From UKAuthority.com 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..
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..
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..
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..
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 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..
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..
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 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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 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..
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..
CMS is the hot topic for 2011Ovum participated in Danish-headquartered J Boye's inaugural European CMS Expert Group in London in February 2011. This non-competitive community of practice intends to draw together the lessons and best practices around content management systems (CMSs), particularly their deployment, to enable organizations to get the ... read more..
The National Housing Federation's IT in Housing Conference We are delighted to support the National Housing Federation (NHF) and will be there at Stand 25 to talk about how we, the National Computing Centre, are working together with the NHF to improve their IT department effectiveness. As Rob Green, Head ... read more..
The National Housing Federations IT Department have achieved Accreditation to the National Computing Centres Standard for IT Departments. Michael Dean wonders if their story sounds familiar? Lets face it, working in IT can sometimes be quite frustrating. Ironically, one of those frustrations can be borne out of the success and ... read more..
In this issue: BPM for the Agile organization Moving from recession to recovery with business intelligence Turning data into intelligence in the public sector Glued on security doesnt work Business agility ... read more..
green IT As part of our look at Greener and more sustainable IT Jason Meers takes a look at repurposing IT Save time and money by converting your old PCs and laptops into thin clients. IT seems that every 10 years or so the computer industry re-invents itself and gives us new ... read more..
John Lovelock, Chief Executive of FAST IiS (the Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software), discusses possible threats to the digital economy. The digital economy has received much publicity over the last year, and especially the last few weeks. The Governments Digital Britain Report has led to the Digital ... read more..
IT Assist, the ICT shared services provider for the Northern Ireland Civil Service have become the latest organisation to achieve accreditation to the new NCC national standard. Consolidating IT services and reducing costs in the public sector through Shared Services has been a government objective since the Gershon Review ... read more..
With unemployment, hiring freezes and redundancy dominating the headlines, its not surprising that many business professionals will happily say goodbye to a recession-dominated 2009 and look forward to a more positive 2010. The IT sector, like many others, was unable to sidestep the impact of a global recession, experiencing a ... read more..
As the age of austerity descends upon the UK public sector, attention is turning to shared services as a means of generating efficiency savings. Many organisations in the sector are considering joining forces to deliver services in order to reduce costs and benefit from economies of scale. Major change could ... read more..
One of the most difficult challenges facing IT directors today is maintaining and upgrading legacy systems. Legacy is becoming a hot topic: research by the Gartner group show that the main concern amongst IT managers in mid-sized IT companies is integration with legacy systems.The Burden of Legacy ... read more..
The problems and issues around requirements capture and management are well documented within the IT industry. It is the defects in the requirements definition process that very often lead to failure in the successful implementation of major IT projects. We would all contend that truly successful development can only take ... read more..