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May 12, 2015  5:34 PM

New government, same government IT? Perhaps not…

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
ASPIRE, Cabinet office, G-Cloud, GAAP, GDS, Government IT, HMRC, local government, Outsourcing, SME

On first impressions, the Conservative election victory appears to be business as usual for IT across government. The challenges before the election are...

October 27, 2014  9:41 AM

Socitm 2014: The digital challenges for local government IT leaders

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital strategy, G-Cloud, GDS, local government, Socitm

A big thank you to Socitm, the society for local government IT leaders, for inviting me to chair their annual conference, which took place last week in Manchester.

As a Liverpool FC supporter, the awkward choice of Old Trafford as the venue...


April 7, 2014  4:26 PM

Analysing G-Cloud: A need for wider awareness and promotion?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
CloudStore, G-Cloud, GDS, Government IT

Few could doubt that the government's G-Cloud purchasing framework has been a success so far. More than £100m has been spent through it, opening up the market to SMEs and...


August 20, 2013  12:49 PM

Does it matter if government buys IT from SMEs or big multinationals?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, G-Cloud, Government IT, oligopoly, Outsourcing, SME, Universal Credit, Whitehall

Does it actually matter whether government buys its IT from small suppliers or big multinationals?

The Cabinet Office seems to think so - it has increased the target for IT...

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May 14, 2013  5:01 PM

Is G-Cloud changing the behaviour of the big IT suppliers?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cloud Computing, CloudStore, datacentre, G-Cloud, Government IT, Memset, Oracle, Salesforce.com, SME

The government's G-Cloud has its critics, who like to cite the relatively few millions of pounds of spending put through the programme as being tiny compared to the annual £16bn government IT spend.

But - putting aside the obvious counter argument that such change takes time and...


May 3, 2013  11:34 AM

Election countdown begins for Whitehall IT reforms

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
cloud, Digital strategy, G-Cloud, Government IT, oligopoly, Open source, Outsourcing, Universal Credit

Two years from this week, it's the next General Election.

Unless the Coalition collapses before 7 May 2015, the election date is fixed and immovable. That means there are just 24 months left for the IT reformers in government to make their changes equally immovable before the political...


December 13, 2012  12:45 PM

Government IT reform – now the real battle starts

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
G-Cloud, Government IT, Open source, Whitehall

Despite the understandable scepticism that was aired about the government's IT reform plans when the coalition came to power, it is worth reflecting on some of the achievements that have been delivered this year.


November 16, 2012  11:27 AM

Universal Credit – the last failure of the old IT regime, or a boost for the new?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
G-Cloud, Government IT, Open source, Universal Credit

There are two things that often signal a major government IT project on the brink of disaster. First, streams of leaks appear suggesting little problems here and rather bigger problems there; and second, the relevant Whitehall press office tells journalists it is not going to provide a "running...


March 29, 2012  11:26 AM

Government to IT suppliers: Does it hurt yet?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
cabinetoffice, Capgemini, CloudStore, G-Cloud, Oracle, Whitehall

When I was a schoolboy, there was a popular if rather sado-masochistic playground game called Chinese burns. This involved grasping your opponent's wrist with both hands, and twisting their skin in opposite directions. They then did the same to you. The loser was the first to yelp in pain or...


February 20, 2012  10:43 AM

G-Cloud is launched, now the dating game begins

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cloud Computing, CloudStore, G-Cloud, Government IT, Kate Craig-Wood, Memset, Supply chain, twitter, Whitehall

In a victory for the government IT reformers, the G-Cloud framework and its associated CloudStore services catalogue are now live.

It's an achievement that deserves...


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