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Skills for the world of the future: AI, Big Data, Robotics etc.

Blog  Over the past few weeks we have had much hype of the effect of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Robotics on the world of work and the subjects we should be teaching our chidren. Almost exactly 35 years ago, Donald Michie, the "father" of research into machine intelligence, was given a free hand...

Last updated: Aug 28, 2017   11:26 AM GMT  |  Blog: When IT Meets Politics   |      Artificial intelligence, Robotics, Training
Are self-assessments the right way to go?

Blog  About a decade ago a family member chastised me for having an auto repair shop do my oil changes for me. She (yeah, youre reading that right she) pointed out how ridiculously easy it was to drain the old oil, replace it with the new stuff and check a wide variety of fluid levels, conn...

Last updated: Sep 21, 2012   3:44 PM GMT  |  Blog: Regulatory Reality
Give Cerner a chance says ex-Royal Free employee

Blog   Responding to a feature-length article in The Guardian on the NHS IT scheme, Alex Homersham, who worked at the Royal Free in Hampstead when the Cerner Millennium system went live last June, says it's unfair to criticise a system that's still in its infancy. Homersham says in a letter to the Guardia...

Last updated: Jul 15, 2009   10:55 AM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      NPfIT, project failures, Project management
Is the UK IT profession crumbling at our feet like the car industry did?

Blog   On Monday I blogged about a survey that a reader had created. The aim of the survey is to get to the bottom of the skills shortage debate in the UK. There is a lot of disagreement on this. There have been 41 respondents in a couple of days and we are beginning to paint a picture of the IT sector in...

Last updated: Jan 12, 2011   11:59 AM GMT  |  Blog: Investigating Outsourcing   |      ICTs, Offshoring, Scream
Profit lures London councils into IT sales venture

Blog   Two London councils have embarked on a scheme to sell IT services for profit after concluding their cost-saving backoffice merger could grab them a big slice of the 144bn local government market.Giving their project the code-name Romulus, after the rapacious founder of the ancient City of Rome, t...

Last updated: Apr 17, 2014   5:48 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      Uncategorized
Why do we never learn? The pre-conditions for public sector systems success

Blog   This afternoon I was at a meeting discussing why it appears almost impossible to follow good practice when it comes to flagship public sector IT systems. I agreed to "blog" my article for "Transformation", the magazine of the National School of Government, Spring 2008. By t...

Last updated: Jan 17, 2011   9:31 PM GMT  |  Blog: When IT Meets Politics   |      iMIS
Education and training to help build the future, not just preserve the past

Blog  Unless you understand the past you cannot make sense of the present let alone make sensible preparations for an uncertain future. Unfortunately most discussion on education and training policy is based on mythology about the past, systemically flawed measures of success/failure with regard to the pr...

Last updated: Sep 5, 2018   3:00 PM GMT  |  Blog: When IT Meets Politics
Highlights of National Audit Office NPfIT report

Blog  These are excerpts from today's report [16 May 2008] by the National Audit Office on the NHS's National Programme for I.T Much has been published by Connecting for Health on the achievements so far of the NPfIT. The excerpts here highlight some of the important lessons to be learned from the challe...

Last updated: May 16, 2008   12:59 AM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      NPfIT
CISCO VPN Client Connection Issue

Answer  During the Xmas holidays 2010 I had Catosrphic failure on my computer resulting re-loading oprating system and all software from scratch. Prior to this my VPN Client connection to my work server had no issues and working fine. Since Xmas I have been unable to connect my VPN with the Reason 442 ...

Last updated: Feb 19, 2011   9:53 AM GMT   |    Cisco VPN, Cisco VPN Error Messages, VPN issue
Cautiously excited about smart cities

Blog  What gets you excited? A great meal at a famous restaurant? The Stanley Cup? What about smart cities? Perhaps, but more than likely, you don't really spend much time thinking about it, much less get excited about it. That is understandable, but a glimpse into where we are headed might just might pro...

Last updated: Apr 11, 2016   3:53 PM GMT  |  Blog: IoT Agenda   |      Internet of Things, iot, Sensors
Everything on-line is potentially fake and we cannot tell the difference

Blog  I am currently preparing for an ISOC England meeting on Fake News on 13th July and wanted to link back to my award winning essay for the conference to mark the 50th Anniversary of LEO (the first business computer) and my prediction that we would pass through a period of collapse in belief of the ver...

