BitCoin? Conservative peer Chris Holmes talks to Rebecca Hill about being positive about blockchain’s potential for public services without seeing it as a ‘wonder drug’.

Government Digital Service' new headquarters

GDS to retire four ‘mainstream’ formats

23 March 2017

The Government Digital Service has said it will retire four formats, including video and programmes, as part of work to migrate its disparate publishing applications to its new single publishing platform.