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June 24, 2011  11:55 AM

It is becoming clearer how the cloud will really change the role of IT

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
cloud, Cloud Computing, G-Cloud, Government IT, Swift

One of the many questions frequently posed by IT leaders in relation to cloud computing asks which services should, and which should not, be moved into the cloud. It's a challenge facing government - as

June 15, 2011  3:51 PM

Government identity banks start to take shape

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
government, Government IT, Hackers, identity cards, Identity fraud, Security

Here's a story that's going to run and run - and one I predict will start to make national news headlines once its significance sinks in to the consumer press.

As part of its plans to create a national identity assurance scheme for online public services, the government is proposing to...


May 20, 2011  4:40 PM

NHS IT needs better care than the unlamented National Programme

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Government IT, health, NAO, NHS, NPfIT

At Computer Weekly, we've loved the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT), it's been such a great source of articles and of ideas for these leader columns in its long existence. Of...


April 1, 2011  2:46 PM

Why the government IT strategy needs to become irrelevant

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Agile, CIO, Cloud Computing, Government IT, Microsoft, Open source, OpenOffice, Strategy

The initial reaction from some observers to the new government IT strategy was, "So what's new?"

Certainly there is little in terms of the practicalities...


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 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.

The


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 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...


February 25, 2011  3:46 PM

Whitehall open source plan heralds a behaviour change for suppliers

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
government, Government IT, Microsoft, Open source, Procurement, Software, Strategy

Has anyone kept a count of the number of times the government has said it is going to move to open source software? It's been a favoured goal for many years...


February 17, 2011  4:27 PM

David Cameron, meet IT reality (part two)

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
government, Government IT, It spending, NAO, Strategy

Only last week, I wrote on this blog that David Cameron and Co are quickly learning that the problems of government IT are more intractable than their pre-election good intentions are...


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