Martin Reeves is the chief executive of Coventry Council and is the digital lead for Society Of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE).
Outsource in haste, repent at leisure - or at least with a lengthy period of time spent in the law courts. Lessons for local government.
Digital transformation across local government is going to be an uphill challenge. Is the answer creating smaller pockets of innovation as opposed to digital from the centre and at scale?
Local government may think that it doesn't need a GDS-style organisation to drive a digital revolution. But I think that's exactly what it needs - a critical mass of revolutionaries.
There have been plenty of calls from a number of areas for there to be a GDS-style organisation for local government. But, does local government want it?
The report called for closer collaboration between central and local government, as well as the creation of 'digital factories' – but not everyone agrees.