Computer Weekly Editor's Blog:

March, 2011

March 31, 2011  1:16 PM

Dear Phil Pavitt, this one is for you

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
BCS, CIO, Government IT, HMRC, Leadership, NHS

How often do you, as an IT leader, tell people in other parts of the business what you have achieved?

For many IT folk, that sort of self-promotion doesn't always come naturally - and often that can be one of the causes of negative misperceptions about the IT department and its...

March 24, 2011  10:57 AM

How to make sure this was a Budget for business IT

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Broadband, budget, Careers, CIO, government, Leadership, recruitment, Skills, SME, Start up

Chancellor George Osborne labelled the latest contents of his tattered red briefcase as a Budget for business, and if that proves to be the case then it would be a good one for the IT sector and IT professionals.

It's going to be a big "if" though.

On paper,

March 23, 2011  11:06 AM

Thank you, ladies

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Careers, Diversity, Leadership, recruitment, Skills

Any mention of "women in IT" is often received by certain sections of the male IT profession with a sigh, a shake of the head, and a cynical "not again..." Perhaps it's the same in any male-dominated industry, but I find it hugely disappointing whenever I come across such a dinosaur attitude...

March 18, 2011  2:25 PM

The lesson of DWP/Fujitsu – ask your suppliers the difficult questions

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Contracts, Desktop PC, dwp, Fujitsu, Government IT, Project management, purchasing, Support

Oh dear. It's one thing to win a multimillion-pound government IT contract only to later be exposed for running late and over budget - what IT supplier hasn't done that a few times? But to win a £300m deal and lose it before it has even started - surely that takes some doing.


March 11, 2011  2:55 PM

Who wants to employ IT professionals any more?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Careers, Government IT, jobs, Skills

IT professionals could be forgiven for being somewhat unsure about who they are likely to be working for in future.

Take this selection of quotes from the past week alone:

"There has been a general reduction in [public sector] IT staff, but some areas will need to be beefed up,"...

March 4, 2011  12:54 PM

2011 UK census can be a milestone in regulating data privacy

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Census, Data protection, Facebook, Google, government, legislation, privacy, regulation

Ten years ago, Computer Weekly posed the question, "Will there ever be another paper-based census?" As we all wait to receive our paper census forms this month, little has changed in a decade that has seen enormous changes in technology.

At least

March 2, 2011  3:52 PM

When is the new government IT strategy due?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Government IT, Open source, SME, Strategy

There's plenty of rumour and speculation doing the rounds over the timing and contents of the imminent government IT strategy, due to be released anytime soon by the Cabinet Office.

I've been told that it is pretty much finalised and just waiting for ministerial approval and for a time...

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