Last updated: Jun 25, 2017   10:55 AM GMT  |  Blog: When IT Meets Politics   |      LEO, LSE
Envisioning the (collapse of confidence in) Global Information Society

Blog  It is 15 years since my submission for the Conference to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Leo, the first business computer was published. The task was to predict the world of business computing fifty year ahead. My entry was titled "Envisioning the Global Information Society". One development that ...

Last updated: May 21, 2016   12:37 AM GMT  |  Blog: When IT Meets Politics   |      confidence, Digital skills, Information security
How Europe did 20 years of backroom deals with Microsoft-1993: EC rubber-stamps Microsoft monopoly

Blog   Europe's ill-fated 1993 migration to Microsoft Office was rubber-stamped by a committee that failed to see how it would get locked into buying Microsoft without a competition for the next 20 years, show documents released to Computer Weekly.The European Commission used dubious reasoning to justify ...

Last updated: Jul 25, 2012   7:00 AM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      CCAM(93)234, competition, DIGIT
All Tech Blogs on Project Management and Quality Assurance on ITKE in 2011

Blog  Hey this is the last blogs post for the year 2011. Here is a list of my all blogs written during the year 2011 at ITKE. 1. Jan 12 2011 10:11AM GMT http://bit.ly/hL2AHA Business Value And Software Product https://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/quality-assurance/business-value-and-software-pr...

Last updated: Dec 31, 2011   2:16 PM GMT  |  Blog: Quality Assurance and Project Management
Tory policy on government IT, open source and openness

Blog  Conservative leader David Cameron has outlined his partys IT strategy for government saying there would be a level playing field for open source software in IT procurement and no room for projects like the hubristic NHS supercomputer. He also proposes spending transparency in wh...

Last updated: Apr 4, 2008   12:17 AM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      accountability, Government IT, NPfIT
Is the internet destroying Western Liberal Democracy?

Blog  There is an irony in the appointment by the House of Lords of a committee to explore the impact of digital technologies on democracy. The Internet is now, however, global. The majority of users live in parts of the world which had city states and empires while our ancestors were still wearing woad...

Last updated: Jun 18, 2019   10:27 PM GMT  |  Blog: When IT Meets Politics   |      democracy, fake news, Internet
The organizational psychology of IoT

Blog  We are in the midst of a major confrontation between an irresistible force and an immovable object. The irresistible force is technology disruption, and the immovable object is the change monster -- the inability of large organizations to make the necessary changes to remain competitive on the globa...

Last updated: Oct 23, 2017   8:26 PM GMT  |  Blog: IoT Agenda   |      Collaboration, Digital transformation, Internet of Things
MPs hear more revelations about Gov.uk Verify as troubled project gets a new leader

Blog  Hello and good luck, to Lisa Barrett - the newly appointed director of digital identity at the Government Digital Service (GDS). She's taken on what many people outside GDS see as something of a poisoned chalice. You might think it strange, that this job has been created for the first time barely...

Last updated: Mar 25, 2019   12:52 AM GMT  |  Blog: Computer Weekly Editor's Blog
Why do we still have digital skills gap" when Harold Wilson identified both problem and solution?

Blog   1.    Until earlier this year we were trapped in Groundhog Day There have been regular enquiries into shortages of what we now call "digital skills" for 50 years.  A cyclical pattern was identified in the 1980s. Each recession after that of 1979 - 83 accelerated the decline in d...

Last updated: Dec 28, 2015   6:49 PM GMT  |  Blog: When IT Meets Politics   |      Apprenticeship, Contracts, Digital skills
Funding Full Fibre Networks - what if BT cannot afford its share?

Blog  On February 2nd the chairman of BT Openreach finally admitted that they have seriously under-invested in upgrades and maintenance over recent years . On February 3rd Mike Kiely blogged on how much they have been overcharging local authorities and are liable to refund. His figures look similar to...

Last updated: Feb 3, 2017   2:47 PM GMT  |  Blog: When IT Meets Politics   |      Arqiva, Broadband, BT
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