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October 7, 2016  11:17 AM

Government must not ignore the historic international nature of UK IT

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
"Theresa May", Digital economy, Digital government, Digital skills, Government IT, IT jobs, IT skills, IT training

We didn’t hear much about the digital economy during the recent political party conferences. Prime minister Theresa May made a throwaway comment in her big set-piece...

September 15, 2016  3:50 PM

The all-new GDS under Kevin Cunnington starts here

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, Digital government, Digital strategy, Digital transformation, dwp, GDS, Government IT

So, the first phase of changing the Government Digital Service (GDS) is underway, and it’s clear there is a lot more to come. The Cabinet Office pitched the latest news as...

September 9, 2016  9:48 AM

The grubby day-to-day frustrations of digital change in Whitehall

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Change management, Digital transformation, GDS, Government IT, NHS, NPfIT, Universal Credit, Whitehall

Change is hard. Few business or IT leaders would disagree with such a statement. But learning the lessons from change should be the easy and obvious outcome. Failing to learn the lessons from change even after those lessons have been repeatedly expressed as a result of repeated problems can...

August 23, 2016  8:10 AM

How to break up GDS without breaking up GDS

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, dwp, GDS, Government IT

The Cabinet Office and its latest recruit – new Government Digital Service (GDS) chief Kevin Cunnington – are adamant that

July 20, 2016  6:01 PM

How digital will Theresa May’s government be?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
"David Cameron", "Theresa May",, Digital economy, GAAP, GDS, Government IT

Now that the UK government – well, apart from the Labour party - seems to be returning to some semblance of business as usual following the extraordinary political upheavals of recent weeks, the tech community will be wondering where digital issues stand in new prime minister Theresa May’s...

June 27, 2016  3:03 PM

After Brexit, we have a legacy government – so let’s build a new one based on digital technology

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Brexit, Government IT

Nobody today has the faintest idea what our government is going to look like or how it will work in a post-Brexit world. We are at least two years, possibly more, away from a...

June 9, 2016  3:30 PM

The voter registration website crash – fingers point to software problems …and the Foreign Office

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
cloud, GDS, Government IT, Software development, Website, Website design, Website maintenance

The government has not yet released an official explanation for the crash of the UK voter registration website earlier this week – but Computer Weekly has learned the likely cause. How ironic it is, that the subsequent...

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April 19, 2016  10:43 AM

Liam Maxwell: The man who checks the homework

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
CTO, GDS, Government IT, It spending, oligopoly

Former Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude used to call Liam Maxwell "the man who checks the homework".

First as an advisor to Maude, then

April 15, 2016  11:12 AM

Universal Credit shows it is time to make all major government projects open and transparent

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
dwp, freedom of information, Government IT, Project management, Universal Credit

After four years of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spending taxpayers' money on legal fees to prevent the release of key Universal Credit documents, the only surprise revealed by their eventual publication this week was there was so little to be surprised about.

We knew...

March 24, 2016  2:04 PM

Are there more changes ahead for the Government Digital Service?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick, Cabinet office, GAAP, GDS, Government IT, Verify

As we all know, the Government Digital Service (GDS) was awarded £450m by George Osborne in his Autumn Statement last year.

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