UKCloud collapse caused ‘no unexpected service disruptions or cost to public purse’
Minister says that all public-sector customers have now moved to alternative provider
Whitehall shared-services implementation requires funding and focus, MPs warn
Public Accounts Committee warns that lack of support could imperil delivery
Scottish researchers create AI to update 2,000-year-old process for measuring ships’ stability
University of Edinburgh team unveils automated tool that will shortly be turned into smartphone...
Cloud-first agenda failing to take hold in councils, survey says
An analysis has shown that the adoption of cloud computing varies widely across councils, with barriers including out-of-date procurement policies and reliance on in-house IT infrastructure.
GDS calls for councils to apply for local Verify pilots
The Government Digital Service has set out the requirement for councils wanting to join the first pilots of the local version of its identity assurance scheme, for older people’s concessionary travel and parking permits.
NHS to invest in digital skills as Wachter review recommends phased digitisation
The Department of Health has announced an academy to train NHS staff in digital skills along with a suite of new digital services for patients in an effort to fast-track the NHS’ move to digitisation.
Putting citizens at the heart of digitisation
Chris White, head of digital solutions at Capita Software Services, looks at how councils can use single sign-on citizen portals to improve services and support vulnerable residents.
Tech companies asked about G-Cloud experience
The representative body for UK tech companies is seeking opinions on the government’s G-Cloud procurement framework.
The Pokemon Go effect: How councils are tapping into augmented and virtual reality
Sooraj Shah looks at the benefits of AR and VR, and asks whether councils should be spending taxpayers’ money on the emerging technologies so soon.
Socitm advocates move away from ‘delusions of transformation’
Councils need to recognise that real digital transformation goes beyond e-enabling transactions and “get serious” about technology-informed redesign, Socitm has said.
Healthcare IT: How to manage a mammoth network
Joe Kim, chief technology officer at IT monitoring and management tools developer SolarWinds, looks at the scale of the problem faced by healthcare organisers handling ever-increasing amounts of data and offers five ways they can tackle it.
GDS finalises new rules for government digital projects
The Government Digital Service has published a revised version of the Technology Code of Practice that departments must use when designing, building or buying digital services.
Home Office Digital developer: Departmental culture is excellent for women
As PublicTechnology looks at diversity in public sector technology careers, Home Office developer Barbara Cassini reflects on her experiences as a female developer in both public and private sectors, saying that some offices are just better than others.
G-Cloud 8 supplier list
Last week, the government unveiled eighth iteration of its G-Cloud framework for public sector bodies.
G-Cloud gains almost 50 new suppliers as eighth iteration goes live
The eighth iteration of the government’s cloud procurement site for public sector bodies has attracted a record number of new suppliers, it has been announced.
Ministry of Justice pledges to update 'creaking PCs and snail-paced connections'
The Ministry of Justice has published a set of nine principles it will stick to as it updates outdated hardware that is making work difficult for employees.
‘I don’t buy into the idea that Tech City is taking over’: Tech North’s new leader on autonomy, councils and northern humbleness
What can the body charged with boosting the tech industry in the north of England offer local government? According to its new director Richard Gregory, a lot. Rebecca Hill reports.
HMRC picks Accenture for cloud-based tax system
HMRC has signed a four-year deal with Accenture for the provision and management of the tax authority’s cloud-based tax management system
Improving Whitehall IT systems faster would have boosted morale, says Maude
Former Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said that he would improve Whitehall’s IT and technology much more quickly if he had his five year’s in the role again.
Clouded vision: What to think about when you think about web services
Budget pressures are persuading governments to look to the cloud to improve services while keeping costs down. Max Peterson of Amazon Web Services sets out five questions to ask yourself along the way.
Almost half of top councils have no cloud strategy, survey says
A survey of the 100 biggest councils in the UK has shown that 44% do not have a strategy for the use of the cloud – despite 73% saying they use it for some form of data storage.
GDS cuts eg, ie and etc from style guide
The government is to gradually phase out the use of eg, etc and ie on its websites to help people using screen readers and those who aren't native English speakers.
GDS tech group pushes for more reuse of data
The Government Digital Service’s technology group is planning to change the way it works to make better use of existing data, expertise and discovery projects.
Shropshire set to save £36m a year through digital strategy
Shropshire Council is set to approve a new digital transformation strategy aimed at saving £36m over five years.