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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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November 20, 2015  2:32 PM

Software is never perfect – and that includes the Post Office’s controversial Horizon system

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Horizon, Postmasters, Software, Software development

Software goes wrong. Every developer knows that. Even the most thoroughly tested piece of software can come up with an unexpected set of circumstances that cause it to behave in an...

September 11, 2015  1:37 PM

Buy vs build and the rise of open source are driving digital transformation

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Agile, commoditisation, Digital skills, Digital strategy, Linux, OpenSource, Software, Software development, Software licensing

One of the defining characteristics of digital transformation for most organisations is the realisation that software development is a core business activity. For much of the 1990s and 2000s, building your own software was something to be outsourced - often to low-cost offshore providers. "We're...

May 28, 2015  4:23 PM

The software legacy that haunts businesses

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Business Continuity, Nats, Postmasters, RBS, Risk management, Software, Software development

Imagine this: The new century is barely a year or two old. You're a programmer, working on one of the most critical software projects in the UK, to build the

May 22, 2015  4:19 PM

Business is going digital but IT departments have yet to grasp the way they have to change

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
bimodal, DevOps, digital, GAAP, Gartner, Hailo, Microservices, OpenStack, Software development

"Digital" is undoubtedly the buzzword of the day in conversations between IT leaders and their executive counterparts in the organisation. But it's only recently that the full implications of "going digital" are becoming clear in the IT department.

We hear plenty about

April 11, 2014  10:26 AM

Does Heartbleed show it is time to ‘corporatise’ open source?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Big Data, GDS, Heartbleed, IT security, OpenSource, OpenSSL, Software development

The exposure of the Heartbleed bug that causes a major security vulnerability in many websites has handed a gift to the anti-open source lobby.

One of...

January 31, 2014  4:33 PM

It isn’t easy being agile, as Universal Credit and BBC DMI have learned

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Agile, BBC, digital, DMI, Software development, Universal Credit

It is becoming a truism that if you want to be a digital business, you need to adopt agile software development.

It's certainly true that most pure-play e-commerce companies are built around agile thinking, as are most tech startups. And there is growing acceptance in big corporates...

January 14, 2014  12:23 PM

When will government IT teams learn they are not as different as they think

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Capita, Cloud Computing, Government IT, MOD, Procurement, Project management, Software development

We learned today of another government IT fiasco - millions of pounds being wasted at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on a system for recruiting soldiers and reservists for the...

January 9, 2014  2:15 PM

Government digital drive hit by government immigration policies

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital skills, dwp, Government IT, IT skills, Software development, Universal Credit

As any IT manager who has tried to recruit software developers with digital skills and agile experience will know, there are not enough suitably skilled people on the market.

For those that are available, they can pick and choose - a major retailer looking to improve its multichannel...

June 21, 2013  11:58 AM

Smart CIOs understand the distinction between digital and IT

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
CIO, cloud, digital, Mobile, Skills, Software, Software development, Strategy

Language has always been a barrier between business and IT. For years, technical jargon protected the IT department because their business colleagues assumed they needed these well-paid experts to understand all this complexity.

More recently, that jargon has been understandably used...

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