When IT Meets Politics:

Socitm


August 5, 2016  6:51 PM

Lifting the Brexit recession with Full Fibre Broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, BT, DPA, FCS, Openreach, Socitm

This week has seen a variety of calls to use infrastructure investment prevent the UK from sliding into a post Brexit recession. Most of the suggestions, (except possibly for an extra runway at Gatwick and restarting the electrification of the Northern railways), are unlikely to produce any...

May 14, 2015  2:29 PM

What difference will the election make to Central and Local Government IT?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BIS, BP, Broadband, CCTA, DCLG, Defra, dwp, GDS, Gigaclear, HMRC, Maldon, NZONI, Ofcom, rural, Socitm

Now that the ministerial appointments have been made we can make a reasonable forecast of what is likely to happen to central and local government IT over the 18 months. That is the period the...


May 11, 2015  4:50 PM

What difference will the election result make to the Digital World?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, 5G, apprenticeships, BDUK, BT, Capita, dwp, European Union, HMRC, IPv6, MITIE, NAO, Serco, SME, Socitm, Universal Credit

The first and most obvious difference that the election has made is that sterling and the stock market have both risen: with telecoms (BT and Colt) and outsourcing companies (Capita, MITIE and Serco) rising above the trend. The general rise indicates that the pressure on public finances is...


May 1, 2015  1:38 PM

When politics meets IT: the gulf between the people and the techies

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Ansip, AT&T, Broadband, BT, Conservative, DPA, ICANN, IETF, IIC, Internet safety, ISOC, Labour, Liberal, manifesto, s, Socitm, Strategy, Technology, Website

The technical press and industry lobbyists appear to be living on a different planet to most voters when it comes to assessing what the election will mean for on-line...


April 9, 2015  12:12 PM

Turning our patchwork of legacy networks into a resilient mesh of smart, future proof utilities

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
)2, 1799, 3, BT, canals, CCRV, consultation, DCIS, DCMS, DECC, ECC, FCC, Georgina, KCOM, Landlord, Liverpool, Mobile, Non-Dom, PSN, railways, roadband, rural, Shard, Sky, Smart grid, Smart meter, Socitm, Virgin, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Wifi, Woking

Shortly after the budget I blogged a welcome for the DCMS-Treasury Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy. Last week


October 27, 2013  11:50 AM

The evolving on-line world leaves BDUK trailing in its wake

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, aEURIM, approval, Arqiva, BDUK, BT, btgroup, competition, consultation, DECC, deutschetelekom, Edward Snowden, EE, European Union, local government, multi-media, O2, PSN, REIP, Sky, Socitm, Telefónica, Virgin Media, Vodafone

Today is the deadline for responses to the BDUK consultation on which I blogged at the beginning of October . It may helpful to take the opportunity to summarise why BDUK should...


January 22, 2011  12:41 PM

Local Government does IT better and cheaper

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, NPfIT, PFI, Procurement, Socitm

I have spent much of the past week helping review material for submissions to the Public Administration Select Committee enquiry. I have also done one of my own to cover points not likely to be made by others. Yesterday, however, I took time out to review the latest


October 28, 2010  2:45 PM

The cost of confused and conflicting guidance on Cybersecurity

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CLAS, CoCo, Eurim, Socitm

The launch of the Information Society Alliance (EURIM) report on Security by Design went very well and rather than blog on the event myself I will cross refer to


June 21, 2010  7:26 PM

Fostering co-opetition in delivering more for less

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
co-opetition, Socitm

Roger Marshall, sometime President of SOCITM, until recently CIO for the Corporation of London and now "neutral" industry Chair of the Information Society Alliance Public Service Delivery Group has just written a strong


November 21, 2008  4:45 PM

How can you help shorten the slump? 1) Smarter Public Procurement

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Intellect, Socitm

Reviews and postponements of big public sector ICT projects are politically popular but are now hitting industry cash flows hard. When spend restarts ministers will almost certainly wish to follow private sector good practice with incremental, rapid payback projects within...


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