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UK councils urged to prepare for GDPR now - 05 Apr 2016

From Councils have been urged to review their information governance arrangements and prepare for the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now. The Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) said that with both the new EU data protection regulations coming in and the new EU-US Privacy Shield arrangement replacing ... read more..

Norfolk County Council offering salary of up to £115,000 for new head of IT - 24 Feb 2016

From Norfolk County Council is looking for a new head of IT and information management, and offering a salary of up to £115,000 for the successful candidate. The successful applicant will, according to the council, have to support the delivery of its Re-Imagining Norfolk strategy, by which the council aims to ... read more..

Public sector CIO claims 40% cost saving from virtual desktop deployment - 18 Nov 2015

From The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is deploying Citrix desktop virtualisation software and other tools in a move that will save 3 million a year while boosting efficiency and flexibility for mobile workers. The announcement comes after it was revealed that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has ... read more..

Austerity impacts public sector IT roles while private sector thrives - 06 Oct 2015

From SourceWire IT contractors are set to benefit from continued investment into the private sector, while cuts have affected public sector demand, according to giant group. The specialist services provider's latest analysis of its contractor database found that IT professionals believe there will be growing opportunities across the private sector ... read more..

The cloud doesn’t save us money, and we need MORE technical staff than before, claims local authority IT chief - 30 Sep 2015

From The shift to cloud computing services hasn't yielded all the benefits that the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead had expected, according to the local authority's head of technology and change delivery, Rocco Labellarte. Labellarte was speaking at Computing's Data Centre Summit 2015 in London, where he explained ... read more..

Less than 5% of senior public sector staff view their CIO or CTO as a 'driver of change' - 22 Sep 2015

From Less than 5% (4.2%) of senior public sector staff view their CIO and CTO as the drivers of change, a report from cloud solutions provider Ancoris reveals. This chimes with comments from Jonathan Mitchell, non-executive chairman of the CIO practice at Harvey Nash, who said that CIOs were ... read more..

Public sector IT needs shake-up - 16 Sep 2015

From Without an overhaul of public sector IT, the government will fail to deliver the savings needed, according to a report by Civica. The report, entitled Enabling a new world of public service delivery, calls for an increase in the 'public sector's data IQ' through better use of data, ... read more..

Is Office 365 really cheaper than going open source? - 09 Sep 2015

From TechRepublic At first glance, the claim your business could make substantial savings by switching from free open source software to a subscription-based service might seem unlikely. Yet that is what a Microsoft-commissioned report argues, predicting the cloud-based productivity suite Office 365 could be almost 80% cheaper than relying on ... read more..

60% of local authorities don’t know how much sensitive data they have or where it is kept - 26 May 2015

From A staggering 60% of local authorities don't know how much sensitive data they hold, or where it is kept, according to research conducted by managed data and voice service provider Six Degrees Group (6DG). The company received responses from 302 UK local authorities to its Freedom of Information requests. It ... read more..

Budget 2015: first look at the policies for technology - 19 Mar 2015

From The Chancellor, George Osborne, has delivered his final Budget before the 2015 general election and has included a range of measures to help support the growth of technology and digital government across the UK. Computer Weekly has also published more analysis of the key announcements but here is a ... read more..

75% of councils say lack of IT investment undermines services - 19 Jan 2015

From Computerworld UK Three-quarters of senior council staff polled say service delivery is being undermined by a lack of IT investment, according to research out last week. Of 108 senior local government decision makers sampled, 79% supported the use of technology and digital to improve the delivery of council services. Less than ... read more..

IT managers at a fork in the road - 04 Mar 2013

From The 26th edition of IT Trends, published by Socitm Insight, says that familiarity with easy-to-use home ICTs and smartphones 'is developing a much greater understanding of the potential of information and technology among ICT service users'. Chris Head, the report's author, said that the overall 'consumerisation' of IT would be ... read more..

Cloud Computing to Remain High on the Agenda in 2013 (OpinionWire 16 November 2012) - 16 Nov 2012

Smart City Market Movers Stimulate ProgressSmartness is coming soon to a city near you. Truly, it is: the smart city chimera seems to have been with us forever, but there is something happening in the UK that is finally moving the market from the envisioning stage to the deployment stage ... read more..

‘Cloud First’ Raises Expectations of Innovation (OpinionWire 28 September 2012) - 28 Sep 2012

Splunk Aims to Climb the Value ChainSplunk, which specialises in delivering a data platform for machine data, is approaching a turning point. The explosion of sensory data part of the big data phenomenon is pulling the company in different directions. With a base as the data platform for ... read more..

Informatica Eases Development and Consumption of Cloud Integration with iPaaS (OpinionWire 14 September 2012) - 14 Sep 2012

Meeting Business Objectives with an Enterprise-Wide Application Integration StrategyApplication integration is an enabler of many strategic initiatives and business-critical functionality, including application modernisation, B2B e-commerce, data synchronisation and reduction in the cost of IT. Given the strategic role that integration plays in the realisation of desired business results, it is ... read more..

Securing Data Is All About Devices and Users (OpinionWire 24 August 2012) - 24 Aug 2012

The Landscape Around Open Data and Gov 2.0 Starts to Take Shapeidea of Gov 2.0 re-envisioning whats possible in government/citizen interaction and problem solving through the application of collaboration technologies has been around since 2004. Only very recently, however, has it reached the common lexicon, with local, state ... read more..

