Public Sector IT:

£6bn Tory savings


December 19, 2011  3:46 PM

Suppliers got sweeteners in MOU deals

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Government IT, Outsourcing, Procurement, £6bn Tory savings

Systems integrators got contract extensions in return for cutting costs in their government contracts when they did their bit for the UK austerity drive by signing memoranda of understanding with the Cabinet Office last year.

Government claimed to have won

April 14, 2011  1:09 PM

Local ICT sold down river

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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...


March 23, 2011  1:41 PM

Radical plan to cut Local Gov.IT

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CIOs, G-Cloud, Government IT, local government, Outsourcing, social inclusion, standardization of Government IT, £6bn Tory savings

The draft local government IT strategy has sketched out the beginning of the end for public sector IT.

It's authors may say it is merely a beginning. But these things are certain: it proposes a programme of radical and disruptive change; it is not going to be easy; and this is a taste...


February 2, 2011  5:18 PM

Parliament mulls Hansard for YouTube

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G-Cloud, Government IT, standardization of Government IT, £6bn Tory savings


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November 25, 2010  5:31 PM

DirectGov spunks £200m

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Government IT, politics, project failures, Sir Humphrey, social inclusion, spin, £6bn Tory savings

Has DirectGov really spent £200m producing websites, Jerry Fishenden, LSE fop, former Microsoft suit, and general man about town, asked last year.

Since Fishenden had asked the question via Twitter of Sir Bonar-Neville Kingdom, the ostensible Data Sharing Czar...


November 17, 2010  3:34 PM

Open data sop or not

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Data sharing, freedom of information, Government IT, local government, politics, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability, £6bn Tory savings

If all public information is public and anyone can do what they like with it then...

"You don't need us," concluded one local authority executive at Socitm's 2010 conference in Brighton last month.

Is the public sector really sowing the seeds of its own demise with the...


November 1, 2010  9:20 PM

Papers please!

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Data sharing, database state, Government IT, ID cards, IT and security, politics, privacy, £6bn Tory savings

The House of Lords has been scrapping Identity Cards this last fortnight. Sort of.

It's not simply a matter of "scrap the ID scheme", as the coalition government promised. It's like one of those...


October 28, 2010  2:19 PM

Transparency arranged in secret

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
CIOs, freedom of information, Government IT, politics, transparency and accountability, £6bn Tory savings

Fancy that. Francis Maude's open data revolution is being conducted in secret. That's fine. Everyone knows power can be handed to the people only once the battle is won on their behalf.

The stakes are too high and all that. We trust in the meantime that the revolutionary council will...


October 22, 2010  9:28 AM

Council CRM to console Osborne’s unemployed

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
CIOs, G-Cloud, Government IT, local government, Outsourcing, politics, £6bn Tory savings

Never before has IT has played such an important role in budgetary affairs as in austerity Britain.

How else could we hope to sack a million workers, ask those few still with jobs to do thrice as much, and then watch everyone very closely for the first signs...


October 14, 2010  8:40 AM

Moronic networks bolster local CIOs

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CIOs, freedom of information, G-Cloud, Government IT, local government, politics, social inclusion, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability, £6bn Tory savings

Since the Big Society is the logical consequence of the networked society, it follows also that local government CIOs are among the best placed to make it happen.

That may be like giving Dilbert the keys to the city. But the big society will only work if local computing infrastructure...


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