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March 21, 2016  6:30 PM

What now for Universal Credit – and could Iain Duncan Smith quitting lift the veil of secrecy?

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

Amid all the political fallout and the carnage within the Conservative Party since the shock resignation of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith last week, many observers have started asking questions about

February 12, 2016  10:23 AM

Why are so many organisations bringing outsourced IT back in-house?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
EDS, GDS, Government IT, Insourcing, local government, Outsourcing, Skills

To outsource or to not outsource? That, for many IT leaders, has been something of a religious question for a long time. You're either a follower or you're not.

But we are no nearer to answering the question of whether outsourcing works. In recent months, Computer Weekly has talked to...

December 11, 2015  10:53 AM

GDS must respond openly and honestly to NAO criticism

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
e-borders, GDS, Government IT, NAO, PAC, RPA

MPs are often at their most lyrically creative when they sit on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and are given free rein to criticise those they see as miscreants wasting taxpayers' money.

So this week we saw

October 12, 2015  4:41 AM

DVLA shows the long-overdue maturing of outsourcing in government

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
DVLA, EDS, Government IT, HP, Outsourcing

Former Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude once described DVLA as having the worst outsourcing contract in government - and that's quite an accolade, given the number of terrible deals in the public sector.

So it's not surprising that people in government technology now are quietly...

August 19, 2015  6:09 PM

Why GDS doesn’t matter – the questions for UK digital government

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, Digital strategy, GAAP, GDS, Government IT, Whitehall

The summer parliamentary recess is meant to be a quiet time for anyone writing about government matters, but for those of us following all things technology it's been an unexpectedly busy period.

June 17, 2015  4:31 PM

If you want big data, start small

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Analytics, Big Data, Customer engagement, Government IT, Open data, RBS

If you believe everything the IT industry tells you, then by now "big data" should have resolved all your decision-making problems and presented executives and employees with the insights they need to do their jobs...

May 15, 2015  10:05 AM

What does the end of the “Francis Maude era” mean for GDS?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
CCS, GDS, Government IT

Earlier this week, I wrote here that a new Conservative government could mean more changes in government IT than such administrative consistency would suggest. It already seems those changes...

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...

May 6, 2015  10:07 AM

The digital challenge for the new government

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Broadband, Government IT, Skills, Startups

It's been said that the general election this week is the most important for a generation. That's probably true on a number of levels - and certainly within the microcosm of the IT and digital community.

Technology is not going to decide who wins, but it is going to underpin the...

April 29, 2015  3:52 PM

If not GDS, then what?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
GDS, Government IT

The closer we've come to the UK general election, the more it seems the Government Digital Service (GDS) is taking a public bashing. You might...

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