Weekly Broadcast Thursday 29 July 2010
Last chance to book Socitm 2010 at early bird rates!
The special offer comes off at the end of this month, so book now. Some new speakers
and topics have been confirmed this week, including UK Digital Champion Martha
Lane-Fox, who will be our final speaker on Tuesday 12 October. Check it all out online and download the pdf
for mailing to colleagues.
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Weekly Broadcast Thursday 22 July 2010
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Weekly Broadcast Thursday 15 July 2010
Information Assurance and
Data Handling - online Q&A 21 July
Socitm's Mark Brett will be leading a live Q&A discussion in the Government Connect benefits realisation fund Community of Practice on 21 July. All you have to do to take part is register with the CoP, and you'll be able to discuss issues, challenges and latest developments around information assurance, CoCo, and the data handling review. If you are not available on this date, you are welcome to post a question anytime before 21 July. For queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her on 0207 296 6153.
Send us your completed IT Trends questionnaire...
...and get your copy of the 2010/11 report free of charge. The survey is easy to complete, and there is no requirement to complete all the fields on the survey. Download a copy of from the IT Trends page on the Socitm website, or contact email@example.com to have one sent. Apart from getting your free report, completing the survey helps Socitm compile vital and accurate information about the state of IT within local public services - which we need to represent your work to government opinion-formers. Please complete and return the questionnaire by 6th August 2010.
Local CIO Council meets today (15 July)
The Local CIO Council, set up by Socitm in 2008 at the invitation of John Suffolk, the Government CIO, meets today. The LCIO Council represents the views and interests of local government to the main Government CIO and CTO Councils. Today's discussion will mostly be on PSN, G-Cloud, the Government Apps store, and the impact of public sector cuts on IT. Notes on the meeting will appear on the Socitm website in the Policy & Campaigns section
New on Socitm.tv: David Smith (ICO) on preventing data breach fines of up to £500,000
In this interview David Smith, Deputy Commissioner for the ICO and Paul Walker, Product Specialist for Informatica discuss how automated solutions can dramatically reduce the risk of data breaches by ensuring sensitive information is properly stored and automatically removed when it should be. View the video at: www.socitm.tv/DavidSmith . The video also covers the issue of using live data for testing and how the ICO can help organisations with their data protection obligations.
Have you considered entering the IT Excellence Awards 2010?
In the current climate there is an appetite for innovative service delivery initiatives that deliver the goods and that do so efficiently. Winning an IT Excellence Award means peer recognition and good publicity for your projects but, more importantly, it is indicative of an organisation that is ready to succeed despite the challenges we all face. Why not, get your entry form now , for the chance to be profiled as a nationally effective and efficient service delivery organisation. If successful you will be invited to present your entry at Socitm 2010 in October. The awards, run by Socitm in association with Intellect and SOLACE, cover three categories: service transformation; effective ICT partnering, and supplier excellence. Entries close on Monday 2 August.
Weekly Broadcast Thursday 8 July 2010
Socitm report free to download: online government services for business:
Results of a special survey by Socitm Insight for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) indicates that implementation of an EU directive to make it easy for businesses to find out about licensing, regulations and other formalities of setting up are patchy at best. Only 26 websites (5%) were rated as very good, 99 (18%) considered satisfactory, 320 websites (59%) poor, and on 94 websites (19%) reviewers could find no relevant information. The report is free to download for all, since this report was funded by BIS. Simply register at socitm.net and you will be able to access Better connected for business.
Update your data and get FREE access to the Applications Register
Emails have gone out in the last fortnight inviting public sector organisations to add new, or update existing data previously held on LB Brent's eGovernment Register and Socitm's Software Index. The updated data will then be available through Socitm's new Applications Register, created by merging material from the two services, and available to subscribers later in July 2010. The subscription will be free for public sector users who contribute data but other users will need to pay in order to gain access. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
New video on Socitm.tv: efficiency and secure flexible working
This video looks at how Hampshire County Council has worked with Juniper Networks to implement a secure remote access solution called Hantsnet Passport. The passport system has reduced the need for travel and substantially saved on office space by enabling staff to work from home and multiple office locations.
Click here to view
the video: http://www.socitm.tv/HampshireCC
Customer insight: redesigning services around customer needs
Long-term demographics and government plans to slash the deficit demand a drastic realignment of local public services. Doing the same things, only more cheaply, is no longer an option. It is time for a complete redesign of services - enabled by technology, but driven by a better understanding of what customers want. Find out more from the latest Socitm Insight briefing
Weekly Broadcast Thursday 1 July 2010
Update your data and get FREE access to the Applications Register
Emails went out earlier this week inviting public sector organisations to add new, or update existing data previously held on LB Brent's eGovernment Register and Socitm's Software Index. The updated data will then be available through Socitm's new Applications Register, created by merging material from the two services and available to subscribers later in July 2010. The subscription will be free for public sector users who contribute data but other users will need to pay in order to gain access. Please contact email@example.com to register your interest.Have you received your Socitm membership card?
All members should be receiving their Socitm membership card by post very shortly. The personalised card is a passport to all regional events and gives access to membership benefits. It also confirms current membership to colleagues and other contacts and reinforces the message that Socitm recognizes members as individuals. You can see a visual of the card on the Socitm website. If you don't received yours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lessons from the Open Election Data project
Publishing government information as open, linked data is a hot topic, and some of the key issues are captured in this document from Socitm and OpenlyLocal about lessons learned from one of the first attempts to have a group of public bodies publish linked data to the same consistent standard. The exercise surfaced some important challenges for future exercises - including the requirement local authorities have to publish all spending data and tenders over £500, from January. You can discuss the document in Socitm's Community of Practice on open data publishing - go to www.communities.idea.gov.uk and search on open data.
New to view on Socitm.tv: transforming ICT efficiency in local government
With ICT budgets being slashed across the public sector it is crucial for councils to ensure their frontline services are delivering value for money. In this interview, Tim Hearn, Director for Public Sector at Juniper Networks outlines the scale of the challenge and demonstrates how partnerships, shared services and the simplification of ICT infrastructure are all key to improving service efficiency. View the video at: http://www.socitm.tv/ICT