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2016 Socitm spring conference

Mobile responsive council websites on the increase, finds survey – but quality declines

12 June 2017

Web and digital managers must engage service managers to create ‘properly digital’ services, not just put a service online, says Socitm review team

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.

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.

Collaboration

Kent Police seeks multimillion pound overhaul of crime scene info systems

19 June 2017

South East police force is looking for a supplier to build a new digital asset management system that could be rolled out right across the UK

DCMS on the hunt for digital policy advisors as Brexit looms

13 June 2017

The culture department wants staff who will be “proactively working” with the key Brexit departments

Half of councils fail to provide a good online service for social care support

17 May 2017

Charity Independent Age says Socitm survey results - which show a lack of easy-to-access information on care for older people - are ‘concerning’

Fraud, Risk and Governance

New Scottish information commissioner to be appointed

27 June 2017

A motion to appoint lawyer Daren Fitzhenry is to be put before the Scottish Parliament

Is hybrid IT worth the hassle?

26 June 2017

Joe Kim of SolarWinds looks at what government IT pros can expect from hybrid IT, and whether implementing it will provide any benefits

GDPR

Data issues 'hampering council transformation'

26 June 2017

Nearly a third (28%) of local IT leaders do not think they their organisation is completely ready for impending compliance regulations.

Cloud

Don’t lose sight of ‘cloud first’ commitment, Cabinet Office warned

25 July 2017

Cloud Industry Forum warns that 'momentum and progress on the Government Transformation Strategy could stall' as it flags lack of G-Cloud sales updates and 'poorly articulated needs'

GDS tells public sector to 'be bold and unpublish' unnecessary web pages

19 July 2017

Government Digital Service lifts lid on success of project to simplify process of starting a business online

Crown Prosecution Service refreshes computing to drive digitisation and remote working

11 July 2017

Agency’s director of digital transformation Mark Gray discusses revamp of client and datacentre computing estate, including increased use of cloud

Contracts

DWP launches search for £140k CTO

27 July 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions is looking for a candidate with experience of managing budgets over £500m

BBC asks IT suppliers to help shape procurement strategy

20 July 2017

Broadcaster interested in implementing digital platforms for sourcing and contract management

Mobile

Interview: Inside one further education college’s virtual desktop revolution

30 June 2017

As it moves to a new £53m flagship campus, Ayrshire College has removed the distinction between IT and general-purpose classrooms. Sam Trendall meets ICT manager Brad Johnstone to hear more

Group chat an indispensable tool within Whitehall

26 June 2017

Group chat services can make civil servants more efficient by reducing email overload. If government does not embrace them, it will lose out

Open Source

General election 2017: online voting would boost turnout, study suggests

8 June 2017

As voters head to the polls, new research suggests online option could help increase participation among non-voters

General election 2017: Politicians have been silent on data – and unwilling to let councils take the lead

7 June 2017

While some councils boast impressive advocates for data analysis, there are strict limits on what they can accomplish without the backing of Westminster – as the election campaign row over social care shows

Socitm’s advanced accessibility test passed by 134 councils

16 May 2017

IT association says results of second stage of website accessibility test indicate ‘ongoing challenge’ for councils

Policy

Q&A: EY director on the dangers of disaggregation and why local government is innovating more than Whitehall

27 July 2017

John Thompson explains how his firm’s government engagements are evolving, and why the trend of ditching IT mega-deals has created ‘its own rogues gallery of failed projects’

Government to invest £14.5m in new London cybersecurity hub

26 July 2017

‘Innovation centre’ will confirm capital’s status as a world leader in the field, according to digital minister Matt Hancock

PSN

What the doctor ordered

1 June 2017

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.

‘Tragedy in waiting’: Government slammed over potential six-month gap in emergency service communications

21 April 2017

Plan to update emergency services communications network dealt another blow as scathing Public Accounts Committee report warns of “potentially catastrophic” impact on public safety

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.