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News shots …. 29 June 2017



Ordnance Survey appoints chief data officer

Caroline Bellamy has been appointed as the new chief data officer for national mapping agency Ordnance Survey (OS). She joins from Vodafone where she has been in various leadership roles since 2008.

OS said her first task will be to define and establish her role, with responsibility for ensuring that the organisation’s data is optimised as a strategic asset. This will involve the implementation of an enterprise-wide data architecture and strategy.

Chief executive Nigel Clifford said: “OS data has always been of huge significance, but we are increasingly aware that with the transformative potential of digital technology our data is more important than ever. Caroline’s understanding of data and technology and her record of accomplishment in creating a business mindset that can extract extra meaning and value from it will be invaluable to OS and our public and private customers.”


Central Bedfordshire combines credit reference and business intelligence

Central Bedfordshire Council has appointed Destin Solutions as a single source supplier to provide credit reference and business intelligence data to support its debt recovery operations.

Based on a joint venture with Ascendant Solutions, the company has developed a solution for both processes that incorporates rolling single person discount reviews, rolling empty property reviews, commercial insights on national non-domestic rates, customer trace and customer financial insights. Destin Solutions said it believes this to be the first of its kind, as traditionally councils work with different suppliers for each area.

Gary Muskett, head of revenues and benefits at Central Bedfordshire, said: “We feel we will get an enhanced service and the continuity that comes with working with one supplier.”


Police ICT Company signs for competencies and assets management

The Police ICT Company has agreed a framework contract with three suppliers for systems to manage specialist police competencies and assets. The firms are Geoff Smith Associates, Innaxys and JML Software Solutions.

According to the contract notice, the four-year deal is worth about £5 million. It will provide support for training records capture and management for specialist competencies including firearms, dog handling and public order; and asset management for critical policing facilities in these areas.

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