Results of NCC Members Question: Sidestepping the OJEU tender process - 26 Apr 2012

Results of NCC Member's Question: Issued 28 March 2012 NCC Members can ask relevant questions of the wider NCC membership, moderated by NCC. We collate the responses, where appropriate anonymise them, then publish the results on the website for the benefit of the wider Membership. Can you help with this question ... read more..

Cloud Helps Enterprises Adapt to a Post-Desktop World (OpinionWire 13 April 2012) - 16 Apr 2012

Big Data Creates Demand for Analytics SkillsThe emergence of big data promises to create IT jobs, with business intelligence (BI) and analytics expertise the key drivers. As big data increasingly becomes part of corporate IT strategies and infrastructure, organisations will be on the lookout for specialist analytics skills to unlock ... read more.. Changes Cloud Strategy (OpinionWire 30 March 2012) - 30 Mar 2012

IT Really Does MatterBig changes are brewing on the CIO horizon, as the days of internal IT cost-cutting appear to be numbered. There is only so much an enterprise can save through infrastructure efficiency and commodity panel contracts. The next big wave will centre on productivity, innovation and a renewed ... read more..

NCC Members Question: Sidestepping the OJEU tender process - 28 Mar 2012

NCC Members can ask relevant questions of the wider NCC membership, moderated by NCC. We collate the responses, where appropriate anonymise them, then publish the results on the website for the benefit of the wider Membership. Can you help with this question from a local government organisation? We are using and ... read more..

Satisfying the Diverse BI End User (OpinionWire 2 March 2012) - 02 Mar 2012

The Increasing Complexity of Application Integration Calls for New ApproachesOrgansations are deploying a wider range of applications in different deployment models, and often finding that seamless integration is the key for realisation of the true business value of these investments. The traditional approaches to application integration have failed to deliver ... read more..

Selecting & Implementing a New FMS for the Not for Profit sector - 17 Jan 2012

Date: Tuesday 17th January 2012Time: 09:00 - 13:30 (GMT)Location: LondonCost: Free of ChargeEnrol: Click hereOverview: Sapphire's Master-class in Selecting Implementing a new Financial Management Solution - specifically for the Not for Profit sector, is aimed at anyone who has at any point considered changing their financial solution but does ... read more..

SMEs supplying into the public sector - how high is the bar…? - 20 Sep 2011

public sector procurement IT procurement specialist and Probrand MD, Peter Robbins, explores the barriers restraining the public sector from doing more business with SMEs. The current process design and management results in duplicated requests for information, suppliers being engaged for an unnecessarily long time and SMEs being excluded as distinct requirements ... read more..

Decline and divide in IT spending - 12 Sep 2011

NCC Media ReleaseFrom the National Computing Centre, Manchester UK. 12th September 2011.A new survey from the National Computing Centre, The Benchmark of IT Spending and Strategy 2011 shows that UK organisational Information Technology (IT) spending remains in decline. A significant divide in IT spending between public and private sectors ... read more..

Changes in the IT vendor landscape (OpinionWire 9 September 2011) - 09 Sep 2011

i2 buy deepens IBM's Big Data war chest IBM's Big Data arsenal got a bit bigger in September 2011 after it acquired Cambridge, UK-based i2 for its analysis and fraud prevention software. i2 brings advanced analytics technology to the table that is consistent with IBM's strategy to strengthen and expand ... read more..

'We were keen to demonstrate that ICT is a quality organisation and could meet the requirements of both internal and external audit.' - 26 Aug 2011

ITDA CASE STUDY: Bedford Borough Council ICT ServicesMichael Dean talks to Sharon Hayes, Quality Manager and Project Officer, Bedford Borough Council and finds out why the Unitary Authority applied for accreditation to the National Computing Centres Standard for IT departments and what they got out of the process. Bedford Borough ... read more..

Raising the bar at British Transport Police - 13 Jul 2011

Michael Dean talks to Paul Day, Head of IS and Business Support at British Transport Police about their accreditation to the National Computing Centre Standard for IT Departments For the British Transport Police (BTP) 2012 will be a defining year. Policing the London Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a ... read more..

Delivering 'better for less' with GIS - 14 Jun 2011

geographical information systems Geographical information systems (GIS) technology has been around in some shape or form for over 40 years, helping analyse and make sense of spatial data. But today, GIS is helping solve a raft of new challenges in both the private and public sector, as it comes of ... read more..

NCC Members Question: Public Sector Online Services - 10 Jun 2011

NCC Members can ask relevant questions to the wider NCC membership, moderated by NCC. We collate the responses, where appropriate anonymise them, then publish the results on the website for the benefit of the wider Membership. Can you help? A public sector organisation is commissioning a project to enable services ... read more..

Austerity measures take first bite from public sector IT (OpinionWire 6 May 2011) - 06 May 2011

Is there a market for another enterprise search product? US/German company Q-Sensei is starting to actively promote its enterprise search platform. This product, like many others, is aiming to give organizations a single combined interface for all of their information and social media feeds. However, in Q-Sensei's case, it aims ... read more..



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