MoD brings in Amazon to boost tech skills of Armed Forces leaders
Ministry claims that MoU is a first-of-its-kind deal
HMRC invests in £2m software tool to help manage cloud spend
Department pursues FinOps practice via commercial agreement
EXCL: Government warned of ‘serious risk’ to services as UKCloud customers hit with sevenfold price increase
Customers that cannot pay fees seven times higher than contracted price face a race against time...
What the doctor ordered
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.
Head in the Cloud?
The UK government says that it wants to move to the Cloud. Here’s why it’s not happening yet.
Tony Singleton to leave the civil service
- G-Cloud pioneer will leave his current job at the Institute for Apprenticeships at the end of July.
G-Cloud 9 supplier list revealed
The new iteration of G-Cloud launches today, with changes intended to make it easier to find relevant services – view the list of 2,847 suppliers making it onto the framework.
NHS cyber attack forces week-long council email block
A council was forced to block all emails from the public and external organisations for a week following the NHS cyber attack, it has emerged
GDS seeks more Verify developers in latest bid to get service working at scale
Advert for team of six with a £600,000 budget comes as former privacy adviser calls for a total review and reset of the government’s identity assurance services
‘More than an acronym’: Authorities set out plans for a London Office of Technology and Innovation
Scoping exercise launched for an organisation to cut down duplication and add value to a tech ecosystem that ‘drifts too readily’ towards tech solutions in search of problems
Local government Verify pilot hit by council departures
Commentators say scale of work was ‘underestimated’ by both sides - but smaller scale pilots offer opportunity to boost collaboration between central and local government
Councils have ‘limited understanding’ of digital skills needed by frontline staff
Eduserv report finds that just 3% of local government HR leaders rate digital literacy of frontline staff as ‘good’ - and that traditional, formal training programmes might not be the best option
TechUK: City mayors should commit to making digital the 'new norm'
Industry body calls on mayors to appoint a chief digital and innovation champion and use their influence to boost smart procurement, open data and digital skills
More than a third of public servants say their organisations are missing digital opportunities
Survey finds public sector isn’t making the most of digital, with costs, culture and legacy systems identified as major barriers to transformation
GDS research reveals procurement bugbears
Government to test ‘model contracts’ in a bid to bring procurement into the digital age
G-Cloud 9 deadline reached with almost 3,000 completed applications
Data reveals last minute flurry of activity, as more than 1,500 completed in final two days
Home Office plans integration of back-office processes
Department to replace enterprise resource planning system, business intelligence tool and payroll system with integrated cloud-based system called Metis
Former Cameron adviser launches scheme to get tech start-ups into Whitehall with big-name backers
GovStart programme gives small companies the chance to learn from GDS leaders past and present and access part of £320bn global market
Demos: Whitehall needs to understand the limitations of big data tools
Think tank says data dashboards have the potential to mislead and urges government to boost staff’s data science skills
Contracting site claims half of contractors could be caught inside IR35 as deadline looms
Analysis comes amid reports that the contractors behind HMRC’s own tax status assessment tool are set to leave the public sector because of the clampdown
A digital front door: Cornwall council’s plan to make up for underinvestment and a failed supplier partnership
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 digital strategy set out plans for assurance, training and common platforms
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”.
Councils told to embrace ‘radical outcomes’ of smart technology
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.
Government bodies still need to be PSN compliant, says GDS
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.