When IT Meets Politics:

May, 2010

May 31, 2010  1:10 PM

Could the Digital Economy Act bring down the coalition?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

In my entry "Hung, drawn and quartered", while it was still unclear whether the coalition would be Lab-Lib or Con-Dem,  I speculated on what could bring it down - whether...

May 29, 2010  9:32 AM

The need to be serious about restoring the image (and professionalism) of ICT

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ApComms, Cloud Computing, Eurim, Pitcom, Professionalism

Last year the spend on big IT systems in the UK dropped by over 5%, more in the private sector, over 8 - 9 % in financial services, manufacturing, mining and construction. More ICT staff (30%) had to accept pay cuts than the national average (27%). Local Authorities had to cut 10% of...

May 27, 2010  12:45 PM

ID Card good-bye – Welcome “Passport to Pimlico” and post code lottery?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ID cards

The cancellation of national ID cards may, paradoxically, lead to a burgeoning of spend on public sector ID systems as the removal of uncertainty allows local councils to move forward with low cost residents' cards, as are used to improve...

May 26, 2010  10:27 AM

Sad to see BECTA go – but DESc had killed it decades ago

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BECTA, CEOP, Childnet, co-opetition, RBC

BECTA was the last reincarnation of the Micro-electronics Support Unit, created to support the DTI Micros in Schools programme which I had written into the policy proposals of both Conservative and Labour parties in 1979. The original proposal was for ten times the hardware...

May 25, 2010  10:32 AM

How many UK Public Sector IT suppliers will survive the cuts?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

What do you call an industry which does not plan for the inevitable? Like Y2K the cuts in ICT spend announced yesterday were inevitable. What was not inevitable was the rush of buyers and suppliers into a final round of big-bang deals that were bad value for...

May 21, 2010  11:35 AM

If the Coalition culls those systems and services which are not fit for purpose..

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
social inclusion

One of the least painful ways to make major cuts is to begin by identifying those operations that are no longer fit for purpose, if they ever were. In the public sector that might include all those on-line services and call centres that cannot be used by their target audiences, those who...

May 18, 2010  1:52 PM

How can UK ICT suppliers survive the coming cuts?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

In the early 1980s I had to turn round the NCC Microsystems Centre when the DTI funding vanished in a typical government double-counting operation. My staff - I merely encouraged them - managed to stop the bleeding and to grow the operation, on...

May 16, 2010  11:55 AM

Welsh Office to lead the way on teleconferencing?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Cheryl GIllan has announced that the Welsh Office is to scrap first class rail travel for all staff, however senior. If the...

May 13, 2010  1:35 PM

Lib-Con plans for NHS IT

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Further to my blog yesterday, those wishing to ponder the future of NHS IT could do a lot worse than look at the previous Conservative policy statement in response to the

May 12, 2010  12:17 PM

Why NHS IT spend may actually rise over the next few years

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Conservative, Kable, Libdem, NHSIA, NPfIT

MIchael Cross has written a typically well informed and thoughful piece for Kable on the convergence of the Conservative and LibDem plans for NHS IT but I...

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