6 November, 2014 - 14:32

Martin Ferguson, Socitm's Director of Policy & Research, shared thoughts about 'The Digital Imperative' at Civica national event on November 5th. His presentation covered:

Digital future stateCore principlesDigital in health and social careThe digital imperative for local public services and suppliers
4 November, 2014 - 13:27

Our new bi-monthly update - Socitm Highlights - is an easy-to-view and downloadable presentation, which will provide you with a two-minute overview of current/new Socitm initiatives, events, news, projects, publications and services. The presentation is delivered to Socitm members and their guests at our regional networking meetings, where Socitm staff members are always present to answer questions and engage in further discussion.

3 November, 2014 - 09:54

The fact that usability determines usage (or not) of websites is the key message of The design of the online user experience: more to this than meets the eye the new briefing from Socitm.

The briefing reminds readers that the judgements of a group of well-intentioned, amateur web authors, providing content as an add-on to their main jobs, are no substitute for a full-time, centralised web team, whose members are professionally trained and have access to resources for user testing.

30 October, 2014 - 15:29


The Socitm 2014 Annual Conference agenda - built around the theme of 'Digital: Vision to Value' - attracted a range of news coverage. A few examples:

27 October, 2014 - 09:14

Integrating third party software to enable people to do things they want to do on council websites, such as renew library books or pay parking fines, is continuing to cause problems with usability.

In response to this and to share ways of improving things, Socitm has developed a new, dedicated one-day event that will run for the first time in London on 27 November.

24 October, 2014 - 16:04

Socitm has announced its Awards winners for 2014 at a ceremony held during its Annual Conference in Manchester 21-22 October.

21 October, 2014 - 14:00

Designed to inform debate in the run up to the next election, Socitm has launched a policy briefing on how local digital public services can best be delivered. 

Digital: Vision to Value - embracing locally designed, digital public services was launched by President Nick Roberts on 21 October at the Annual Conference, which took place at Manchester United's Old Trafford.

The briefing is explicitly addressed to politicians and senior policy and decision-makers, and sets out what will be required to deliver locally designed, digital public services. 

20 October, 2014 - 09:25

Hundreds of local authority IT professionals will gather Socitm's Annual Conference to hear the Government Digital Service’s Deputy Director spell out his views on digital transformation.

The two-day event, taking place at Old Trafford on 21st and 22nd October, will also feature speeches by Labour shadow minister Chi Onwurah and Digital Marketplace lead Tony Singleton.

14 October, 2014 - 16:45

Socitm is very pleased to announce the launch our new app. We have partnered with governmentM to develop the app, which now provides a range of information about and from Socitm, as well as specific details about our events such as the 2014 Annual Conference.

13 October, 2014 - 11:31

Socitm’ health and social care event series, staged in collaboration with the Department of Health and adult social care association ADASS, will be disseminating learning and galvanising action in response to the information and technology challenges of current and planned health and social care reforms.