Public Sector IT:

April, 2011


April 28, 2011  6:00 AM

Government standards vehicle driven by “clueless fuckwittery”

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Government IT, poor communications, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

A senior member of a leading British tech standards body has launched an excoriating attack on Cabinet Office efforts to implement the central plank of its ICT Strategy.

The outburst has opened a crack into the secretive...

April 26, 2011  5:00 PM

Agile will fail GovIT, says corporate lawyer

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Agile, Government IT, IT legal developments, Outsourcing, project failures, Project management, SMEs

In a guest blog, corporate IT lawyer Alistair Maughan argues that Agile development is an evangelical fad ill-suited to government IT.


April 21, 2011  12:13 PM

Police data hub raises doubts over open source policy

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Data sharing, database state, Government IT, local government, Outsourcing, politics, Project management, standardization of Government IT

A landmark software deal that exemplifies key elements of the government's public sector reform programme may have exposed shortcomings in open source policy and plans for an IT-enabled Big Society.

The deal involves the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA)...


April 14, 2011  1:09 PM

Local ICT sold down river

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
G-Cloud, Government IT, HMRC, local government, politics, standardization of Government IT, £6bn Tory savings

Localism is the buzzword for the Local Government ICT Strategy. But centralisation is the modus operandi. Cuts are the impetus. Privatisation will be the outcome.

While Her Majesty's department for Communities plots devolution, local government ICT is being...


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