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Devon Police consider Dorset shared ICT plan

28 Jul 2014 GCN News

Decision expected to be taken by end of 2014 on potential ICT collaboration focused on improved cost effectiveness and interoperability

Coventry City Council IT chief retires after three decades in local government

28 Jul 2014 CIO News (CIO Staff)

Kevin Malone has retired from his role as Assistant Director of ICT at Coventry City Council after more than three decades working in local government technology.

Contactless payments due on London travel network from 16 September

28 Jul 2014 Dan Worth

Tubes, trains and trams to accept contactless payments

Bristol trust chooses CSC records system for NPfIT exit

25 Jul 2014 GCN News

Trust plans a number of events over next 12 months to prepare staff for replacement of NPfIT contract in October 2015

PSN team will benefit from CTO role

25 Jul 2014 GCN News

GDS influence to replicate focus on digital public services with onus on user need for networks

ICO releases data breach financial penalty review

25 Jul 2014 GCN News

Report into use of fines to punish data breaches fines identifies transparency of ICO decisions and fairness to public sector as key areas for review

G-Cloud supplier blames lack of stability for poor government spend

25 Jul 2014 ComputerWeekly (Archana Venkatraman)

G-Cloud supplier Databarracks calls for more stability and continuity, warning that lack of guidance and clarity is putting off local government

DWP to get Cloud-delivered protective monitoring from CSC

25 Jul 2014 GCN News

Protection delivered "as a service" will help generate £1m savings with increased scope and capability, says DWP

BT Isles of Scilly broadband cable spectacle to transform island life

24 Jul 2014 Dan Worth

Huge ships, snaking cables and drones all part of the spectacle on St Mary's

CIOs in Europe say BYOD is stalling, according to IDC

24 Jul 2014 CIO News (Tom Kaneshige)

Nearly half of CIOs in Europe aren't implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at all, according to a report from IDC Europe, and it's unlikely they'll change their minds anytime soon.

Skills agency awards BAE Systems £35m service integration deal

24 Jul 2014 GCN News

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence contract will deliver services across Skills Funding Agency's nationwide IT estate

Government adopts ODF as standard document format

23 Jul 2014 CIO News (Peter Sayer)

The government has adopted ODF as its standard for the exchange of word processor and spreadsheet files between British government departments and with citizens and suppliers, meaning that companies and citizens will not be required to buy a particular application or software suite in order to collaborate with government staff.

HMRC's Capgemini 'Aspire' contract costs spiral to £10.4bn

23 Jul 2014 CIO News (Charlotte Jee)

The total cost of HM Revenue & Customs' (HMRC) 'Aspire' ICT contract with Capgemini has spiralled from £4.1 billion to an estimated £10.4 billion by the time it expires in 2017, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

Skills shortages identified as key risk to government digital strategy

23 Jul 2014 ComputerWeekly (Bryan Glick)

Government Digital Service says skills shortage is one of the biggest risks to delivering more than £1.4bn of annual savings in Whitehall

Business Secretary calls for TSB’s funding to be doubled

23 Jul 2014 ComputerWeekly (Caroline Baldwin)

Business Secretary Vince Cable has urged the government to double the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) funding

Digital and CDOs must improve processes

23 Jul 2014 CIO News (Mark Chillingworth)

The CIO and director of customer access at Nottingham City Council Mark Gannon says the rise of digital in organisations must be used as an opportunity for organisations to improve their processes and their relationships with their customers.

GDS business plan reveals timeline for next year

22 Jul 2014 GCN News

Budget for year to March 2015 is due to be £58.3m

UK government confirms ODF as standard document format, rejecting Microsoft proposals

22 Jul 2014 ComputerWeekly (Bryan Glick)

The government has confirmed plans to standardise document formats and has resisted Microsoft lobbying by rejecting its preferred standard

NAO warns on border and immigration IT

22 Jul 2014 GCN News

NAO highlights unchanged legacy systems and unreliable data quality, warns real process improvement requires digitisation and data sharing

South west councils hope to save £6 million through shared services

22 Jul 2014 CIO News (Charlotte Jee)

Exeter, Teignbridge and East Devon councils hope to save £6 million over 10 years by sharing their ICT through a standalone company.

HMRC warned over slow progress on Aspire replacement

22 Jul 2014 ComputerWeekly (Caroline Baldwin)

The National Audit Office has warned HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about the challenges it will face moving away from its Aspire IT contract

NAO reveals Home Office spent £347m on failed ICW programme

22 Jul 2014 ComputerWeekly (Caroline Baldwin)

The Home Office spent £347m closing its Immigration Case Work programme, which was supposed to replace legacy databases

New G-Cloud security approach to commence next week

21 Jul 2014 GCN News

G-Cloud will cease providing Pan Government Accreditation from July 30th in favour of self-asserted security policy

NHS England seeks new director of intelligence

21 Jul 2014 GCN News

August 1st application deadline set for role to oversee data and information services including

New BlackBerry COO is ex-Sybase exec Marty Beard

21 Jul 2014 CIO News (Peter Sayer)

BlackBerry has recruited a new chief operating officer, Marty Beard, recently CEO of cloud customer service company LiveOps and before that an executive at Sybase.

Electronic document management – a paperless cure for the NHS?

21 Jul 2014 ComputerWeekly (Caroline Baldwin)

Will the NHS meet the 2018 deadline to go paperless? Or is it more likely that the NHS will just have less paper than it did in 2013?

Microsoft layoffs mean 'open season' for recruiters

21 Jul 2014 CIO News (Sharon Florentine)

The news that Microsoft will lay off approximately 18,000 workers - most from the Nokia mobile phone business acquired by Microsoft earlier this year - will unleash a flood of new talent into the IT hiring market, and could mean "open season" for recruiters, says Jason Berkowitz, vice president of client services for Seven Step RPO.

UK anti-piracy campaign set to kick off in 2015

21 Jul 2014 ComputerWeekly (Warwick Ashford)

A UK anti-piracy campaign aimed at educating people about copyright and legal ways to download digital content will begin in 2015

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