When IT Meets Politics:


January 17, 2011  10:26 AM

Turning inflexible and toxic outsourcing contracts into win-win partnerships

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alderhay, CEDR, ERG, Eurim, OGC

Ministers are seeking to create a new world of open and transparent government at the same time as negotiating discounts on current contracts with their leading suppliers. This is not as impossible as it seems because many of those contracts are also unprofitable. They benefited...

October 27, 2010  2:38 PM

Can society afford to rely on security by afterthought not design?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
(ISC)2, Afterthought, Alcatel-Lucent, BCS, CESG, CPNI, CSC, EADS, Fujitsu, IBM, Identrust, IET, IISP, ISACA, ISSA, Logica, OGC, OSC

On 18th October, when the Government launched its security strategy, the Home Secretary, Theresa May argued that attacks on computer networks are among the biggest threats to the UK.  On 20th October the...

July 30, 2010  5:49 PM

Is government about to be transformed?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, CCTA, ERG, Janet, NEN, OGC, OJEU, REIP

The Cabinet Office draft structural reform plan is curiously unambitious in some areas (for example the £6 billion savings targets set for the Efficiency and Reform Group) and  centralist in...

June 20, 2010  6:46 PM

The timetable for the Public Sector Revolution

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, OGC, Plan, treasury

If you have not already done so, take a look at the "Cabinet Office Structural Reform Plan". This is the timetable for the hundred days to change the heart of Government. OGC moved from Treasury to to Cabinet Office...

October 21, 2009  5:01 PM

Getting more for less: the reform of public service delivery

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
NAO, OGC, Procurement

IT suppliers find it hard to understand the animosity to them from politicians when they are blamed for "failure" despite having done all that the contract said. The reason is that the politicians remember being told that the new system will do whatever they want...

September 14, 2009  9:17 AM

Wise Spending needs clarity of objectives

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Eurim, OGC

"Wise spending - not big spending" was how a BBC presenter summarised Lord Mandelson's comments this morning on the announcements planned this week. Commenting on the Eurim guide to...

March 25, 2009  12:51 PM

The Moving Gateway: From “Entitlement” to “Identity” Cards

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ID cards, OGC, PAYE

The Gateway Zero reviews for project 412 show a moving target. The title changes from "entitlement" to "identity" cards. The status...

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