Press releases

23 April, 2014 - 09:27

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 ICTs.

17 April, 2014 - 09:50

Socitm, the association of IT and digital professionals working in and for local public services, has confirmed Nick Roberts, IT Group Manager for Surrey County Council, as its new President. 

Confirmation of his Presidency took place at Socitm’s Spring Conference in London on April 10, at which Nick Roberts said that among other things, he would be building on the work Socitm has been doing to guide and support councils with the challenges of Information Assurance compliance and Public Services Network (PSN) connectivity. 

9 April, 2014 - 09:38

A short and highly visual guide to ‘digital’ for top management teams in local public services has been published by Socitm, the association for IT and digital professionals.

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 the Socitm website.

8 April, 2014 - 09:54

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? the latest briefing from Socitm.

Written for Socitm members, predominantly CIOs, heads of ICT and 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. 

1 April, 2014 - 13:16

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. 

Apprenticeships: a solution to staffing issues? the latest briefing from Socitm, says that talented personnel shifting from the public to private sectors in search of better pay and prospects present a looming problem for the sector. Public service employers in south east England, it says, are already reporting severe competition from the finance sector in London. 

18 March, 2014 - 09:15

With public sector budgets being squeezed ever tighter, Socitm’s Spring Conference 2014 will explore IT and digital routes to doing ‘better with less’ for customers of local public services. 

Digital: Discover It, Do It!, which takes place on Wednesday 9 April at the Inmarsat Conference Centre in London EC1, will explore how agile, collaborative, innovative, networked and digital working can achieve the apparently impossible.

7 February, 2014 - 10:33

Economic pressures, societal changes and technological advances are combining to put huge pressure on local public service ICT managers to reconfigure what they offer to their organisations and to do so at lower cost.

The changes now in train, covered in IT Trends 2013/14 published by Socitm, the professional association for IT leaders in local public services, will cause even greater disruption than the transition from mainframe to PC, says the report.

18 December, 2013 - 14:42

The trend to ‘bring your own device’ whereby employees can connect their own smartphones, tablets, laptops or other computers to their employer’s IT networks is set to continue in local public services says Socitm, despite the fact that central government regulations, in particular in connection to the Public Sector Network (PSN) are wary of this development. Globally, many organisations in the private and public sectors are deploying Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions to securely enable BYOD.

18 December, 2013 - 14:04

‘Watch this space’ advises Socitm briefing as dialogue continues with Cabinet Office over local authority public services network (PSN) compliance 

ICT managers in local public services have been advised to brief their organisations’ top teams on the continuing dialogue between local government and the Cabinet Office over requirements for connection to the public service network (PSN) and the implications for organisations that are non-compliant.