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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...

November 13, 2015  11:26 AM

Spending review will show how – or if – digital is the future of the public sector

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
GAAP, GDS, HMRC, local government, NHS, Verify

November 25th is highlighted in red ink for any IT leader in the public sector. That's the day the chancellor, George Osborne, reveals the winners and losers in the 2015 spending review, which determines how much cash each department, agency and council gets to spend over the next five years.


October 22, 2015  2:39 PM

Digital transformation will not happen across local government – so what’s the alternative?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
councils, Digital strategy, GDS, local government

We often hear local government talked about as if it were a single entity. It's particularly common in digital circles - "We need a digital transformation of local government!" being a typical...


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...


April 27, 2015  5:04 PM

Is local government capable of the radical change it needs?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
councils, Government IT, local government, Outsourcing, Socitm

Local government IT leaders have spent the last five years of austerity implementing the most dramatic cost cuts the sector has ever seen. Yet they await a new government after the UK...

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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...


September 19, 2014  12:32 PM

Greater devolution offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to accelerate digital government

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
devolution, GDS, Government IT, local government, scotland, Whitehall

So Scotland is not going it alone - and in all probability the whole of the UK will be better for that decision.

The independence drive engaged voters in Scotland like never...


December 6, 2012  1:41 PM

Does outsourcing work? Does anyone actually know?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Capita, Government IT, local government, mutualisation, Outsourcing, Shared services

So, does outsourcing work? Can anybody actually provide a definitive answer, even after two decades of often knee-jerk outsourcing in organisations of all sizes across the UK?

The biggest focus on this question is underway in the local government sector. Councils in


September 17, 2010  11:44 AM

The localism opportunity for local government IT

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
CIO, Collaboration, councils, Government IT, Intellect, local government, Shared services, Socitm

There's always plenty of talk about IT in central government and how the impending spending review will affect big Whitehall projects, and as a result sometimes IT in local government can be a little neglected.

I wouldn't claim to be an expert in local government IT, but I've had a very...


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