Press releases

2 June, 2015 - 09:14

As public sector cutbacks eat deeper into middle management, local authority intranets may finally come into their own as an important tool for employee productivity.

According to Socitm’s latest briefing, Better connected intranets: is this now, at last, the time to engage? senior management who have up to now managed to avoid ‘self-service’ may find themselves using the council intranet for the first time – and not liking what they find.

2 June, 2015 - 09:14

As public sector cutbacks eat deeper into middle management, local authority intranets may finally come into their own as an important tool for employee productivity.

According to Socitm’s latest briefing, Better connected intranets: is this now, at last, the time to engage? senior management who have up to now managed to avoid ‘self-service’ may find themselves using the council intranet for the first time – and not liking what they find.

12 May, 2015 - 09:24

Socitm, the association for IT and digital professionals, has agreed a partnership with consultancy Boilerhouse to enable further development and promotion of its research, publishing and engagement activity around digital local services.

Boilerhouse will focus initially on development of Better connected, the Socitm research service that evaluates the customer experience of local public service websites and related digital activity.

1 May, 2015 - 09:31

Cloud computing is already in use or is being piloted in 90% of local public service provider organisations responding in survey published by Socitm, the association for IT professionals.

IT Trends Survey: Cloud computing services reports on the results of a ‘deep dive’ into the state of cloud computing procurement and adoption in the Socitm community carried out in November 2014.

103 organisations responded to the survey invitation, mostly local authorities but including other local public services and voluntary sector organisations.

24 April, 2015 - 14:14

Socitm, the association of IT and digital professionals working in and for public services, has confirmed Nadira Hussain, One Oracle Programme Manager at oneSource, the shared service created by the London Boroughs of Newham and Havering, as its new President.

Confirmation of her Presidency took place at Socitm’s Spring Conference in London on April 23.

Nadira has both private sector and extensive public sector experience and has worked in numerous roles both at the operational and strategic level within the ICT service and the business.

24 April, 2015 - 10:12

The extent of progress towards the ‘digital council’ – certainly a part of the answer to challenges facing local government – is set out in a new briefing from public services ICT association Socitm.

Towards the digital council: progress report, aimed at top management in local authorities, looks at key aspects of digital progress, including the performance of council websites, access to services from mobiles, engagement with stakeholders via customer accounts and social media, and approaches to digital strategy and management.

14 April, 2015 - 10:49

Dedicated Socitm ‘Network’ on Knowledge Hub to enhance member engagement

31 March, 2015 - 14:03

Against a backdrop of more, possibly greater, budget cuts for local public services, Socitm's Spring Conference will explore the role of ‘digital’ in the way local authorities, the NHS, and third sector bodies respond. 

The programme reflects continuing debates about how the ‘how’ and ’why’ of local digital services. 

30 March, 2015 - 10:09

What is the role of the ICT function in supporting an approach to delivering local public services that is focused on managing demand, rather that reducing supply in response to cuts in funding?

Demand management: a role for the ICT function? provides a response from an ICT management perspective to Insights – changing local services, the recent report by SOLACE on demand management.

27 February, 2015 - 10:39

Survey report highlights links between current approaches to digital governance and management and slow pace of progress.

Brighton & Hove leader Jason Kitcat has added his voice to those calling for a Local Government Digital Service.