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1 September, 2014 - 11:08

A properly funded local digital service, and much empowered in-house digital teams, are much more likely to reduce waste and duplication and deliver a better online user experience, than a single website for local government.

This is the conclusion of 'Collaborating and sharing digital assets: towards a local government digital service?', the latest briefing from Socitm. The briefing is the second in a series, part one of which set out why trying to create a single local government website was not a sensible or achievable approach.

15 August, 2014 - 16:29
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The Society of IT Management, the professional association for IT and digital leaders in local public services, has been commissioned by the Department of Health to support local stakeholders in meeting the information and technology challenges posed by health and social care reform.

4 August, 2014 - 10:34

How can local government best tackle the much discussed inconsistency, waste and duplicated effort across its digital activity, asks Socitm in the first of a pair of new briefings, published in July (#67) and August (#68).

The briefings have been inspired by the ongoing debate sparked off in January by a blogpost calling for a single local government website to replace those run by the UK’s 433 local authorities. 

2 July, 2014 - 09:21

Socitm is urging public sector ICT managers undertaking new product and service developments to consider the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) as an approach that combines the best of Agile and PRINCE2.

17 June, 2014 - 09:05

The idea of creating a single LOCALGOV.UK site that brings together information and services for all local government users in the way that GOV.UK does for central government, is ill-conceived and should not be attempted, says Socitm, the professional association for IT and digital leaders working in local public services.

Although the idea sounds attractive, on closer inspection the single local government website concept is deeply flawed because:

6 June, 2014 - 09:46

Reports published by the BBC and Computer Weekly earlier this week, based on research by IT supplier Bull, show poor understanding of how local councils procure and deploy IT, says Socitm, the association for IT and digital professionals w

30 May, 2014 - 15:23

Greater awareness of the means and relatively low cost of mobile access to the internet, and more mobile-friendly digital public services could solve the UK’s problem with digital exclusion, says a new briefing from Socitm. 

Rapid growth of mobile: the long-term answer to digital exclusion? quotes ONS figures showing that the proportion of the population using the internet has quickened significantly in the past 12 months, with some of this growth likely to be down to new, mobile-only users. 

27 May, 2014 - 09:29

Rapid technology change, austerity, and changes in public services are causing disruption for the ICT function. Demands upon it are increasing as public service managers must operate services at dramatically lower cost - up to 50% less - for the rest of the decade.

In its new report Business information services: the future ICT function?, Socitm recommends that ICT leaders should respond by taking action now to start transforming their function into a ‘business information service’.

20 May, 2014 - 09:24

Following publication of Socitm’s Do you do digital? guide, the IT and digital professionals organisation has created an interactive test to allow individuals to assess their organisation’s corporate commitment digital working and its capacity to deliver it. 

9 May, 2014 - 14:31

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.

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