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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...

February 27, 2015  11:29 AM

Do the UK government’s SME spending figures make sense?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, Capita, CCS, Government IT, It spending, Procurement, purchasing, SME

The government this week touted its success at delivering on a policy objective to put 25% of all purchased spend through SMEs - in 2013/14, that amounted to £11.4bn, slightly...


June 26, 2014  4:31 PM

Big IT vs SME IT in government – it’s really about changing IT suppliers’ behaviour

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, GDS, Government IT, Labour, oligopoly, Outsourcing, Procurement, SME

The Cabinet Office plan to bring in more SME IT suppliers and reduce dependence on the old


March 11, 2014  1:00 PM

GDS becomes political as Labour launches digital government review

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Conservatives, Digital strategy, GDS, Government IT, Labour, oligopoly, SME

Government IT - and in particular, the role of the Government Digital Service - is about to get political.

Tomorrow night, the Labour Party launches its digital government review, a programme...


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...


February 24, 2012  12:41 PM

The man who might be king (well, deputy king)

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, Cloud Computing, CloudStore, Government IT, IT Strategy, Open source, SME, Whitehall

When Computer Weekly interviewed Cabinet Office permanent secretary Ian Watmore recently, he cited three names as the key people driving change in IT across the public...


September 8, 2011  11:49 AM

Quietly, cautiously, carefully, government IT may just be getting it right

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
digital, Government IT, Open source, SME, Software, Strategy

Public sector IT remains - rightly - under great scrutiny in the UK. Right now, it faces a set of challenges unique to the political cycle, but they are challenges that warrant patience from the many critics of Whitehall IT policy.

Last year,


March 24, 2011  10:57 AM

How to make sure this was a Budget for business IT

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Broadband, budget, Careers, CIO, government, Leadership, recruitment, Skills, SME, Start up

Chancellor George Osborne labelled the latest contents of his tattered red briefcase as a Budget for business, and if that proves to be the case then it would be a good one for the IT sector and IT professionals.

It's going to be a big "if" though.

On paper,


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...


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