Computer Weekly Editor's Blog:

February, 2014


February 27, 2014  11:03 AM

Now comes the acid test for the government’s open standards policy

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Government IT, Microsoft, Microsoft Office, ODF, OOXML

The UK government's consultation on the use of open document formats has closed*, and we now wait for the acid test of the Cabinet Office commitment to open standards.

The outcome of this process will determine the government's ability to break its lock-in to proprietary software for...

February 24, 2014  11:16 AM

Thanks Microsoft – we now know that everybody prefers ODF to OOXML for government document standards

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Government IT, Microsoft, Microsoft Office, ODF, OOXML

Microsoft's call to its friends in the software community to contribute to the government's consultation on open document formats seems to have worked.

Although,...


February 18, 2014  12:03 PM

The lesson from the NHS Care.data row: You can’t keep privacy issues private any more

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Care.data, Database, IT security, NHS, privacy

The rumbling, growing row over the NHS England Care.data service has become an instruction manual for how not to handle data privacy in the digital age.

For anyone not aware of the...


February 14, 2014  1:10 PM

Coding for kids is great – but where do digital skills come from in the meantime?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Camden, Coding, Digital skills, Digital strategy, dwp, Education, Skills, Training, Universal Credit

There has been a lot of discussion lately on the topic of teaching school children how to code.


February 7, 2014  1:42 PM

No matter what else you think, Microsoft’s new CEO is a safe hand for enterprise IT

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Bill Gates, cloud, Microsoft, Mobile, nokia, Satya Nadella, Software, Steve Ballmer, Windows 8

In the space of a few days, a chap called Satya Nadella has become the most written about individual in global IT.

Even though few people outside the circle of journalists...


February 6, 2014  12:48 PM

The question that matters on Universal Credit: Do you believe Iain Duncan Smith?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
dwp, Government IT, Open source, Universal Credit

Do you believe Iain Duncan Smith?

This is becoming a key question in the progress of the troubled Universal Credit welfare reform programme.

The secretary of state for...


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