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Chi Onwurah: The government’s digital inclusion strategy is too little, too late

April 24, 2014 | Shadow minister for the Cabinet Office Chi Onwurah argues that those without digital support face real challenges ahead Read more [...]

How G-Cloud became a poster child for the UK government’s SME engagement policy

April 24, 2014 | Small and mid-sized businesses now bank almost 60% of the spend that UK central government departments put through G-Cloud, as short, fixed-term contracts, pricing transparency and open procurement have “levelled the playing field.” Read more [...]

San Mateo County rejigs storage and desktop for the digital age

April 23, 2014 | Nutanix and Unidesk are helping San Mateo County pass cost savings back to departments while modernising the IT landscape. Read more [...]

The worrying cloud building around the G-Cloud – special report part 2

April 23, 2014 | | 4 Comments In part one of this special report, I outlined my unease at recent developments around the UK government's G-Cloud program. In this second part, we take a closer look at what we do and don't know about the current situation and reflect on growing sell side discontent. Read more [...]

The worrying cloud building around the G-Cloud – special report part 1

April 23, 2014 | I've made no secret of my support for the G-Cloud programme since its inception, regarding it as one of the most important tools in the box for fixing the broken nature of public sector IT procurement and service delivery, but stand by for some tough love talking.   Read more [...]

Why almost everyone is wrong about HMRC’s plans to sell data

April 22, 2014 | Opening up business data is a key ingredient in ensuring that tax practitioners have the best information to meet client needs. Resisting that is stupid. Read more [...]

Open data or privacy breach?

April 22, 2014 | | One Comment It seems that one person's open data policy is someone else's privacy breach. Can the tech industry resolve the conflict? Read more [...]

UK government is spending millions on agile development coaching and training

April 22, 2014 | The traditional waterfall approach to project development is out and agile is in – but who has the skills? Read more [...]

Take note: UK Treasury sticking to promise of using SMEs to break up legacy

April 18, 2014 | The government department has begun moving away from its single supplier model with Fujitsu Read more [...]

Has the European Court of Justice just holed Obama’s NSA data gathering reform?

April 16, 2014 | Europe’s top court has set a precedent that could have global ramifications by declaring invalid the European Union’s ill-considered data retention laws and potentially undermining Obama's attempt at NSA data gathering reform. Read more [...]

The new digital version of Universal Credit is one big mystery

April 16, 2014 | The Department for Work and Pensions has shed little light on how the new system will work Read more [...]

Is managerial complacency holding back government technology innovation?

April 15, 2014 | The political will but the administrative won't? Are government IT decision makers too complacent about the need for transformational, technology-enabled change? If so, Gartner's got a to do list that needs perusing. Read more [...]

UK government pitches digital skills charter, but is it inclusion or delusion?

April 14, 2014 | The UK government has launched  a Digital Inclusion Strategy. But beyond the soundbites and the PR stunts, is there really anything new of substance here? And what becomes of those who will never be digital-savvy? Read more [...]

UK government’s Digital Marketplace needs to make finding good technology easy

April 11, 2014 | CloudStore and the Digital Services Store are soon to be folded into one almighty online catalogue Read more [...]

US fires warning shot over Europe’s plans for protectionist ‘Schengen cloud’

April 8, 2014 | The US government - via the auspices of the Office of the US Trade Representative - has fired a warning shot over the heads of the Eurocrats in Brussels who want to build a ‘European internet’, a taster of what could rapidly descend into an international trade war if not checked. Read more [...]

NHS England attempts (another) digital overhaul with £230m investment in IT

April 4, 2014 | | 6 Comments The free health service has had a troubled past when it comes to complicated technology projects Read more [...]