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News shots …. 20 October 2016



Bromley extends Liberata contract

The London Borough of Bromley has stretched out is partnership arrangement with business process innovation company Liberata, with a two-year extension until 2020 worth a potential £22 million.

The company said it will continue to deliver and transform a number of services, including revenue and benefits processing, payroll, pensions, finance and accounting. Also, 81 of Bromley’s 91 schools are currently signed up to Liberata’s school services for payroll, finance and accounting, HR and specialist consultancy services.

It will also aim to increase self-service in revenues and benefits via the MyBromley portal.

Peter Turner, Bromley’s director of finance, commented: “Liberata has demonstrated improved KPI performance and delivered significant savings, all while seeking to improve the experience for residents.”


dxw launches out-of-box website service

Digital service company dxw has launched a service for public sector organisations to set up a website without any development.

Named GovSite, it is based on WordPress and can be configured to provide a range of functions, with the company providing hosting, updates and support so the client can focus on content.

dxw has previously helped to build web services for a number of government and NHS bodies. Its founder, Harry Metcalfe, said: “We’ve often been frustrated to see the good work of public sector teams being derailed because of the pressure of small budgets and short timelines. All public sector teams should be able to meet their user needs compellingly, even when money and time are short, and we think GovSite can help.”


Survey shows data breach weaknesses in councils

Over half of records and information managers at local authorities feel that security breaches are “accidents waiting to happen” because of time pressures and limited resources, according to a survey by Iron Mountain.

The storage and information management company found that 57% said they had only seconds to handle documents, and 61% admitted there were not enough staff to cope with the volume of information going through their organisation.

In addition, 67% believed there could be a significant data breach sooner rather than later, and 61% thought budget cuts were the main threat to the quality of their information security. Over half said there had been incidents involved poor information management over the past 12 months.


Picture by Lucas, public domain through Wikimedia Commons

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