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Network Services framework may appear next week

17 Oct 2014 GCN News

Legal concerns affecting other frameworks may have created delays to long-awaited PSN framework; suppliers warn of risk to bid resources

Shared services and outsourcing still on councils' transformation agenda

17 Oct 2014 GCN News

Risk report considers transformation options for councils to improve service efficiency as health and social care driver places greater financial responsibilities on local authorities

NHS Spine suffers service disruptions

17 Oct 2014 GCN News

HSCIC continues to work with suppliers to address smartcard authentication difficulties that have limited access to service for some users

Health department to outline data safe haven plans by year’s end

17 Oct 2014 GCN News

Response to consultation paper on accredited safe havens to hold GP and hospital data coming by year’s end

Twitter users will now see tweets from people they do not follow

17 Oct 2014 Roland Moore-Colyer

Social media site forces potentially unwelcome tweets into users' feeds

National Museum of Wales tackles digital technology

17 Oct 2014 ComputerWeekly (

The National Museum of Wales is digitising and using modern technology in its seven exhibition campuses

Ministry of Defence appoints British Army CIO as its Head of Operate and Defend

17 Oct 2014 CIO News (CIO Staff)

The Ministry of Defence has appointed Brigadier Alan Hill, previously the British Army's Head of Information Superiority responsible for Army CIO activities, as its Head of Operate and Defend.

Local government outsourcing shrinks workforce 35%

17 Oct 2014 ComputerWeekly (

The number of staff directly employed by a fifth of local authorities will reduce 35% by 2020 as a result of outsourcing

Quarter of IT professionals are working 50-hour weeks

17 Oct 2014 Roland Moore-Colyer

IT workers value work-life balance over salaries, but will quickly move jobs for better career progression

Programme launched for future council chiefs

17 Oct 2014 LocalGov News

Use technology on the front line to boost staff morale and patient care

17 Oct 2014 Health Service Journal

NHS staff need extra support to deliver quality care

LocalGov Digital network steps up shared data push

16 Oct 2014 GCN News

Launch of Localo project part of wider aims to address councils using hundreds of different systems to manage "similar" services

TfL to launch tender for SIAM procurement

15 Oct 2014 GCN News

Service integration and management contract set to be worth around £75m over five years with separate service towers contests to follow

Nottinghamshire Council goes mobile with Windows

15 Oct 2014 ComputerWeekly (

Nottinghamshire County Council is turning to Windows 8.1 to mobilise its workforce, starting with its social care division

McAfee highlights security challenges of a next-generation government

15 Oct 2014 ComputerWeekly (

McAfee has released a report investigating the security issues the 'government of tomorrow' might face

Heathrow considers bringing digital back in house

15 Oct 2014 CIO News (Edward Qualtrough)

Heathrow CIO Neil Clark says Europe's busiest airport could consider moving away from its fully outsourced IT model and bring some of the "areas close to business agility in the digital space" back in house.

Internet of Things and embedded devices lift Intel earnings

15 Oct 2014 CIO News (Mark Hachman)

Intel said yesterday it had sold more than 100 million microprocessors for the quarter as it notched record revenues of more than $14.6 billion, evidence that its growing work in the embedded space is beginning to take off.

Met Office partners with Open Data Institute

14 Oct 2014 GCN News

Met Office first UK trading fund to work with ODI on making climate data more freely available

Europe’s top cyber cop calls for access to online data

14 Oct 2014 ComputerWeekly (

Trust in police and state should be applied in cyber space as it is in the real world, says the head of Europol’s EC3

Dutch government organisations innovate in the field of BI

14 Oct 2014 ComputerWeekly (Kim Loohuis)

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority and the Radiocommunications Agency are using advanced BI to do new things

Real time information – the good and bad

14 Oct 2014 Campaign4Change ukcampaign4change

By Tony Collins Widespread publicity over the past week has drawn attention to inaccuracies in Real Time Information, HMRC’s system for handling PAYE submissions from employers every time they pay an employee rather that at the year-end. The Daily Telegraph … Continue reading →

Kable report argues for rethink of security spending priorities

13 Oct 2014 GCN News

Report suggests that all networks should be assumed to be compromised and what matters most is forensic intelligence and ability to react to breaches

IT industry seeks to improve relationship with government IT buyers

13 Oct 2014 ComputerWeekly (

The UK IT industry wants to make “real changes” in its relationship with government following longstanding criticisms

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