Socitm recommends that ICT leaders should respond disruptive change in the ICT and public sector landscape by taking action now to transform their function into a ‘business information service’.
Socitm’s is inviting top teams in local public services to take an interactive test to answer the question Do you do digital?
The challenge follows publication last month of Do you do digital? Socitm's short and highly visual guide to the digital landscape published in April.
The Do you do digital? interactive allows individuals to assess their organisation’s corporate commitment digital working and its capacity to deliver it.
CIOs and heads of ICT have a vital role to play in creating ‘smart’ places – cities, regions or rural areas – where local leaders need to bring together a locality’s natural resources and economic strengths with an appropriate technical architecture.
Developing a smart vision for a city, region or other local area is critical, and not doing so will prejudice the well-being and life chances of citizens, says Smart places: smart infrastructure, systems or people? the latest briefing from Socitm.
PSNGB, the industry association for PSN suppliers and the Local Government Solutions Advisory Group, co-ordinated by Socitm, have announced that they will work together as part of an innovative network of subject matter experts. The joint aim is to develop and promote solutions that accelerate and enable collaboration between local public services; improving outcomes, efficiency and customer experience.
Why should local public services not reward individuals or teams whose innovations may save millions of pounds for their organisation with say, 10% of the value from what they have created?
This ‘extremely challenging proposition’ is posed at the end of The conditions for successful innovation, a new report written by Socitm for CIOs and heads of ICT.
Nick Roberts, IT Group Manager for Surrey County Council, has been confirmed as the new Socitm President at Socitm’s Spring Conference, which took place in London on April 10.
Nick, who takes over the Presidency from Steve Halliday, CIO at Solihull MBC, has a long history with Socitm. He was previously chair of the Socitm South, Socitm's largest region, and chair of the National Advisory Council (now named Membership Advisory Council). He has also served as Vice Chair of the Socitm Insight Steering Group (now Socitm Research Steering Group.
Do you do digital? is a short and highly visual guide for top management teams in local public services.
In 16 pages, Do you do digital? outlines the scope, reach and progress of digital adoption by local public services, highlighting best practice and areas requiring improvement or a faster pace of change.
The guide is free to all and is downloadable now from this website. If you are not already registered on this site you will need to register and log in to make the download.
Advice on how to ‘frame the issue’ and so better influence discussions with senior management about what ‘IT’ and ‘digital’ have to offer is given in ‘Digital’ – What’s in a name? Socitm’s latest briefing.
Written for senior ICT managers, the briefing stresses the importance of paying attention to the terminology used in discussions that are fundamentally about improving business performance and the customer experience.
Apprenticeships could compensate for a likely IT talent drain from public services as the private sector benefits from a recovering economy and the public sector endures continuing austerity.
Results from the latest Better connected survey of council website performance suggest that council websites need to move faster to accommodate the rapid growth in the use of mobiles to access online services. Socitm’s Website performance service shows that these grew during 2013 to average 31%.